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UNVELING GAALI FREE INDIA INITIATIVE

Mumbai, India, January 24, 2016 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — It’s time when our hearts are evoking patriotic feelings and are making us act like responsible citizens of the nation. But are we really being true to ourselves. Do we really care about the essence of Republic Day Celebrations? To so many people who revel at the thought of getting an extended weekend to hang out with family or just head for a long drive away from the city on Republic Day- Is this patriotism in the true sense? How many of us actually switch on the TV and revel viewing the Republic Day Parade or watch the live parade? At the most, we sport the tri-coloured flag as a badge or as a desk décor. Are we really doing something constructive for the betterment of the country on Republic Day? The answer is with most of us and it is mostly in the negative.

With this thought lingering in her mind, Vandana Sethhi, the Director of Water Communications woke up to do something constructive as a responsible citizen of India and do her bit towards adding value to the India’s growth story. She decided that on the occasion of Republic Day, to add another wing to our respected Prime Minister Modi’s Swachch Bharat campaign by initiating the Swachch Bhasha drive as part of her social initiative. Under this campaign, she wanted to reach out to the people of India and remind them about their responsibility towards their own language, the need for cleaning of one’s vocabulary filled with gaalis and cusp words and working towards using Swachch Bhasha in day to day life while they take care of keeping their surroundings clean as well.

She opines that gaalis have become a disease and is spreading like an epidemic amongst people of Gen-Next era who are so busy running after success that they just don’t know how to control their feelings. To them gaalis is the easiest way to vent out their anger, frustrations and to cope up with stress. She emphatically says “We are humans and we are bound to get frustrated at different times of our lives. But do we really need to depend on gaalis to feel in control just like a little piece of chocolate uplifts one’s mood temporarily by stimulating the endorphin? With over 1,282,390,303 people, India is the second largest nation in terms of population. It is equivalent to 17.5% of the total world population. An estimated 780 languages are spoken in the country. With an expected literacy rate to touch 80% by end of this year, India is a progressive nation beyond doubt … But are we really literate in the moral sense?”

People across the length and breadth of the nation use gaalis as if it is in vogue and that those who don’t use it are considered to be ‘unmanly’ or less gutsy. Gaalis are used so frequently irrespective of any language being spoken, that it has soon become one’s habit that has engulfed them completely and made them unawares of their true vocabulary. Gaalis have become our newly defined vocabulary which they are addicted to using it in their day to day conversations and are passing it down to their next generation without even realizing about its repercussions.

Vandana further opines strongly that people’s identity is not through their status quo or high birth, but through the language they use in their day to day life. Those who respect humanity never use ‘gaalis’ and those who use gaalis in any language are never fully literate in the real sense. Language that’s replete with curse/abusive words, demeaning meanings, demoralizing words and disrespectful diction is a drain on the nation’s rich cultural heritage. It is a blot on the nation’s deep rooted values.

Vandana is that voice that wants to be heard not just to make her presence felt but to enable each and every Indian re-look at their diction and see for themselves that they have become slaves to the gaalis they use- and they don’t even realize it. Vandana is very serious about raising her voice in support of a Gaali Free India- not just for the betterment of the youth but for posterity’s sake as well.

“Gaali is a modern disease and its cure is purely with us. Each and every one of us! Get cured before it’s too late. This Republic Day, let’s pledge to free our country of the gaalis and use slogans and quotes as our way of venting out feelings, constructively.” – Vandana Sethhi.

Contact-Details: Vandana Sethhi,
Contact number – 9004611196
Email Id – web1@waterindia.in

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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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T.R. Threston’s KIVA group hits $10,000 loan mark

Travel writer and World Guide Publishing CEO, T.R. “Tina” Threston, is well known and respected for her written work, but, she is also becoming widely known for her charity and philanthropic work. Yesterday, October 1, 2013, Threston’s KIVA team reached a milestone by hitting the $10,000 mark in mirco-loans. (The KIVA mirco-loan program allows individuals to provide loans directly to entrepreneurs like you around the globe.)

