August 14, 2008 —
Last week we attended the Circle K International Convention in Denver, where we debuted Six Cents Online. This new online fundraising tool will allow Circle K members to have access to all the resources they need and electronically raise funds to save children’s lives.
Diarrheal dehydration is one of the deadliest threats against children. At a cost of only six cents, a mixture of sugar and salt called oral rehydration salts (ORS) offers the most effective way to help save lives during episodes of dehydration. The Six Cents Initiative is designed for Circle K International members to help children get the rehydrating salts they need to survive dehydration spells.
But that’s not all. Contributions to the Six Cents Initiative will also help provide aid for UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs and long-term solutions.
Circle K International is the largest collegiate community service, leadership development and friendship organization in the world, and we’re proud to partner with them in the Six Cents Initiative.
While Circle K is taking the lead, anyone can contribute to the campaign, so check out Six Cents Online today!
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July 30, 2008 —
Local jazz musicians raise $3,718 for Iraqi children
Philip Crawford of Monterey, California recently coordinated his third fundraising effort for UNICEF. He recruited musicians from Monterey and San Francisco to play a concert devoted to Duke Ellington, an influential jazz musician who performed from 1923 until 1974. Eleven musicians donated their talents for the evening, including Andy Weiss, the drummer who played with Ellington’s orchestra, and Kenny Stahl, a flautist who previously toured with Stevie Wonder.
On a Wednesday night in May, 65 people attended a benefit jazz concert at Monterey Live, a music venue in the downtown area. Attendees paid a $25 cover for the show and all proceeds were donated to UNICEF. Throughout the concert Philip spoke of the conditions Iraqi children are faced with and how extra donations would benefit them. The largest donation was $1000, given by an Iraqi attendee, while a $300 donation was made by the local Rotary Club.