The results are in! Thanks to your help, More than Me was one of 40 winners of the Ford Focus Global Test Drive video contest.

Below is our press release announcing this exciting news. Help spread the word!

More than Me wins Ford Global Test Drive Video Contest
Non-profit receives $10,000 to help send girls to school

At the end of February, the More than Me Foundation will send Stephanie Hood and Katie Meyler to Spain with 40 other non-profits as winners of the Ford Focus Global Test Drive. Announced at the Paris Autoshow in 2010, the Ford Focus Global Test Drive was an online contest that invited the public to post two-minute videos on Facebook with the theme, “Start More than a Car.” Each winner received $10,000 to go towards the charity of their choice and a trip for two to Spain from February 18th through the 21st.

Facebook users selected More than Me’s winning video from among more than 300 entries. The winning video featured people on the streets of New York City reciting a poem by More than Me founder Katie Meyler. Meyler and More than Me executive director, Stephanie Hood, will be documenting their time in Spain as they join the other winners to spread the message of the Ford Focus Global Test Drive: that people can work together to start something big.

More than Me, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed in 2009 after founder Katie Meyler returned from war-torn Liberia determined that one person with enough drive can make a difference. Meyler now speaks to schools and organizations about how to “be the change” they want to see in the world. She founded More than Me to increase access to education for children abroad and raise global awareness here in the U.S.

Liberia has the second lowest per capita income in the world and, for most families, survival takes priority over education. As the Liberian government recuperates from the debt created by a brutal civil war, its funding is not enough to support education for all Liberian children. Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, recently said, “With each new student in school, we get closer to a point where the hopes and dreams of our children can be turned into reality.[…]Education is essential to our progress.”

More than Me operates with no paid staff and nominal overhead costs. As a volunteer-run non-profit, More than Me will be able to put all of the Ford Focus Global Test Drive money to help girls get off the street and into the classroom. The money will go towards meeting More than Me’s goal of sending 100 girls to school this year.

According to a 2005 study, 92 percent of women in Liberia have been raped; prostitution rates among girls are disturbingly high; and school enrollment for girls is alarmingly low. Get involved! You can help!

Help spread the word about More than Me’s winning video and work to send girls to school.

– “Like” More than Me on Facebook and post: “@More than Me Foundation is one of the Ford Focus Global Test Drive video contest winners! Become a fan and follow this awesome non-profit as they ‘start more than a car’ to help girls get off the street and into school.”
– Follow us on Twitter and spread the word to your followers: “Check out @MoreThanMeORG as they travel to #Spain with #Ford Global Test Drive to help take girls off the street and put them into school!”
– Check out our website to sign up for the More than Me newsletter, stay up to date with our blog, and find out how to volunteer.