 

T.R. Threston’s KIVA team was formed in February, 2012, and, has 250 members. During that time the team has made 398 loans in the agriculture, education, food, retail, service and clothing sectors in countries such as Bolivia, Vietnam, Kenya and Georgia.

When asked about the hitting the milestone yesterday Threston said “It has truly been a team effort, and, every single person in the program deserves recognition for their participation.” She went on to say “I’m just impressed that so many people on my KIVA team are so dedicated, and, many of them lend on a monthly or even weekly basis, and, I believe that is how we achieved this milestone so quickly.”

To learn more about KIVA or to join T.R. Threston’s KIVA team please visit: http://www.kiva.org/team/tr_threstons_team/impact

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SAP NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC

Market leader in enterprise application software SAP has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the inaugural Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) Celebrity Golf Classic April 14-15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The tournament will kick off with a Bogey Down Party with Andy and Friends on Sunday, April 14 at Barton Creek Resort,followed by golf at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club on Monday, April 15. Attendees include MLB Legend Roger Clemens, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Jim Courier, PGA Golfer John Mallinger, MLB World Series Champion Kevin Millar, Nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones and ESPN Personality Jay Harris, with more to be confirmed.

“We have proudly supported Andy on and off the court since 2006,” said Chris Burton, Group Vice-President, Global Sponsorships, SAP. “Like SAP, Andy is committed to community service and improving the lives of young people. We applaud his efforts through the Andy Roddick Foundation.”

Roddick said many of his friends – professional athletes and entertainers, as well as other high-profile personalities – will participate in the event. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event and appreciate the support of my long-time sponsor SAP to help make it happen.”

The kickoff party on Sunday, April 14 is open to non-golfers and will feature the 1980’s cover band Spazmatics, live and silent auctions, full buffet and open bar. Limited tickets are still available.

The tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, April 15. Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in this inaugural event, which will feature a variety of games and competitions, including longest drive and closest-tothe-pin contests and an awards ceremony following the tournament.

Roddick, in his first year of retirement, is now spearheading ARF’s new growth strategy with the foundation’s CEO, Jeff Lau.“We’re really excited about hosting the first-ever golf tournament to support the foundation’s efforts to help underserved youth learn lessons in character and leadership,” said Lau.

In 2000, Roddick established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.

For sponsorship, ticket and entry information please contact Holly Krivokapich at holly@arfoundation.org, 512-298-1960 or visit www.arfoundation.org/events

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Foster Care Associates recognises young carer

Foster Care Associates has recognised the efforts of a young carer from the Vale of Glamorgan for the difference he makes to the lives of the children and young people his family fosters.

FCA.jpg (164×88)After being nominated by his mum, Rachel, and his dad, Mark, Jamie, 12, won ‘Young Carer of the Year’ at the annual Foster Care Associates (FCA) Achievement Awards. The family has been fostering with FCA Cymru for three years.

Rachel explained that she had nominated Jamie because of the way he has wholeheartedly accepted the work they do, giving up his free time to support them in caring for the children they look after.

Rachel said: “I’m so proud of Jamie. I think his experience of fostering has made him a very independent, mature and selfless young man. My daughter, Charlie who’s 16, is also incredibly patient with the children we look after.”

Jamie has taken fostering in his stride and explains how looking after vulnerable children is a family affair.

Jamie said: “Mum hadn’t told me she’d nominated me, so I was really surprised to win the award and it felt good to be chosen.

“I’m happy to help mum and dad whenever they need it. When a foster child joins our family I try and make sure they feel welcome, as they are sometimes shy at first.”

It is essential for anyone thinking about fostering as a career to be able to communicate with children and make them feel at home, due to the fact that many looked after children have had a tough start in life and need the support that a caring family can provide. Fostering is a normal part of life for many birth children, requiring the whole family to work together to look after the children who stay with them.

