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Hays PureWater Launches $10,000 Campaign To Save Lives

WASHINGTON, IA, November 25, 2014 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — 783 million people live each day without clean water and 3.4 million die annually from a lack of pure water. To combat these staggering statistics, Washington-based nonprofit, Hays PureWater, launched a crowd-funding campaign. The money raised will fund 30 Khlor Glen technology units to purify water for 150,000 individuals. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 by December 1st.

Hosted on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo, the project offers nine sponsorship levels. Each level includes novelty “rewards” for donors, ranging from stickers to t-shirts to a trip to Haiti. The rewards are unique, innovative and hands on, giving donors a sense of ownership in the project. For just $2,500, an investor can travel to Haiti (all inclusive) to see the life changing benefits first hand.

The Khlor Glen is a simple unit that turns salt water into chlorine. The chlorine treats infected water, removing deadly impurities and toxins in just one hour. It’s solar powered and easily used in remote areas, where clean water is most needed. “It will also impact malaria zones as it can be used as a bug repellant and protect from disease,” says founder John Hays. “Even just using the chlorine produced by the unit as a sanitizer can cut down on so many infections that the natives in these areas don’t even know exist.”

In the last eight years, Hays PureWater distributed over 4,000 purifying units around the world, changing entire communities by implementing this system. It’s proven to work. Hays builds each system with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. Nothing is outsourced, ensuring the most effective product for the lowest cost. Now all they need is help from their community to change the lives of those in need once more.

See the crowd-funding campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hays-purewater-providing-clean-water-globally

ABOUT Hays PureWater
In 2006, after traveling around developing nations on missions trips, John Hays began to create a low cost, portable solution for water purification. John, who worked with municipal water works for over 30 years, put his experience to use and developed the Khlor Gen system. Through the years, the design and look has been changed and improved, but the mission has stayed the same. The organization exists to provide people with clean water, reaching out to them through word and deed. Eight years and 4,000 units later, that mission continues full steam ahead. For more information, logon to www.hayspurewater.com.

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Contact-Details: TJ Widbin
tj@hayspurewater.com
319-470-7391

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GIL GARCETTI ANNOUNCES ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR “WELLS BRING HOPE”, THE CHARITY HE INSPIRED. IT IS COMMITTED TO SAVING LIVES WITH SAFE WATER IN THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

Philanthropist Stanley Black opens the gates to his legendary Holmby Hills estate to help Wells Bring Hope raise money to drill wells and bring safe water to the people of Niger, West Africa.

Gil Garcetti, and founder Barbara Goldberg, announced today that Wells Bring Hope’s annual fundraiser will be held on September 21, 2014, 3-6 p.m., at the home of philanthropist Stanley Black.

It will include live and silent auctions, live music, delicious food, wine and an exotic iced tea bar. The cost is $150.00 per person, fully tax deductible. 100% of all donations will be used to drill safe water wells in Niger. Founded in 2008, “ Wells Bring Hope” has raised close to $2 million and drilled 281 wells.

In Niger, the poorest country in the world…

•  44% earn less than $1.25 a day

•  61% have no access to clean water

•  96% have no access to sanitation

•  85% of women cannot read or write

“It is the women and girls who suffer the most because they are responsible for getting the water, water that often causes death and disease. When a well is drilled, girls go to school and we give women microfinance tools to start small businesses. It puts an end to the downward spiral of poverty,” said Gil Garcetti.

“One out of 7 children dies before their fifth birthday. When a well is drilled, child mortality is reduced by 70 per cent and lives are transformed for generations to come,” said Founder Barbara Goldberg.

For more information: info@wellsbringhope.org

To purchase tickets: www.biddingforgood.com/wellsbringhope and click on “Order Tickets” under “Live Event” on right.

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Contact:
Kate Cusimano
802-233-6254
Kate@wellsbringhope.org

Media contact: Jane Sparango
310-339-1214
jane@wellsbringhope.org
www.wellsbringhope.org

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Internet Entrepreneurs Strive For Real Affordable HealthCare

Even with insurance, Steve Barnes’ medical bills now total in the 100,000s of dollars and growing. He is currently institutionalized because insurance will not cover life saving medication if he was home.

Repeatably Steve has had to make decisions that have hampered his recovery because of cost. Basic treatment has been denied because of his inability to pay upfront ($1600 per day).

