Foundation Honors Selfless Father
In November 2011, IBO Angela Heppleston suffered a devastating loss when her father, Michael Moran, died suddenly of cardiac arrest at age 63.
“After his passing I started looking for a way to not only keep his memory alive and continue his legacy, but to honor the great man he was – kind, loving, hardworking and generous,” says Angela.
As a retired police officer (serving 40+ years), an elder in his church, and an outstanding husband, father, and grandfather, “he truly spent his life serving and helping others,” she explains. “I never want that part of him to be forgotten. I want my children and the rest of world to know and remember him.”
And that’s how the Michael Moran Enrich Memorial Fund began, an organization dedicated to “enriching the body and the soul” in the same selfless manner of its namesake.
Mission trip planned
“Just before he died, my father was scheduled to be part of a mission’s trip to Nicaragua with his good friend, Pastor Glen Pitts,” recounts Angela. “Pastor Glen told me how the school he supported in Nicaragua was trying to start a lunch program which would provide 400 children with at least one nutritious meal and a multivitamin a day, along with a scripture to memorize.”
My dad was such an amazing man. I’m happy to honor him by simply doing what he did his entire life: Giving. – Angela Heppleston
The Nueva Vida School is a privately funded Christian grade school in the slums of the capital city of Managua, where nearly 1,500 families were relocated after the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, when over 9,000 people perished and two million were left homeless.
“With virtually no support from the government, other than raw land, these families have sought to eke out a subsistence existence in the years that followed,” explains Angela.
The school did manage to implement the lunch program but still needed to raise funds for the vitamins and the scriptural memorization lessons. “I knew supporting a school that my father was scheduled to visit himself was a great opportunity to showcase his wonderful legacy,” says Angela.
The Michael Moran Enrich Memorial Fund has since begun a plan to provide all 400 children with a “Daily Vitamin and ABC Scripture Memorization Program,” providing needed sustenance both for the body and soul. The cost of this program alone is about $6,000 annually, or $15 per child per year. They are now raising funds and looking for sponsors to cover those costs.