Birth children are the unsung heroes of fostering, and are often integral to maintaining stability within the foster family. They act as a role model and friend to the vulnerable youngsters who stay with them, ensuring the children settle in quickly and feel welcome in the family home. Recognising that fostering affects the whole family, FCA Cymru ensures that birth children are involved in every activity and have their voices heard.

Jamie wasn’t the only one to receive an award, many other young people received recognition for their hard work at the ceremony held by FCA Cymru.

Victor Thomas, regional manager for FCA Cymru commented: “Jamie is an outstanding young man with a positive attitude and a mature head on his shoulders. He won the award because he is always happy to help care for the little ones, never complains when he has to share his parents’ attention and has given up his free time to help paint and decorate rooms for youngsters in care.

“Congratulations Jamie, you’ve done us all proud and you really deserved the recognition.”

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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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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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Research Now Ltd Donates To Help The Japanese Tsunami Relief Efforts

Research Now Ltd has announced that together with Valued Opinions panellists from across the globe, it has raised £12,400 for the Jap anise Tsunami/Earthquake relief effort.

In March 2011, Japan was hit by a shattering, magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The tremor, which occurred 20 miles underwater, triggered a huge tsunami that swept across the eastern coast of Japan, destroying everything in its path and killing over 15,000 people*.

Joining in the generous global response, Research Now Ltd, owners of the Valued Opinions’ panels, made an initial donation of £3000. Throughout April, Research Now Ltd offered members of its UK opinion panels, along with those from the US, Australia, Canada and Japan panels, the opportunity to convert their Valued Opinions rewards into cash donations to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, a charity supporting Japan’s recovery. Big-hearted donors gave up shopping rewards for vital contributions to the relief efforts in a country that is still staggering from the impact of this disaster 3 months on. The initiative saw Valued Opinions’ members raise an impressive £9,400 throughout the 4 week campaign, which was then added to Research Now’s contribution of £3,000.

These donations have has been invaluable in propping up the work of the Japanese Red Cross Society as it provides vast-scale medical assistance, water and sanitation and psycho-social programming. The charity reports that, as well as running the only functioning Hospital in the Miyagi prefecture and vital first-aid stations in Kamaishi, it has used the funds to help mobilise 677 medical teams, which have already treated 63,567 patients. Addressing the huge mental trauma facing survivors, the charity has also established psychological support centres in two prefectures, deploying 300 staff who have benefitted over 6,000 people to date.**

A recent Valued Opinions online survey found that the most popular way for the British respondents to give is through sponsoring someone to participate in a fundraising event (19%), followed by making monthly cash or direct debit donations to charity (13%) and donating to charity via a street worker (11%). Overall, an impressive total of 51% of the British respondents choose to support charities financially, whether donating through charity websites, street workers, monthly donations or sponsorship.

In April 2011, Valued Opinions UK panellists’ generosity has helped to bring relief to a desperate situation. Regarding the Valued Opinions Tsunami Campaign, Research Now’s vice president, panel marketing and CRM, Thomas Lapperger commented: “I’m very proud to be involved in a series of campaigns that see Valued Opinions and our members working together to contribute towards worthy causes. Earning credits through online surveys UK participation and then claiming vouchers is a rewarding experience. Donating those credits instead to the Red Cross, who are helping Japan recover following the devastating tsunami, provides for a deeper and more meaningful rewarding experience. I would like to thank all members of Valued Opinions UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan for their participation in surveys. In particular, my gratitude goes to those who donated generously to the Valued Opinions Tsunami campaign.”

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World Renowned Japanese Entertainers Unite for a Los Angeles Benefit Concert for Japanese Quake and Tsunami Victims

In response to the ongoing and lingering negative effects impacting the victims of Japan’s devastating Earthquake and Tsunami, world renowned Japanese soprano Seiko Lee (soloist with the New York City Symphony) and Japanese/Hollywood actor Shin Koyamada (co-star of Tom Cruise’s epic The Last Samurai) have united their relief efforts for a special one night benefit concert to show that America has not forgotten their Japanese brothers and sisters.