Steve has already been through 6 brain surgeries with the promise of at least two more. He is struggling with debilitating pain, blood clots, and multiple infections.

A group of heart centered entrepreneurs want to ease the stress the growing medical bills are causing and have created an unbelievable gift pack for anyone willing to make a minimum donation to ease Steve’s financial burden.

By working together we can do what the Affordable Health Care Act has failed to accomplish. We can get Steve the care he needs

For a minimum of $20 each donator will receive…

*Program yourself for Success – audio download from Brad Yates
*Keith Matthew’s Self Mastery Success System
*Synchronicity Expert Nill White’s Decoding Life’s Secret Message Course
*Jodi Chapman’s Coming Back to Life e-course
*Jeff Gignac’s Goal Factory Formula Program
*MindPowerMp3.com’s BraveHeart Instant happiness System
*Dan Bainbridge’s Natural Hypnosis Stress Relief and Relaxation Mp3s
*Lily Jensen’s Manifest Your Dream’s Volume 1

Steve Barnes knows that he has been placed on this earth for a greater purpose. He is ready to stop being a victim of our current health care system. He is ready to do his part to make this world a better place to live.

To learn more and to collect your gift pack visit…
http://evolutionezine.net/support-steve-barnes

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King and Co To Help Create Felsted School 450th Anniversary Project

Essex’s leading tree nursery has announced its involvement in an exciting school project, which has been launched recently to mark a huge milestone for one of the region’s most historic independent schools.

Paul King, director of Rayne-based firm King and Co, will be helping Felsted School celebrate its 450th anniversary next year by contributing to a monumental on-site living sculpture. As a highly regarded tree specialist, Mr King is something of a celebrity within the local horticultural community, having been awarded Gold at Chelsea 2012 for his design of a Formula 1-themed garden at the world-renowned Flower Show. He also appeared on The One Show and filmed with Alan Titchmarsh and Christine Walkden in 2012.

Work has already begun on the cutting edge piece, which is intended to be a key visual element of the school’s festivities and as such will feature forty five Himalayan Birch trees. Each of the trees has been kindly donated by King and Co and is intended to represent a decade of the school’s rich history. All have now been planted to ensure they are established in time for the upcoming celebrations.

The designer behind the ambitious sculpture, Felsted School’s very own Arts co-ordinator David Smith, has made it clear to the local press that he wants this stunning piece of art to “embody the ethos and philosophy of Felsted” by acting as a“curtain of colour and movement” throughout all seasons. He hopes that the end sculpture will symbolise many features of the school and will enthral both staff and students for many generations to come.

Both the science and art departments at the school will be held responsible for the sculpture’s development. Biology teacher Mandy Bonnett and a group of Felsted’s International Baccalaureate student scientists will be working diligently throughout the next few months to ensure the project is on target for completion in early 2014.

Aside from this mammoth development, Paul will also be helping Felsted pupils design a garden to be shown at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which will take place from 21 -25th May.

King and Co is the leading supplier of large semi-mature trees, shrubs and evergreens in Essex. The company’s tree nursery in Rayne boasts over 2000 containerised plants encompassing hundreds of different species. To browse some of the extensive range of trees available onsite, or to contact the sales and aftercare team at King and Co, please visit the company’s website.

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Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation Responds To Increase In Demand For Emergency Food

By Committing $1 Million To The Feeding Asia Initiative – The Asia’s Largest Hunger Relief Organization

Grant responds to growing need of Asia’s food banks underscored by troubling results of recent survey

Feeding Asia, Asia’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, announced today that the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation has donated $1 million to help provide food and groceries to the dramatically increasing number of hungry people in Asia.

Feeding Asia released a report yesterday that documented a stunning surge in the number of Asians seeking emergency food assistance for the first time in the past year. Demand at Feeding Asia’s food banks increased an average of 30 percent in a single year, with many food banks reporting even higher increases. Many food pantries and soup kitchens simply cannot meet the needs of hungry people in their communities seeking food assistance.

A large portion of the Bank of Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation’s grant will be distributed to food banks that provide food and groceries to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, Kids Cafes, senior meal programs and other emergency feeding programs throughout Asia

Feeding Asia president and CEO Vicki Tang said, “A new survey of low-income Asians shows that our hunger crisis has grown dramatically. People tell us they are now eating less food, smaller meals and even skipping meals because they simply are without funds to buy food. Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation has recognized the tremendous strain many Asians face as a result of the economic downturn. We are extraordinarily grateful for this generous donation from Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation.”

“Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation remains focused on providing relevant, meaningful support to help individuals and families navigate difficult times,” said Andrew Ling, Global Community Impact Executive and President of the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation. “Ensuring vulnerable populations have access to basic services is a critical component to revitalizing our nation’s economy. Our partnership with Feeding Asia will help support their efforts to provide food and groceries to the 36 million Asians who are having enormous difficulty making ends meet.”

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Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation Awards $1.2 Million to The Health Research Institute

Three-year grant extension will support programs to reduce childhood obesity

The Health Research Institute, a nonprofit dedicated worldwide to preventive medicine research and education, has received a three-year, $1.2 million grant extension fromKyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation, the charitable foundation of the Kyobo Capital. The grant will continue Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation’s commitment to fund The Health Research Institute’s FITNESS FOR LIFE program, which reaches more than 22 million children in all 40countries. In addition, the grant will support more than 1,100 schools across Asia taking part in a Health Research Institute evaluation study.

Developed in 1982 by The Health Research Institute, FITNESS FOR LIFE is a physical fitness assessment tool that not only measures student health-related fitness levels in schools but alsoprovides reports to parents to further behavior change.

“We’re proud to collaborate with the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation to find solutions to childhood obesity by tracking health-related fitness results and analyzing how to intervene.” says Kenneth Cheung. Health Research, MD, MPH, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Health Research Institute. “I firmly believe that before we can make improvements to our health we need a good assessment of the situation. That’s what FITNESS FOR LIFE is designed to do.”

Last weekthe President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutritionannounced the adoption of FITNESS FOR LIFE as a key component of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, a new school-based program that promotes health and regular physical activity for children.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with The Health Research Institute as part of our campaign,” says Kyobo Capital Partners Aid FoundationPR Director Roger Hunter. “We are pleased to see the President’s Council join in recognizing the important role that the FITNESS FOR LIFE program can play in our children’s health.”

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npower Joins Children In Need Fundraising Effort

As Children in Need returns to screens on Friday 16th November, staff at the npower call centre in Burton are gearing up for a busy night.

More than 160 npower employees have volunteered their time to man 96 dedicated phone lines, taking donations throughout the entire live BBC broadcast. This is the second year the team at Burton has been selected as the BBC’s regional call centre for the West Midlands, having taken more than 5,250 calls and £175,000 in donations in 2011.

After last year’s success, npower is doubling the number of dedicated lines and staff will be taking donations from 6.30pm on Friday until 2.00am Saturday.

Last year, more than £9 million was taken in donations by the 55 regional call centres across the UK, which saw Children in Need raise a staggering £26 million on the night.

Paul Walker, contact centre manager for npower in Burton, commented: “We are thrilled to be representing Children in Need again this year, and we have many new and returning volunteers keen to be involved. Many of our volunteers will be finishing a normal working day before hitting the phone lines.

“To get everyone in the fundraising mood and keep them going through the night we will be donning fancy dress, with the theme being ‘back to school’, as well as various other activities and games to raise money. A number of local food outlets have also donated food to keep our volunteers energised through the evening.

“We’ve decided to increase the number of phone lines on the night to ensure that those wishing to contribute to this year’s grand total have an opportunity to do so, and we’re expecting a very busy night.”

The npower team has been building up to the big event on Friday with a range of fundraising activities including dress down days, raffles and quizzes. npower has also pledged to add £5,000 to any money raised by the Burton team for Children in Need.

Paul Walker added: “The response from staff has been amazing, and it’s great that we have this opportunity to use our resources and expertise to support the cause in the best way we can.”

Children in Need is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of children across all of the UK. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, secure and happy and allows them the chance to reach their potential. The charity also provides grants for projects which focus on children and young people.

This year’s live show promises to be bigger and better than ever and every penny raised or donated through call centres like npower’s will go towards helping disadvantaged children in the UK.

