VACCINATE A VILLAGE – Guidelines and rules for American Red Cross Measles Initiative

I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE those involved in this platform AROUND THE WORLD AND IN THE UNITED STATES TO GET INVOLVED IN activities that are working to achieve successful millennium development goal outcomes.

I know this may seem like preaching to the converted for the general membership of this platform.


I am deeply involved with the American Red Cross on the Measles Initiative. It is a great partnership, started in 2001, that continues to grow. ARC has just launched the Vaccinate a Village project. I'm writing to encourage everyone to take some time to get to know of it. Visit 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’ - that is because I want my colleagues to know that I'm out there trying. My personal fund-raising goal is $1 Million USD by the end of 2011.)

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.


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 availablecommunications 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.

Thank you for taking on this challenge and for helping the Measles Initiative vaccinate more children this year than ever before.

If you are an American, and are looking for a volunteer job working for the Measles Initiative, please send me a FRIEND REQUEST and I'll help you get started with a job I'm certain you will be happy that you have accepted.


If you are NOT an American, I would encourage you to contact the national Red Cross or Red Crescent society in the country you are living. There is a good chance if you are living outside of western Europe, Australia or Japan that a measles vaccination campaign may be planned in your country some time between now and 2011.


Education and advocacy are perhaps just as important as fund-raising when it comes to improving health systems around the globe. I will endeavor to cover this topic more fully in subsequent blog posts.

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