All Press Releases for July 16, 2022

Coptic Orphans' Board Member Inducted into 900-Year-Old Order

Dr. Sherif Helmy joins the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller

    FAIRFAX, VA, July 16, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Award-winning nonprofit organization Coptic Orphans is pleased to announce that board member Dr. Sherif Helmy has been inducted into the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller.

Dr. Helmy's investiture was performed this past June by Prince Vladimir Karađorđević of Yugoslavia, the great-grandson of Peter I, the last King of Serbia at St. Cuthbert's Church.

As in the early days of the Sovereign Order of St. John, the Order's ranks and hierarchy are taken from the military organization in form, although as a volunteer organization. It now maintains over 900 years of tradition, dedicated to serving the sick and the poor since its founding in 1099.

"Dr. Helmy embodies our core values of personal integrity, spirit of service, and excellence," Coptic Orphans' Founder and Executive Director Nermien Riad said of the new knight of honor.

His newfound status as a member of The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem distinguishes him as a highly accomplished individual of great integrity who upholds traditions of chivalry, has an extensive record of philanthropy, and aims to serve those in greatest need.

Regarding his new investiture, Helmy shared that he is "hoping this will further our charity work and will create more opportunities for our service."

Coptic Orphans is an award-winning international Christian development organization that unlocks the God-given potential of vulnerable children in Egypt, and so equips them to break the cycle of poverty and become change-makers in their communities. Coptic Orphans works through grassroots partners and volunteer networks to strengthen local communities for sustainable impact. Since 1988, Coptic Orphans has transformed the lives of over 75,000 children in Egypt. Headquartered in Washington DC, Coptic Orphans has expanded to offices in Egypt, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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