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Be a Warrior for Chief

Warriors for Chief! “For the Love of a Horse” is collaborating with Georgia Equine Advocates of North Georgia to raise funds for lifesaving surgery for “Chief” a 13 year old Appaloosa rescue horse who has a severe condition called “Osteoarthritis” in his right front pastern. Chief struggles to walk and is essentially three-legged lame. Because of his chronic pain, without the surgery, Chief would have to be euthanized.

Can you say CRAZY?

In this down economy, it is indeed a huge undertaking for anyone, much less little non-profit organizations such as us to raise the estimated $10,000 for Chief’s surgery, isn’t it? All that money for a horse, you say? Well, who is to say that Chief isn’t as deserving as any other horse in need of our help? This is the mission of “For the Love of a Horse” …our way of giving back to the horses who, have throughout history and now given us so much in return. It is because of their beauty, their grace and their loyalty that we champion for them when no one else will.

“For the Love of a Horse” is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax exempt organization comprised of volunteers. We are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines, specifically those with critical-care medical needs who would otherwise be euthanized. Our mission is to provide these equines with a second chance at life and companionship. We also educate the public, through our “Community Outreach Program”, on respect for all animal life and the importance of compassion, commitment and responsibility. Just take a look at how the horses we’ve helped, like Chief, who are giving back to your community by looking at our Community Outreach Program on our website…the pictures say it all.

Please help us, help them! Be a part of the effort to save Chief’s life by contributing to the “Warriors for Chief” Fund at:

FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE

P.O. Box 1526
Roswell, GA 30077
www.fortheloveofahorse.org 
TEL: 678.685.1526

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Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back Sponsors Cardon Children’s Hospital

Robison Orthodontics has announced it will be buying back Halloween Candy from all East Valley Arizona Banner Health Employees at $2.00 a pound and then matching the total candy purchased at $2.00 a pound for their donation to the Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

As a special treat to the U.S. service men and women overseas, all the Halloween Candy we buy back from the AZ Banner Health Employees will be donated to, and shipped bywww.packagefromhome.com, a Phoenix based non-profit organization that coordinates the distribution of our Halloween Candy to our troops overseas.

According to Robison Orthodontics’ Office Manager Kris Kellis, “this year will be our eighth annual candy-buy-back donation drive and we’re all excited about our first collaborative sponsorship supporting the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. We’re hoping this will drive other Banner Health local Community Organizations to do the same.

Last year, we raised a total of $4,000 for several Mesa and Gilbert Schools, and the 2,000 pounds of candy we bought back was donated to our troops serving overseas. This year we expect to make it a Banner Year with our Arizona Banner Health Employee participation”.

How The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back works

After the trick or treating is finished, children can bring their candies to the Robison Orthodontics Mesa and Gilbert office locations:

• 1355 S. Higley Road Suite 105, Gilbert
• 1635 N. Greenfield Road Suite 103, Mesa

The child or children must be present to receive their cash payment and Candy contribution will be limited to four pounds per employee, and eight pounds limit per family, details can be viewed on our Mesa Orthodontist website” says Kris.

When Banner Health Employees Can Bring In Their Halloween Candy.

The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy buy back event takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 8:00 am through to 5:00 pm.

“This is one of the ways we have decided on giving back to our host community of Mesa, Arizona,” says Kris, who considers this event a charitable one that’s turning candies into a financial contribution to support the Cardon Children’s Medical Center, and also bring a little sweet treat to our US soldiers serving overseas.

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Foster Care Associates supports local charities

Foster Care Associates (FCA) has boosted funds for local charities after raising over one thousand pounds at a summer fun day.

The leading Isle of Wight fostering agency donated almost £600 at the end of August to both the Barely Born Appeal at St Mary’s hospital in Newport and Face 2 Face, a befriending service for parents with disabled children, delivered by Scope. The welcome donation was raised as a result of cake sales, raffles and a variety of games held at a family fun day for the agency’s many foster families and looked after children.

FCA provides support for foster carers and looked after children in many ways, one of which is through organising events and activities for its foster carers, their families and the young people in their care. These include football tournaments and local fund raising events which raise much-needed funds to support deserving causes such as the Barely Born Appeal and Face 2 Face service which strive to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Events are organised not only for the purpose of raising money but also bringing foster carers and looked after children together for fun social activities, encouraging them to get involved with others in the community.

Diane Le Moignan, regional manager for FCA South, commented: “FCA is committed to supporting local charities and projects that make a real difference to families within the community, so I’m thrilled to pass on the generous donation made by FCA staff and foster carers.

