In 90 communities around the nation, supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are collecting pledges for the 4th annual St. Jude Give thanks. Walk on Nov. 17. to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases.Katharine McPhee supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Give thanks. Walk.The theme of this year’s 5K is Walk. Give. To help them live. The locations vary – from Soldier Field in Chicago and Jungle Island in Miami, to National Sylvan Theatre in Washington, D.C., Frisco Square in Dallas and the Atlanta Zoo, among others.Donor dollars help ensure that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues its pioneering research and lifesaving treatment while fulfilling its commitment that no patient family will ever pay St. Jude for anything.Among those families is Ashley, a five-year-old St. Jude patient from New York City. She is receiving treatment for a cancerous tumor called brainstem glioma. Ashley loves clothes and is determined to beat this disease, so she can be a professional model one day.“As painful as a cancer diagnosis can be, it is not a child’s only defining moment,” said Rick Shadyac Jr., ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital CEO. “At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a patient’s journey is not just about survival – but surviving to enjoy a long lifetime of celebratory moments that they deserve to share with their families.”For the second year in a row, actress and Columbia recording artist Katharine McPhee is helping raise awareness about the walk. This year’s incentive package for fundraisers includes a trip to New York City with travel and accommodations, to meet McPhee and visit the set of “Smash.” The challenge: those who secure a minimum of 10 new online donations between Nov. 1-16 will be entered into the drawing.“Last year it was heartwarming to witness so many communities across the country come together for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said McPhee. “Touched by the generosity of these donors, I wanted to do something more this year – something that would leave a lasting memory and inspire more people to give.”Other celebrity guests fundraising and attending this year’s St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. events around the country are actress Josie Loren; “The Client List” actress Elisabeth Rohm; “The Hunger Games” actress, Ford model Kalia Prescott; actress Joey King of “Crazy Stupid Love” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful;” and Sabrina Soto, Target Style Expert for Home, author and HGTV designer and personality.“After walking the halls of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with my own mother, I was inspired by the patients to join the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Soto. “It is a cause that touched me because the amazing discoveries of St. Jude researchers and doctors are literally saving the lives of children around the world.”For children diagnosed with deadly diseases who never step foot on the hospital campus, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with the global medical community, helping save countless lives.Although St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped push overall U.S. survival rates from 20 to 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago, pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death due to disease among U.S. children older than 1. To further improve survival, more research breakthroughs and innovative treatments are needed.St. Jude Give thanks. Walk serves as the official kick-off event for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which is a retail fundraising campaign throughout the holiday shopping season.For the latest details about specific events, visit givethankswalk.org.Source:PR Newswire
The Elders yesterday called on the international community, notably the UN Security Council, to take all possible measures to restore peace and security urgently to the Central African Republic (CAR), where inter-communal violence has worsened and credible allegations of widespread human rights abuses have been reported.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “I urge the Security Council to act swiftly and decisively and authorise the resources urgently needed to begin stabilising the CAR. The interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza, is a courageous leader who needs all the support she can get at this difficult moment for her country.”Over the past two months, more than a thousand deaths have been reported in the capital, Bangui, alone in clashes between Muslim ex-Séléka fighters and Christian anti-Balaka militia forces. Nearly a million people have been displaced in the capital, while more than half of the 4.5 million inhabitants of the CAR are reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance.“I pray that the people of the CAR will come to their senses soon and stop the bloodshed,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “The reports of sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers and other grave abuses, including the beheading of children, are absolutely ghastly. The African Union, the UN and the European Union all have a part to play in restoring peace, getting help to those in need, and preparing for fresh elections.”The Elders are independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (Chair), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.Desmond Tutu is an honorary Elder.
As the Official Vehicle of Manchester United, Chevrolet is proud to offer 6 exclusive fan packages when Manchester United comes to America to face off against Real Madrid FC on August 2.All proceeds from the auctions go to support the United Way. Founded in 1887, United Way Worldwide is advancing the common good and mobilizing the caring power in nearly 1,800 communities around the world.As well as VIP ticket packages, you can also bid on the chance to have your child escort a player onto the field, and the chance to walk the pitch before the game.To make a bid or find out more, click here.
As The Duke of Cambridge tours China this week — the first such visit by a senior member of the British Royal Family since the 1980s — WildAid and its partners are spreading the word for elephants and rhinos with public service announcements starring His Royal Highness across the country.Video: WildAid and the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) Give 40-Story Shout Out to ElephantsIn 2013, The Duke was joined by WildAid ambassadors Yao Ming and David Beckham to film two PSAs (“Whole World” and “Fatherhood”) urging people around the world never to buy rhino horn, ivory or shark fin.A new message running on the world’s largest video screen, seen by millions of people each day on the façade of Citi Tower on the Bund in Shanghai. This 40-story video screen is a prominent display on the city’s iconic waterfront.Central China Television (CCTV), one of WildAid’s key media partners in China, is donating primetime placement for two WildAid-produced PSAs featuring The Duke. These ads will be shown a total of 150 times during the week of the royal visit. The Duke is also actively supporting efforts to reduce the wildlife trade as Patron of the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife.The Duke has also lent his support along with several other WildAid ambassadors to the Ivory Free campaign with partners the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants. Over 100 billboards have been placed at airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. All told, they’re spreading the word on ivory and rhino horn to hundreds of millions of people this week.The Duke’s conservation message adds an important voice as more consumers in China have become aware of the wildlife poaching and illegal trade while momentum builds for stronger actions. In two reports published Tuesday, WildAid found a significant improvement in awareness on how rhino horn and ivory are obtained as well as how the market for such products is devastating elephant and rhino populations while supporting criminal networks in Africa and Asia. The surveys also found that 95 percent of respondents supported an ivory ban, while an equal percentage favored stricter punishments for rhino horn trade offenders.Over the past 18 months, WildAid has seen an increasing commitment by the Chinese government to restrict the ivory market — most recently with last week’s announcement of a one-year ban on imports of African ivory carvings. A ban on the China’s domestic ivory market is what’s truly needed to save Africa’s elephants, and we’re very hopeful this can be achieved.On Monday, The Duke met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where they discussed wildlife issues, according to the BBC. On Wednesday, His Royal Highness is scheduled to travel to China’s Yunnan province, home to an estimated 250 Asian elephants. There he will visit an elephant sanctuary and give a speech at a regional conservation conference.Source:WildAid
Oscar- and Grammy-Award Winning Singer and Songwriter, John Legend will perform at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.The evening’s Courage and Commitment honoree is Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, and the Wiesel Family. Mr. Wiesel is a renowned author and the President of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He has been awarded more than 100 honorary degrees, and is the recipient of the esteemed Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize for Peace. Acceptance remarks will be delivered by Mr. Wiesel’s son, Elisha Wiesel.Karen E. Andrews, MMRF Co-Founder and a current member of the MMRF Board of Directors, will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award. Ms. Andrews has been a steadfast champion of accelerating cancer research and has helped the MMRF to become one of the leading research foundations in the nation, if not the world. A Greenwich, CT resident, Ms. Andrews also serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the March Of Dimes.Both awards are the highest accolade presented by the Foundation in recognition of extraordinary contributions by the honorees to inspire hope through his or her life’s work.The evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies is Bonnie Hunt, Actress, Director, Producer and Writer and MMRF Honorary Board of Directors. Presenting sponsors include: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Biotech, Inc. Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the groundbreaking cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of myeloma patients and find a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer.The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest charity event in Fairfield County, CT and is attended by over 1,200 of the nation’s most prominent celebrities, business executives and health care professionals. For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, please visit: www.themmrf.org/FallGalaTickets. To reserve a table or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-584-5463.