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VACCINATE A VILLAGE – Guidelines and rules

I am writing as the Volunteer Co-Chair for the Measles Initiative. I represent the National Capital Region of the American Red Cross in this effort. Having just retired and returned from working abroad with the United Nations for 20 of the last 25 years, I turn immediately to the American Red Cross because of its fundamental principles [HUMANITY, IMPARTIALITY, NEUTRALITY, UNIVERSALITY, UNITY, VOLUNTARY SERVICE, INDEPENDENCE]

VACCINATE A VILLAGE is what I would like to share today! Check out - www.measlesinitiative.org

I am fortunate to be able to participate with the Measles Initiative partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Foundation, the Sabin Vaccine Institute, UNICEF, representative from across the Red Cross International Movement MSF, and many more. Lions Club International and the Women's National Basketball Association are two of the newest partners.

The Vaccinate a Village creative materials as well as the link to the Vaccinate a Village Teamraiser site are now available on www.MeaslesInitiative.org! Click on the ACT navigation and select start a project. Click on the link to Vaccinate a Village.   (If prompted how you became aware of this great initiative, please enter ‘wt’ I have set a personal fund-raising goal of one million dollars, and I believe in the power of social networking and want to study it power to do good.)
 
VACCINATE A VILLAGE
If you are looking for a creative and meaningful way to help the less fortunate, you have come at the right place at the right time! We need your help to raise funds and visibility for a life-saving cause as it nears its tenth anniversary.
Join the Measles Initiative partners in an effort to vaccinate children — village by village — across the globe. In less than a decade, we have immunized 700 million children against measles — one of the world’s deadliest diseases. But this is not enough. 450 people still die each day. You can prevent this fate.
The concept is simple.
With a $1 donation, you can help vaccinate one child.
With a $5 donation, you can help vaccinate one family.
With a $10 donation, you can help vaccinate one classroom.
With help from your friends, classmates and coworkers, you can easily collect $500 and vaccinate an entire village. 

Option 1
You can choose to collect donations or organize an fundraising activity within your community and send a check or money order to the following address:
The Measles Initiative c/o The American Red Cross
PO Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.

Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for support and other ideas. You can also access a variety of communications tools to help promote your activity or event. If your local Chapter isn't currently involved, but you have a few good contacts that could make a difference, get in contact with me and I'll help you get its International Services Committee up and running.

Option 2
If you’d like to make an online donation and ask your friends to do the same, you can use our Vaccinate a Village website.
Step 1: Form a team with your friends, family, coworkers or classmates and pledge to help vaccinate one or more villages through fundraising before June 30, 2010.
Step 2: Sign up or join an existing team at the site. Teams will need to affiliate with an American Red Cross chapter, set goals and build a group web page.
Step 3: Promote your campaign among your social networks using the pre-loaded email templates or any of the other available communications tools.  
Step 4: Track your fundraising progress and remind your peers that each day they wait to support the cause another 450 people die of measles.
Step 5: Once you’ve met your goal, celebrate your success and thank those who supported your campaign.
 If you experience difficulty using the site, please contact measles@usa.redcross.org for help.

Let me encourage you to take on this challenge and for helping the Measles Initiative vaccinate more children this year than ever before.

In future blog posts, I will address health promotion campaigns that will be in progress in countries around the world between now and the end of 2011. If you live in these countries, and are interested in social networking and health promotion, my blogs will suggest how you can be part of the solution.
 

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