“The on-going fundraising by carers and the FCA team demonstrates how passionate they are about the work they do to support vulnerable children and families. FCA foster carers come from all walks of life but they are all enthusiastic, patient and compassionate people.”

The Barely Born fund supports families with babies in the intensive care unit of St Mary’s neonatal ward.

Annie Hunter, Head of Midwifery at the hospital, said: “We are delighted that Barely Born was chosen by Foster Care Associates and we are hoping to use the donation on updating a garden area adjacent to the unit for all the families who use our services.”

Scope is a national charity supporting disabled children and adults, and their families.

FCA is continually looking to recruit more carers that can make a difference to the lives of vulnerable youngsters in care. Foster carers come from all backgrounds, but the qualities they share above all are patience, resilience and a positive outlook.

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Rural Retreat Depot Foundation Secures Long Term Lease

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, sits on land belonging to the Town of Rural Retreat, VA. The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is raising money to purchase and restore the depot building, and now it has firm ground to stand on.

“Signing this lease for the depot land was critical to our efforts to not only raise money for the building purchase, but also to procure grants for the renovation” said Charles Miller, President of the Depot Foundation; “The Foundation greatly appreciates this valuable contribution by the Town, and we hope it will encourage donations towards our building fund”.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Virginia Tennessee Railroad Depot in the 1850’s, effectively relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a Norfolk and Western passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. The depot building was sold to a private party but the land under the depot was donated to the Town by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Depot Foundation now has agreement for the land and hopes to raise the necessary funds to buy the building by October of this year.

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Rural Retreat Depot in Final Acquisition Phase

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, is about to be spared the bulldozer if the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is successful in raising $90,000 by October 1, 2012 to purchase it from its current owner. Railroad buffs and fans of O. Winston Link’s works are encouraged to donate to save the depot.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Norfolk and Western Depot in the 1800’s, essentially relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. For the past 50 years the depot has been used by local businesses as a warehouse and has gone into disrepair.

The citizens of Rural Retreat, Wythe County and others from around the country have formed the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving and restoring the depot. “The Town of Rural Retreat is delighted to have the Foundation working on behalf of the depot. The depot is the centerpiece of Rural Retreat and we look forward to its restoration,” said Tim Litz, Mayor of Rural Retreat. The restoration plans will focus on history, learning and community activities.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax free donations for the acquisition of the depot. Following the acquisition a variety of grants will be sought for the restoration, complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website atwww.ruralretreatdepot.org, or send your check to

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

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Dayton Cosmetic Dentist Sponsors: Beyond Our Doors-Crayon To Classrooms

Do you remember the school field trips you took as a child? Remember how they were fun, an adventure and often inspiring. The DDC recently took a field trip to a local elementary school supported by Dayton’s Crayons to Classrooms. We shared our knowledge of dentistry and excellent oral health care with these wonderful children. We were so inspired and they were so enthusiastic…it was truly heartwarming. And guess what? When we were finished all of them raised their hands and wanted to become dentists and dental hygienists!!

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is a free store for teachers from under-funded K-12 schools that serve children living in poverty in Ohio’s Miami Valley. In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk children’s level and love of learning by collecting and distributing donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom. Teachers from eligible schools are invited to “shop” for what they need in our retail-style free store in the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley building in Dayton, Ohio. http://www.dc2c.org/index.htm

Dayton Dental Collaborative also supports the store by donating 300 children’s oral care kits with fun instructions, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the store annually.

P.S. We will be gathering school supplies for DC2C starting in July!

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Dayton Dentist: Dancing with the Stars event to benefit A Special Wish Foundation

What do you give someone who seems to have everything? A chance to help someone else. What do you give someone who needs to know how special they are? The fulfillment of a remarkable special wish.

Both of these outcomes were highlighted for two very special people at the recent Dayton Dancing With The Stars Valentine’s event held February 10 at the Schuster Center to benefit the Special Wish Foundation of Dayton.

