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MoneyGram to Deliver Supplies to School Children in Romania

October 4, 2012 | Press Release

Leading global money transfer company begins back-to-school season with $100,000 donation to World Vision

Bucharest (Oct. 4, 2012) - Students in Valcea, Vaslui, Cluj, and Ialomita counties will have new school supplies, as part of MoneyGram's $100,000 donation to World Vision to support education, with employees personally distributing education essentials at one Ialomita county school on Thursday, Oct. 4.

MoneyGram and World Vision representatives and the Manager of Aviator Constantin Cantacuzino school from Jilavele, Ialomita county will commemorate the event during a brief ceremony, followed by the distribution of supplies to the students and a performance by the Colinda children's group. 

The school supply delivery in Romania is part of MoneyGram's (NYSE: MGI) global effort to bring children closer to their education goals by donating school supplies for the back-to-school season in more than a dozen countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

"Education is the first step to a productive life, which is why many MoneyGram customers working in other countries use our service to send money home to help their families prepare for the new school year," said Juan Agualimpia, chief marketing officer of MoneyGram. "We're pleased we can bring families closer together through our services, and especially happy to support education in communities where we work and live throughout the world." "MoneyGram believes education is a key to economic opportunities for individuals, families and communities and supporting initiatives that help make this possible is a focus of ours,:" said Radu Pojoga, MoneyGram country manager, Romania and Bulgaria. "Today, we're supporting 600 students in Ialomita, Vaslui, Valcea and Cluj counties. With supplies they need for their studies as part of our global Back-to-School campaign. We hope these school supplies will bring joy and inspiration to the children who will be visited by our teams" MoneyGram employees in Kenya and the Philippines also will distribute school supplies to students in need. In addition, children in other countries where World Vision works will benefit from this donation, including young students in Albania, Ghana, Haiti, Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam.

"The World Vision projects worldwide are in particular need of school supplies, and we are so thankful for MoneyGram's generous donation. In Romania, through this donation, 600 children supported by our organization will receive school supplies to start the school year. Thousands more children supported by World Vision in several countries will also receive the basics school supplies they need," said Catalin Popa, National Director of World Vision Romania. "We're also glad to see MoneyGram employees get involved in the distribution of supplies, so they can witness first-hand the important benefit of these efforts and see the difference they're making in children's lives."

MoneyGram donated to World Vision because of the organization's focus on fighting poverty by increasing educational opportunities for children in more than 100 countries around the world.

"We are pleased to amplify the resources available to schools in Romania and other regions to help inspire children take a step toward a brighter future," said Pojoga. 

About MoneyGram

MoneyGram, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions to meet their financial needs. MoneyGram offers bill payment services in the United States and Canada and money transfer services worldwide through a global network of more than 284,000 agent locations -- including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions -- in 196 countries and territories. To learn more about money transfer or bill payment at an agent location or online, please visit moneygram.com or connect with us on Facebook.

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.  For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.

Media Contacts:

Patty Sullivan/Mike Gutierrez+1.214.303.9923

media@moneygram.com

Loredana Oproiu, Communication Consultant Nicola Porter Novelli, e-mail: loredana.oproiu@porternovelli.ro; m: 0747 070 011 
Emanuela Dragomir, Communication Officer World Vision, Ialomita Development Area emanuela_dragomir@wvi.org; m: 0736 444 802
Anca Bejenaru, PR&Communication Manager World Vision anca_bejenaru@wvi.org; m: 0736 444 815

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