Hosted by Nia Lyte and to be held Saturday, July 9, 2010 at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center (244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012), the 90 minute or so concert will begin at 8:00 pm. Advanced ticket prices are $25 for adults 18 and over, and $15 for children ages 10-17. Tickets can be purchased at the door based on availabilty. Please call 888-338-8441

Under their respective N.P.O. banners, The Seiko Lee Project and the Shin Koyamada Foundation’s JERFA (Japan Emergency Relief Fund of America) initiative, Lee and Koyamada have dubbed their joint relief concert Waves of Healing from Los Angeles as a metaphor that although we can’t control the ocean’s waves we can create our own waves to balance the helplessness of our losses with humankind victories.

About Shin Koyamada:
Apart from being a 6-time national martial arts champion, Shin Koyamada became an international celebrity after co-starring with Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. His star power was cemented with his starring role in Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior one of the Disney Channel’s top rated original movies ever. Through philanthropic work with Chuck Norris and President George H.W. Bush via the Boy and Girls Club of America’s youth empowerment Kickstart program, Bush and Norris inspired Koyamada to co-find the Shin Koyamada Foundation (SKF). In 2010, Koyamada was named the International Goodwill Ambassador of the Okayama Prefectural Government in Japan and continues to help other US nonprofit charitable events. Owner of the production company Shinca Entertainment, his latest venture, creation of the hot manga comic book series Dreamhoppers, merely further accentuates his entrepreneurship versatility.

About the Shin Koyamada Foundation (SKF):
Founded by Shin Koyamada and Nia Lyte in March 2008, the SKF is a United States nonprofit organization that offers youth scholarships to foster the importance of respect, honor, courtesy, value and manners through martial arts and active participation in global environmental issues. The current SKF president is the honorable Shoichi Nakagiri. The SKF also raises money to provide education for underprivileged individuals and families as well as to implement international cultural exchange projects. The SKF is all geared toward empowering youth to achieve their goals and dreams and promote an Earth-friendly lifestyle. For more information please visit www.koyamada.org.

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Rebuilding the Amazon Rainforest One Tree at a Time

What is Amazing Forest

Yes, the Amazon rainforest is being cut down as you read this. 17% is already gone. The world’s lungs – as it’s referred to – is decreasing in size. Yes, everyone knows this. But what can we really do about it? The Amazing Forest is a chance to do something right from where you are, sitting in your chair, a few clicks and USD 60 away.

Amazing Forest is the venue where people from all over the world are combining their efforts into one single strain to restore the Amazon rainforest to its original state.

We sell trees. Not trees to be delivered to your door, but to be planted on your behalf, in your name, in a designated specific area of the Amazon rainforest. The trees being planted are new trees. So, instead of preserving already existing areas of the rainforest, the Amazing Forest is actually reversing deforestation. We take so much from Earth everyday; this is a way to give something back to it.

It’s a common saying that, to eternalise your passage in this life, one must have children, write a book and plant a tree. Well, the four tree species that are currently being planted in the Amazing Forest (they are native species typical of the region: jatoba, copaiba, ipe rosa and louro freijo) live in average 200 years.

And what’s cool about it, people get their own tree, which will never be cut down and remain throughout its life individualised by a name tag, with the name they choose for it.

“We want to give people the opportunity to make a difference for the environment while leaving their own positive footprint in the planet”, says Rodrigo Nascimbeni, the founding partner of the company, “a footprint so tangible and concrete that people can come and see it, show to their children, to their great-grand-children, to their friends…” he goes on referring to the fact that customers can visit their tagged trees in situ while walking inside the real Amazon rainforest.

Amazing Forest goes much beyond simply selling trees online, it is each person’s way to contribute to a better world and to guarantee that future generations will share the same bliss to live here on our planet.

And, better yet, this noble act of planting a tree and committing to a better world can be renewed as often as wanted. Each tree is sold for USD 60.

Besides doing your share of good for a better planet, people can buy trees either as a present for a loved one, a memorial, a way to mark an important occasion or as a simple and convenient method of offsetting their carbon emissions.