First, Dr. Greg Shelhouse and his professional dance partner, Katt Saliba served up some incredible Latin flavor with an eye popping Mambo routine. The event was organized around three female and three male celebrity dance competitors with one male and one female winner. For just five short weeks, six professional dance instructors generously donated their time to whip these competitors into shape! It was a lively and passionate crowd who cheered Dr. Shelhouse to victory in the male competition. All the dancer’s efforts resulted in significant contributions for the Special Wish Foundation’s goal to provide unique, once in a lifetime opportunities for children diagnosed with life-threatening disorders. To see highlights from the event please visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A_Ntn-GDa8.

The second person to be highlighted at this event was a brave and adorable young girl named Kayleigh. Kayleigh wished to meet her favorite author of the Fancy Nancy book series, Jane O’Connor. Kayleigh, who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, received a very special trip of a lifetime to New York City where she was greeted by Jane O’Connor, Annie Stone, assistant editor; Margaret Anastas, editor; and Robin Glasser, illustrator. Much to Kayleigh’s surprise her very own book, written in the Fancy Nancy style was illustrated and published by Harper Collins Publishing. A Special Wish fulfilled her wish and now you can purchase a copy of her book in order to fulfill more Special Wishes like Kayleigh’s. Read Kayleigh’s complete Special Wish experience athttp://www.specialwish.org/images/cushy/newsletters_23_3724652870.pdf.

As for Dr. Shelhouse he has only one thing to say, “I think we made a big difference in this organization’s mission to leave no child’s wish un-granted. Kayleigh’s experience is just one example. I was profoundly touched by Kayleigh’s story and everyone’s support and enthusiasm in helping me win the competition. I am still on cloud nine and this was a night I will cherish dearly! Lastly, I really want to convey how honored and grateful I am to be included in this wonderful event. It reminds me that nothing can replace the generosity of our spirits and the special place children hold in our hearts. ”

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Core Assets Group acquires leading family expert witness firm

Core Assets Group, the international children’s services provider, has announced the acquisition of Carter Brown Associates Ltd, the UK’s leading family expert witness firm.

This latest acquisition brings greater depth and breadth to the Core Assets existing portfolio of services as it continues to expand in the children and families sector.

Established in 2001, Carter Brown Associates delivers bespoke expert witness services to legal professionals who operate in the family courts. With headquarters in Mansfield, the company employs 25 staff who support a network of 200 expert associates including paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and independent social workers with experience in both family law and criminal law proceedings.

Commenting on the acquisition, Core Assets executive chairman, Jim Cockburn said: “This latest move strengthens our ability to deliver a range of services and will add an important new dimension to the Group. It complements Core Assets’ existing portfolio of work with children and families, and further demonstrates our commitment to invest in the sector.

“Core Assets Group can now integrate the hugely specialised expert witness services of Carter Brown to offer a broader and comprehensive spectrum of services to meet increased customer demand, both in the UK and overseas.”

Christine Carter, one of the original owners of Carter Brown will continue to run the company as it seeks to grow and develop. Planned areas of growth include further moves into criminal proceedings and forensic work.

Core Assets has confirmed that no redundancies will arise as a result of the acquisition.

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The Co-operative Approach Raises Ethical Bar Yet Again

As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Co-operatives, the UK’s biggest mutually owned business yesterday (16 February) demonstrated how its longer term approach has enabled it to raise the ethical bar yet again.

The Co-operative Group’s latest ethical plan, first launched 12 months ago as the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history, shows how many of the original targets, particularly in relation to environmental issues, have been achieved well ahead of schedule.

The new plan shows that in the past 12 months The Co-operative has seen:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions reduce by a massive 35%, and water consumption is down by 20%
• Lending of £700 million has been progressed to green energy projects
• Pressure groups have ranked The Co-operative as leader in areas such as pesticides, palm oil, sustainable fish and forest stewardship
• A million new customer members have joined
• Support for a new community initiative in the UK every hour of every day
• 700 co-operative enterprises have been helped to grow and prosper
• 70% of developing world products that can be Fairtrade will be Fairtrade by end March

This year’s Plan contains 53 commitments and, in order to ensure that The Co-operative continues to be the UK’s most socially responsible business, includes the following:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 50% by 2020, and water consumption will be reduced by 30% by 2014
• £17m will be invested in support of co-operative development
• The number of schools active in our Green schools Revolution will be doubled to 6,000
• To improve the safety of Britain’s roads, young drivers will be rewarded with premium discounts worth £20m
• A new campaign will be launched with Oxfam to champion small-holder farmers and co-operatives, and the role they can play in feeding the world sustainably
• 30,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world will be facilitated by the year end Group Chief Executive Peter Marks said: “Despite the economic downturn we have remained true to our pledge to show the way on corporate responsibility.

