DENVER (CBS4) – The Tim Tebow Foundation launched a fundraiser Tuesday in an effort to collect donations for the construction of a new children’s hospital in the Philippines.
The Broncos starting quarterback announced earlier this month that his foundation was teaming up with CURE International on the $3.1 million project. Organizers of the effort say they are looking to raise the remaining $700,000 needed to make the hospital a reality.
“Every Tim Tebow fan is encouraged to donate $1 each to help the foundation realize this goal,” the foundation wrote in a news release. “Donations can be made online at timtebowfoundation.org, and all donors will get receipts for their donations.”
Organizers said they are calling the fundraiser Dollar Day and hope to have the money raised in a very short time.
“Tim’s fans are always eager to get involved and to make a difference,” said Erik Dellenback, Executive Director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, in a prepared statement.
Tebow was born in the Philippines and his parents have worked as missionaries there. He says the nation “has always had a special place in my heart.”
Construction on the hospital is expected to begin in January. It will be located in Davao City in Mindanao.
There are currently 11 CURE International hospitals across the globe.
In addition to the Philippines hospital effort, the Tim Tebow Foundation works to build playrooms in children’s hospitals, called Timmy’s Playrooms. It also is involved in supporting orphans and helping children with life-threatening illnesses.