Amazing Forest launched on Monday the 23rd of May 2011. The first piece of land to be replanted is situated approximately 34 miles outside the city of Boa Vista, Roraima State in North Brazil (if you go to Google Maps, we’re right where the green arrow points to at these coordinates 2 29 44.40 N 60 56 40.85 W).

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Guinness World Record BBQ Attempt in Aid of WellChild

Would you sponsor a Guinness World Record Attempt for the longest ever barbecue? That’s exactly what BBQBarbecues are doing to help raise funds for WellChild, an amazing charity that helps and support’s sick children and their families across the UK. When asked if they would be interested in helping WellChild supporter Braham Snyman and his friends attempt to break the Guinness World Record it was an easy answer.

Scott Morris, E-Commerce Manager of BBQBarbecues said: “After a fantastic and very busy 2010 we wanted to give something back and there is no better way to do it than to help a children’s charity. WellChild have a dedicated team of skilled individuals and is well known throughout the country by members of the public and even have a supportive patron in Prince Harry” Scott continued and said “What Braham is trying to do is not only break a record but raise awareness for a very worthwhile cause and we wish them all the luck in his attempt”

To complete the task Braham will have to continuously cook burgers and sausages on thebbq for an incredible 30 hours and aim to beat the current record of 28.5 hours achieved by Jan Braai last year in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is scheduled to take place at Play On Sports, Canary Wharf, London on Sauturday 16th April at 11am and will be finishing on Sunday 17th April at 7pm. The event is also very close to the London Marathon course which will be held on the Sunday.

Leaked news suggests that voucher codes will be available on the day for discounts when shopping on BBQBarbecues website and will be valid throughout the month of April.

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Fullcircle Innovations Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

Fullcircle Innovations joined 1% for the Planet (1%), pledging a portion of its sales to support non-profit organizations focused on sustainability. Fullcircle Innovations is a great addition to the network. By signing on to 1%, it shows they’re really walking the walk in their sustainability efforts,” says Terry Kellogg, 1% CEO. “They’re using generosity as a tool with which to build their business and enabling valuable environmental work along the way. We’re excited to welcome them to the 1% family.”

“We are happy to join the 1% for the Planet family and contribute even more to speed up the sustainability changes that our planet needs.” Says Flavio Souza – Founder / CEO of Fullcircle Innovations. Members of 1% contribute one percent of revenues directly to any of the approved non-profit environmental organizations in 1%’s network. Non-profits are chosen based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. Over 1,600 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% program.

“We’ve been averaging at least one new business member a day, and have exceeded over 1,200 members in 38 countries, and a network that has funneled over $50 million of critically needed funds into the hands of environmental non-profit groups to date,” comments Kellogg.“We are thrilled by the support we have gained as it proves the environmental ethic is trickling upward to larger corporate entities. The shared belief that you can do well as a business by doing the right thing with respect to the environment is clearly apparent. There’s a paradigm shift happening here and it’s happening organically.”

About 1% for the Planet
Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and CEO of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,200 member companies in 38 countries that donate 1% of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a global frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

About Fullcircle Innovations
Fullcircle Innovations is about meaningful digital innovations.
It works for the convergence of high-tech and green-tech with the goal that information becomes not just knowledge but wisdom. Our treasures are: GreenITers.comEcoAppsFree.com and our inspired individuals.

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Jesse Willms Launches Site To Document His Transition From Internet Entrepreneur To Philanthropist

This summer, Internet entrepreneur Jesse Willms made an important decision – he was going to focus less of his time and energy on making money, and more on giving back to the community.

Since then, he has partnered with a wide variety of charities to fight poverty and make the world a better place. Now, he’s decided to create a website dedicated to his philanthropic efforts as an educational tool for others who want to give, but are not sure how to go about it.

The site will be found at JesseWillmsPhilanthropy.com.