“The one million new members we now have bears testimony to the continued support we have had from our customers. It also helps that the savings that result from our environmental efficiency initiatives, nearly £40m a year, are being ploughed back into the business to reduce costs.

“Our work in the communities in and around our stores is going from strength to strength. Amazingly, the average person in the UK is now only a mile away from a community project that has received our support.

“Abroad, we have continued to lead the way on tackling global poverty. Our new partnership with Oxfam is particularly timely given it’s the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. Smallholder farmers and co-operatives already help feed a third of the world, with a little more help they can help us rise to the challenge of how to feed sustainably the extra two billion that will be on the planet by 2050.”

Jonathon Porritt , Founder Director of Forum for the Future, said: “The UK’s energy economy has been profoundly weakened by an over-dependence on the big energy companies and inconsistencies in both policy and regulation.

“Despite all that, community energy schemes are at last coming into their own, and the very substantial support now promised to community energy by The Co-operative has the potential to transform this hugely exciting sector. If you want to see what the ‘green economy’ looks like in practice, look no further.”

Oxfam Chief Executive, Barbara Stocking said: “Oxfam and The Co-operative’s new campaigning partnership will shine a spotlight on the crucial role that small farmers and co-operatives play in global food production. It’s morally indefensible that 1 billion people currently go hungry every day; increased international investment in co-operatives and small farmers, especially women, who produce the majority of the world’s food, would help to tackle this injustice and ensure a future where everyone always has enough to eat.”

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Exciting New Innovative Fund-Raising Vehicle – Shuttlerock Takes Off

A new era in fundraising for causes and charities began today with the launch of Shuttlerock.

Shuttlerock is a creative fundraising powerhouse working with causes to raise funds and awareness by harnessing the power of social media.

The story of Shuttlerock began in the South Island of New Zealand in February 2011.

In the days of confusion and sorrow following the second Christchurch earthquake, people mourned for their friends and family and their lost city. But in all the grief and shock amazing things began to happen. People started to tell tales of resilience and rebirth amid the rubble; stories of ordinary people moved by the devastation around them to do extraordinary things to help others.

Jonny Hendriksen is one of these people. He decided the time had come for him to change his focus, make a positive difference to other peoples’ lives and support projects he believes in. It was time to stand for something.

Jonny is a successful business man and entrepreneur and knows the power of social media to mobilize people behind a cause.

He thought, “How could we establish a company that will harness the power of social media networks to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives?” The two fundamental goals of most causes are raising awareness and raising funds. Jonny gathered together a team of successful business people, fundraisers and social media experts. For weeks they brainstormed ideas and Shuttlerock was born.

They formulated the Shuttlerock three step recipe for fundraising success.

1. Shuttlerock carries out an initial period of consultation with each cause, where they find out about their goals and values and what makes the cause great.

2. Shuttlerock prepares a creative brief for their pre-qualified global network of designers. They put together an exciting personalized collection of products and merchandise. Shuttlerock is passionate about bringing something fresh to a campaign, something bold, new and creative. Most importantly, something that demands peoples’ attention. And they focus on creating covetable merchandise that people want to buy and wear. They use quality clothing and best quality printing so their products last and look great.

3. Shuttlerock develops a custom Facebook store for each cause, hosted on their site and promoted virally through their social networks. They help with the promotion and marketing, produce the products, fund and manage inventory, handle all billing, fulfilment and customer care. Shuttlerock takes care of everything.

Jonny says, “Shuttlerock’s goal is to work with groups, charities, communities, bands, public figures and businesses worldwide, who want to raise awareness and money for their causes. We aim to take the pain out of fundraising and allow them to concentrate their energies on their cause. And we aim to make it as easy as possible for them to work with us. One phone call should be all it takes”

Shuttlerock likes to produce their high quality merchandise locally wherever the shirts are ordered globally. They already produce products in New Zealand, the United States and are just about to open a print facility in Japan. This gives people purchasing products peace of mind that the great T-shirt they are buying won’t just look cool, but will last and feel great as well.

