Ethan Hawke in Bucharest to help send impoverished children to gradinita

Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater came to Bucharest to raise funds for OvidiuRo’s Fiecare Copil in Gradinita program and encourage early education for Romania’s poorest children through the premiere of their latest movie, Before Midnight.

The two Hollywood legends came to Bucharest before it’s too late to help Asociatia OvidiuRo co-founded by Leslie Hawke and Maria Gheorghiu raise €140,000 to continue the award-winning social program Fiecare Copil in Gradinita through the 2013-2014 school year.

The“Before” series and Fiecare Copil in Gradinita have some things in common:

They have both turned into long-term sustainable projects—and the results just keep getting better!

“When we made “Before Sunrise” we didn’t know it would have such an impact on people.  OvidiuRo didn’t know that small incentives would bring 80% of impoverished kids to kindergarten,” said Academy Award nominee Hawke at the premiere of Before Midnight in Bucharest.  

Before Midnight is the third movie of the popular Before series starring Ethan Hawke (Jesse) and Julie Delpy (Celine). The saga began in 1995 with Before Sunrise, continued in 2004 with Before Sunset and picks up in 2013 with Before Midnight. The first movie was not intended to have a sequel, but fans were so intrigued by what was going to happen at the end of the film that the team (Hawke, Linklater and actress Julie Delpy) decided, 9 years later, to tell the rest of the story.  But the end of Before Sunset was another romantic cliffhanger – so last summer they set about to write a 3rd installment – about what happens when you finally get what your heart desires.

Film critics in the U.S. are saying that Before Midnight is even better than the previous Befores, that “Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy surpass impossible expectations” (Vanity Fair) and that “Before Midnight is the most important cinematic story of all times”(The Week).

The name of the event,  “Before It’s Too Late”, is a reminder that attention MUST be paid to poor children’s early intellectual development – before it is too late to impact their success in school.

Without preschool education, impoverished children never catch up with the other kids, who have a richer home environment . If we don’t heavily invest in their education, of course they will be a drain on society when they grow up!”, says Leslie Hawke.

OvidiuRo must raise €140,000  this summer in order to fund Fiecare Copil in Gradinita for the 2013-14 school year. This will keep 1400 children coming to preschool everyday. OvidiuRo’s long term goal is to turn Fiecare Copil in Gradinita into public policy so that every poor child in Romania gets quality early education and – and can then become an active member of society.

Contact: oana.livadariu@ovid.ro, 0722715843. Site: www.ovid.ro, Facebook: Asociatia OvidiuRo

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