“The site will be a way for people to find out who I’m giving to and why,” Willms said. “It will also have dedicated links where people can make their own donations directly. The point of this site is to encourage people to donate to these very worthy organizations, or to be inspired to donate to their own favorite charities.”

Willms has long been known as a legend in the Internet marketing community, who managed to found several Internet marketing companies by the time he was 22 years old. Earlier this summer he was inspired by the work of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to start donating money to charity.

His current support efforts have been focused on groups that help women, children, single parents and disaster relief efforts. His most dramatic gesture so far was to sponsor 100 children through the World Vision children’s charity, and then to sponsor an additional child every day since.

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77’7″ Kerrville Cross Raised on IH-10, Ending 9 Year Epic Struggle

Tuesday, July 27th a two-million-dollar, 70-ton, 77’7″ red-brown contemporary sculpture named The Empty Cross™ was erected by The Coming King Foundation (TCKF) overlooking Interstate 10, half-way between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, on the transcontinental highway that connects California and Florida. The purpose, according to TCKF Vice President Jim McKnight, is to “draw people to God and to bless all those who visit the 23 acre Sculpture Prayer Garden in Kerrville, which will be free to the public.”

The week-long process to erect the cross began on Monday morning, July 26th. Eagle Bronze of Lander, WY supervised the raising of the massive cross sculpture with the help of local welders, steel erectors, and crane companies. This historic event caps a 9-year epic struggle to raise the cross which included several financial“miracles”, threats and attacks by atheists and others opposed to the cross, numerous letters to the media and city government, and a lawsuit filed by neighboring landowners, which was settled.

The spiritual park, located at the main entrance of Kerrville, looks like the “Holy Land” and happens to be at the same latitude as Israel. The “Hill Country” town of Kerrville is home to about 23,000 people. It is known for its beautiful Guadalupe River, scenic views, and abundant wildlife. The area is a favorite of tourists, campers and hunters from across the USA. Only 60 miles northwest of San Antonio’s main tourist attractions, the Alamo and River Walk, over a thousand people a day are expected to visit the free “Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden” when it is completed.

Sudie Burditt, Director of the Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau, said: “Thanks to TCKF for making our world aware of Kerrville, Texas. The national publicity it has received for the Sculpture Prayer Garden is enormous, and the publicity and awareness of the City of Kerrville is great for our economy. As the Garden is developed and the beautiful art is put in place, the rocky, cedar-covered hillside will become a place of beauty and serenity that will attract visitors for generations to come. These visitors will eat, sleep and shop in Kerrville, making a positive growth impact on our hospitality industry.”

The non-denominational Christian Garden and the seven-story hollow cross sculpture are the “vision” of artist/evangelist Max Greiner, Jr., a 1974 architecture design graduate of Texas A&M University. The spiritually symbolic, Cor-tin steel cross is the largest sculpture featured in the Garden park and the largest sculpture ever created by the artist and his foundry, Eagle Bronze, of Lander, WY, one of the largest art bronze foundries in the USA.

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Hispaniola’s Best Supports USO and Street Children of Haiti

Our children and our soldiers are among our most precious resources. Premier coffee manufacturer Hispaniola’s Best is supporting both with generous donations from the sale of their organic coffee.

“We work with farming communities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to provide…the best coffee in the Caribbean while supporting agricultural programs in both countries,” says Hispaniola’s Best co-founder Guy Ali.

Ali was born in Haiti, and his partner and co-founder (who chooses to remain anonymous) is a veteran. The company is currently throwing the weight of its premier organic coffee behind both causes by donating 25% of its sales to the Help the Street Children Orphanage of Haiti and 15% of all sales to the USO.

“[It’s] great coffee for a great cause,” says Ali. “Our main mission is to make a positive impact in the world’s most underdeveloped countries. We support farmers and orphans by partnering with Help Street Children to help children that are affected by the earthquake in Haiti.”

What sets Hispaniola ‘s Best apart from the dozens of other coffee beans on the market is the soil in which it grew. Coffee grown throughout Central and South America grows on volcanic soil, giving it a bitter and more pungent taste than coffee grown in the limestone and granite-based soils of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The soil, coupled with a longer growing season and the no-pesticide policy of the local farmers, contributes to a richer taste from a more mature bean.

“Hispaniola doesn’t have dry and rainy seasons, therefore the coffee has a long growin g s eason with multiple harvests. It ripens slowly, which is often credited with more flavorful beans. We have the best tasting coffee from the Caribbean,” states Ali. “Organic, made from 100% Arabica beans…our coffee is so good it can become addictive!”

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Newport Ashley Named UK Volunteer Of The Year 2010

Ashley Pyke, aged 17 from Newport, has been named The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer of the Year 2010. The announcement was made at a special youth conference being held by The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers programme as part of National Volunteers Week.

The awards, now in their second year, recognise the outstanding work being carried out by young people involved in The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers initiative. The programme, which operates throughout Wales and England, was established by The Co-operative and youth sports development charity StreetGames, to help young people from disadvantaged areas gain sports coaching and community leadership skills by volunteering at their local neighbourhood sports project.

The 7 finalists from England & Wales shortlisted for the awards were judged on factors including skills and qualifications gained, general attitude, impact on other young people and their community, as well as their personal journey and achievements.

Ashley, aged 17, volunteers at the Newport Positive Futures project which delivers sport to young people throughout Newport.

Despite having a turbulent family history and arriving in Duffryn without knowing anyone, Ashley has become an integral figure in the community. As well as leading sports session for local young people, Ashley has also mentored other volunteers experiencing troubles, is involved with attracting funding to the project and has pushed himself to gain qualifications which have meant that the project has been able to extend the activities it offers. He has also gone on to use his new found skills and confidence to gain employment with a local ‘Soccer Tots’ programme for under six year olds.

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Renowned Freerunner and Ninja Warrior does Backflips for Charity

Freerunner Levi Meeuwenberg is using his amazing abilities to give something back. Levi is known for his numerous appearances on the Japanese game show Ninja Warrior on G4 where he made it further than any other American competitor. His backflip fundraiser will raise money to teach disadvantaged children in Washington how to overcome obstacles through Parkour. As pledges are made, Levi will do a backflip for each donation.

When a donation is made on Levi’s website SkyNative.com, a message is immediately sent to Levi’s phone telling him to do a backflip. No matter where he is or what he’s doing at that moment he will do a standing backflip. He will then tweet explaining who made him do the backflip, where they made him do it, and what happened.

Renowned Freerunner and Ninja Warrior does Backflips for Charity

Some recent backflip tweets from Levi:

– Ahenricks made me do a backflip in the surpermarket. toothpaste aisle.

– AdamAH64 made me do a backflip at Unos pizza. the server thought it was cool, and has heard of parkour.

– Corndogg made me do a backflip in front of the capitol building. theres an earth day convention going on!

– CarolynG made me do a backflip in the foothills of the rockies in boulder,co. why is it snowing here!?

– Bob king made me do a backflip while constructing a steadycam out of a tripod, masking tape and a hammer.

Thousands of young people in Washington are homeless or from very low-income families who consistently fall through the cracks of society without support from a positive community. Many are missing out on their potential in life by not having anything to develop a passion for or to build goals from. This Parkour Visions project will affect more than 500 at-risk youth from the lowest-income housing in King County, crisis centers in Seattle, and public schools in Tacoma’s poorest neighborhoods.

Through parkour, these at-risk youth in Washington will improve their self-esteem and fitness by learning to run, jump, climb, crawl, and vault over obstacles, transforming their everyday world into an epic playscape. The Parkour Visions classes use parkour basics to teach young people how to creatively use the environment around them to improve and challenge themselves. Lessons encourage pride in achievement, respect for training grounds, and responsibility in facing fears.

If you have the creative ability to turn a simple set of railings into a playground, a gym, and a public stage then you have the potential for lifelong physical and mental fitness. This is what parkour can build when taught correctly.

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Racing clinic held by two-time Indy 500 winner and two-time Indy Car Series Champion Al Unser Jr will benefit the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Miami Project

Al Unser Jr will launch his first racing clinic to benefit The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s “Miami Project”. On July 8th, 2010, winners of a low-unique-bid-wins auction will bring a guest to enjoy racing lesson from Al Unser Jr and dinner with the champion himself.

Auction winners will drive open-wheel race cars and learn driving tips American Racing Champion Al Jr at world-class racing facility New Jersey Motorsports Park. Winners will experience champion speeds in a supercar in a private “hot laps” session with Al Jr. Drivers Al Unser III and Miranda Throckmorton will also be on-track to assist Al Jr’s instruction.

The Al Unser Jr Charity Auction proceeds will benefit the Johns Hopkins Hospital‘s Miami Project, devoted curing paralysis. “I am very excited to hold my first driving clinic to share what I have learned in my career about driving, and at the same time raise money to help find a cure for paralyses,” said Al Jr. The auction is now online at www.alunserjrcharityauction.com, and is open to bidders world wide.

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Upstart Succeeds in Same Marketing Arena as Pepsi, JPMorgan Chase, Amex-NBC

When it comes to promoting not-for-profit causes and ideas that can change the world, not all companies have the mega marketing clout of the Pepsi Refresh Project, or the big-name recognition of the JPMorgan Chase $5-Million Charity Giveaway or American-Express-NBC “Shine-A-Light” campaign.

Upstart Succeeds in Same Marketing Arena as Pepsi, JPMorgan Chase, Amex-NBC

But with its “Show Us Your Goodness” charity contest, a feisty upstart snack-food maker is proving it too can play just as nimble in the marketing arena as the big guys by effectively using crowd-sourcing and social media as its tactic to connect with a whole new audience for its riceworks® brand of gourmet brown rice crisps.

The company is Snack Alliance Inc., and in less than four months, the snack maker has found success with its philanthropic campaign that invites consumers to nominate, vote and then spread the word for their favorite charitable causes. More than 2600 entries were received during the nomination period and the winning semi-finalist charities now have a chance to share $60,000 in prize money funding.

Forget the Dollar Amount, It’s The Thought That Counts
Sixty thousand dollars may pale against the $5 million handed out by JPMorgan Chase for its Charity Giveaway, and to the $15.6 million that Pepsi Refresh is giving away. But, for a small niche player like Snack Alliance, its philanthropic program is attracting positive consumer feedback that extends beyond the contest to the grocery shelf.

Tricia Ryan, Director of Marketing for riceworks® says her company has pretty much abandoned traditional media vehicles for marketing and replaced these with crowdsourcing tactics and social media avenues like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which encourage users to virally promote an idea.

“We chose a charity-based program because it’s integral to our corporate marketing DNA, and we already support fundraising requests with product samples,” said Ms. Ryan. “Charities today are much more Internet-savvy, and I sense they saw participation in the program not much different than applying to a foundation for funding. With tight budgets, and under-funding for charities over the past year, the timing was right.”

Charities Embrace This New Marketing Philosophy
There’s another reason charities appear keen to embrace online charity contests like Show Us Your Goodness. It comes from the realization that a donor base can be solicited for support without the big ask for another dollar-request donation. The tough economy of the past year has been difficult for most charities, and asking for an online vote is an easy request.

Snack Alliance got traction and support not only from the charities that were nominated, but also from like-minded websites like BeFreeForMe.com, which shares a mutual love for gluten-free products. Riceworks® crisps are gluten-free, which is why the BeFreeForMe site promotes both the product and the contest to its followers.

For Ms. Ryan, the opportunity to dialogue with many of the nominated charities has been an enlightening experience for herself and her Company, which continues to support nonprofits as part of its marketing efforts. “Yes, we’re a marketer selling healthy snack products, but we’ve also come to realize the benefits that come from creating communication programs that help the communities we serve. It makes the day-to-day humdrum of work into something magical.”

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