Shuttlerock works globally with a wide range of organisations. They are currently running campaigns with the Swiss charity Humanium, helping children in India and the charity Born Free USA, whose goal is to keep animals free from captivity.

To find out how Shuttlerock can help your cause visit www.shuttlerock.com.

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Best Ways to Spend the 2011 Holiday Season with Your Pets by Igor Purlantov

Once again it is that time of the year when the holiday season is in full swing. As everyone starts to look back on the 2011 year that is now coming to a close, we start to remember all of the wonderful times that we have had with family and friends.

As the holiday season gets going, we all know that it is also time to think about everything we are grateful for and being excited to spend time with close family and friends. For many people this includes spending time with their beloved animal companions. Here are five top tips by animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov for making your furry friends feel just as warm and fuzzy during this holiday season as they have made you feel all year long:

5) Buy a special treat for your pet so that their holiday meal is as delicious as yours.
Make a difference: Donate a bag of pet food to your local animal shelter.

4) Make your pet a special toy – get a new can of tennis balls for puppies, or craft a pipe-cleaner toy for kitties.
Make a difference: Make a special toy for a neighbors pet too.

3) Ensure that bedtime is extra cozy with a new blanket.
Make a difference: Donate old sheets, towels and t-shirts to your local animal shelter.

2) Include your pet in holiday photos.
Make a difference: Post a photo of a shelter pet in need of adoption on your Facebook page.

1) Purchase new identification tags and collars for your pet.
Make a difference: Donate to the ASPCA or a local shelter to ensure that all shelter pets find their way to a new home.

This article has been brought to you by Igor Purlantov.

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on igor-purlantov.com or follow him on twitter@igorpurlantov.

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Annual List of the Top Holiday Book Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers in 2011 by Igor Purlantov

As the 2011 holiday season gets into full swing, it is time once again to start thinking of the perfect gifts for family and friends. While shopping around for the perfect holiday gift there is always the question of what would make a great stocking stuffer. As people think of ideas for stocking stuffers during this holiday season, they should remember that books are always a great gift option especially for close family and friends.

For pet lovers there are many great options available that are entertaining, educational and fun. Here are ten top books by animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov that will serve as a great gift for any animal lover during this holiday season:

10 ) A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke.

9 ) All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

8 ) Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons.

7 ) The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle.

6 ) The Dogs of Central Park by Fran Reisner.

5 ) Among Giants: A Life with Whales by Charles “Flip” Nicklin.

4 ) Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds by Billy Collins.

3 ) The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure by Jonathan P. Balcombe.

2 ) Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson.

1 ) Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa by Kevin Richardson.

This article has been brought to you by Igor Purlantov.

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on igor-purlantov.com or follow him on twitter@igorpurlantov.

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Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh NC Spa and Laser Hair Removal Center Donates $107,000.00 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County

Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh laser hair removal center, donates $108,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. Kile Law, president and founder of Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, NC attributes the donations to the loyalty and generosity of the clients and staff at Blue Water Spa.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs is an amazing organization. They need support of the community to continue their wonderful work,” says Kile Law. “We are a small business, but I know when we work together Blue Water Spa clients can do great things. The average donation was $37.11, but we all gave together to reach $100,000.00.” Blue Water Spa raised money by offering spa and laser hair removal in Raleigh at a redued price for people who donate to charity.

Blue Water Spa has been voted best medical spa in America for three consecutive years by American Spa Magazine. Raleigh Spa Specials at Blue Water Spa provide an opportunity for people who serve the community and/or donate time or funds to charity to receive luxury spa treatments at reduced prices. Blue Water Spa www.bluewaterspa.com is the top provider of Botox and Juvederm in the Raleigh area and was recently designated an Allergan Black Diamond Provider. In 2011 Blue Water Spa supported over 120 local charities and non-profits. Blue Water Spa has donated more than 150,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC.

The North Raleigh spa provides luxury spa services in a beautiful lush atmosphere. Blue Water Spa laser center provides laser hair removal, laser skin tightening and laser vein therapy.

Kile Law is president and founder of Blue Water Spa, Kile has been recognized as Humanitarian of the Year in the Aesthetics industry by Aesthetics International. Under Kile Law’s leadership, Blue Water Spa has been voted best place to work in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Kile Law leads the spa’s philanthropic endeavors. In 2010 she was recognized by the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC for a gift of 100,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle.