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DIY Network hosts lend support to Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Home Builders Blitz’

AMERICUS, Ga. (June 5, 2006) – DIY Network hosts Karl Champley and Ed Del Grande will lend their building expertise and serve as spokespersons on behalf of Habitat for Humanity during the organization’s “Home Builders Blitz,” June 5-9.

In one week, Habitat for Humanity and 1,000 professional homebuilders will work to build more than 400 homes in 130 locations across the country. Builders are donating their professional skills, subcontractor services and materials to make the homes possible. As the single-largest one-week build in Habitat’s history, the Home Builders Blitz will give many low-income families an opportunity to own a home of their own.

Champley is a Master Builder and is the host of “DIY to the Rescue.” The Australian native has more than 20 years of experience in the building trade working as a qualified tradesman, contractor and building consultant for residential and commercial construction. He is also a Habitat for Humanity volunteer who will help to kickoff the nationwide build in Raleigh, N.C.

A three-time Master Plumber with more than 25 years of experience, Ed Del Grande is host of “Ed the Plumber” on DIY, author of the syndicated Q&A newspaper column “Ask the Plumber,” and a contributor and host on HGTVPro.com.

During Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz, Del Grande will visit builds in Houston; Richmond, Va.; and attend the closing dedication in Raleigh, N.C. As a Habitat volunteer, Del Grande helped to build homes and made special appearances during Habitat for Humanity’s “Jimmy Carter Work Project” in Michigan in 2005 and the 200,000th house celebration in Knoxville, Tenn., also in 2005. In addition to his work with DIY, Del Grande is a spokesperson for Kohler, which is a national sponsor of the Home Builders Blitz.

“We are grateful to Ed and Karl for lending their skills and celebrity to help build homes and raise awareness,” said Kevin Campbell, national director of the Home Builders Blitz, Habitat for Humanity International.

The idea of a nationwide build that partnered Habitat for Humanity with professional homebuilders began in Raleigh, N.C., in 2002 when 12 homes were constructed in one week. In Raleigh in 2003, 24 homes were built in a week and 12 homes in Greensboro, N.C. In 2004, professional homebuilders built 12 Habitat homes in Greensboro and in 2005, seven were blitz-built in Durham, N.C. This year, the national kickoff for Habitat’s first nationwide Home Builders Blitz will be in Raleigh and the last house will be dedicated there for the week.

Habitat is ranked the 18th largest home builder in the United States and the third largest private home builder. Habitat works in more than 1,700 locations across the country completing on average more than 5,000 homes per year and nearly 20,000 homes per year outside the United States.

National sponsors for Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz include:

National Product Partners
Whirlpool Corporation, Dow, Ferguson Enterprises, Kohler Corporation, Yale, Square D, Valspar, Hunter Douglas, Larson Manufacturing Company, Rinnai Corporation, MASCO Corporation, National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Housing Endowment

National Builder Partners
Centex Homes and KB Home

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.