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Malaria Awareness Day Offers Opportunity to Save Lives Through Nothing But Nets

(Vocus) April 3, 2007

The people of The United Methodist Church are using April 25, Malaria Awareness Day, as an opportunity to call attention to the plight of children in Africa, one of whom dies every 30 seconds from malaria.

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops, is urging members of the denomination and others to skip lunch on Malaria Awareness Day and donate the money saved to send a lifesaving mosquito bed net to a child in Africa through Nothing But Nets.

The people of The United Methodist Church are founding partners in the Nothing But Nets campaign, a grassroots effort to prevent malaria through the purchase and distribution of bed nets in Africa–soon to be featured on “American Idol.” In observance of Malaria Awareness Day, the denomination will observe the theme Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.

“Bed nets are the most cost-effective way to protect children from the mosquitoes that carry this killer disease,” the Houston-based Huie said. “This is an easy, tangible way to make a difference.

“Join me,” she said. “I’m going to skip lunch and donate $ 10 to send a bed net. Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.”

A $ 10 donation to http://www.NothingButNets.net will pay for the cost of a bed net, sending it to a family in Africa and teaching how it can be used to protect children from mosquitoes at night, when bites are most likely.

On April 24th and 25th, Nothing But Nets will be featured during a two-night “American Idol” special “Idol Gives Back,” designed to increase awareness and raise funds for organizations serving children living in poverty in Africa and the U.S. “American Idol” sponsors will make a donation for each vote viewers cast on April 24. On April 25, viewers will be able to make their own donations via toll-free lines and online.

Local churches are encouraged to join Malaria Awareness Day efforts by holding a noon worship service focusing on malaria on April 25 as a lunchtime alternative, or planning a fundraiser or other event to increase awareness of the disease. The United Methodist Church’s Upper Room Living Prayer Center is planning a continuous 24-hour prayer vigil for the children of Africa, for those suffering with malaria, and for global health.

United Methodists have been in mission in Africa for more than 160 years, operating hospitals, clinics, schools and mission centers.

“Nothing But Nets is a visible part of our long-term commitment to eliminate malaria,” Huie said. “Providing comprehensive health care to the developing nations of Africa is a long, difficult process. It will need to continue for generations.”

April 25 has been observed as Africa Malaria Day since 2001, but this year marks the first time President George W. Bush has proclaimed the day as Malaria Awareness Day in the United States.

Inspired by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, the Nothing But Nets campaign has raised more than $ 4 million so far–enough money for more than 400,000 nets. A challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match contributions dollar for dollar up to $ 3 million. Other founding partners are the United Nations Foundation and the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares.

To learn how to make a donation, visit http://www.NothingButNets.net or http://www.umc.org/nets.


Diane Denton

(615) 742-5406 (office)

(615) 483-1765 (cell)

United Methodist Communications

Office of Public Information

810 12th Ave. S.

Nashville, TN 37203



Webroot Extends Momentum of Channel Edge Partner Program: Launches System Builder Program to Offer Webroot(R) Security Software Licenses in Bulk; Adds Efficiency and Incentives Through Distribution Partner, Ingram Micro

BOULDER, Colo. (PRWEB) April 18, 2007

School District of Superior Expands Parent Notification Program Through SchoolMessenger Partnership

Superior, WI, and Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) September 4, 2007

The School District of Superior today announced that it has expanded its parent notification program for the 2007-2008 school year. The district’s goals are two-fold: To reach families quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency and to improve the overall quality and frequency of communications between its schools and the community.

By partnering with SchoolMessenger, a leading U.S. parental notification company, the district has expanded a pilot program that was put in place and tested in April. The new service allows the district to communicate quickly and effectively with parents, day or night, in any language using voice messages or email.

If an emergency occurs on one of its eight school campuses, massive calling capabilities are now in place to enable thousands of messages to be placed in a matter of minutes. For more routine attendance alerts and community outreach, school or district officials simply access a Web-based system or call a toll-free number to send families any number of personalized messages or reminders throughout the school year.

“We want the community to know that we are taking proactive measures to improve the flow of communication between our schools and home,” said Jay Mitchell, superintendent of the School District of Superior. “Studies show that when notification solutions are used in schools, parents feel more involved in their child’s education, they report improved peace of mind and attendance rates increase. In today’s connected world, parents have 24/7 access to news and information, and they expect nothing less from their local schools.”

As students bring Emergency Contact forms home this Fall, parents are encouraged to review them carefully to be sure all telephone and email information is up to date and accurate. Each family receives two emergency contacts that will be notified with school activities and alerts. Database records for each of its nearly 5,000 students are automatically, regularly updated so that if an incident occurs, the district is always emergency-ready. If at any time contact information within a family changes, parents are asked to notify the school immediately so that records can be updated.

“We want to applaud the district’s success in creating an organized, strategic program that places a clear priority on parent communications,” said Jim Duggan, Northern Regional Director for SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications. “By leveraging our notification service, which is designed exclusively for K-12 use, school administrators will save countless hours of staff time when communicating ongoing, routine alerts and events. In addition, if an emergency occurs, district officials can deliver a clear message quickly and reliably to provide valuable insight on the situation, and to dispel the spread of misinformation.”

The district’s 2007-2008 notification plan includes the following schools: Bryant Elementary, Cooper Elementary, Four Corners Elementary, Great Lakes Elementary, Lake Superior Elementary, Northern Lights Elementary, Superior Middle School and Superior High School. All personal information shared between families and the district will remain private and is protected by multiple layers of data encryption, firewalls and other security measures.

About SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger, a division of Reliance Communications, Inc., is a leading provider of parent notification solutions for education. Its family of products, which include desktop, server and hosted solutions, are in use in more than 6,000 districts and schools, connecting educators with millions of parents everyday. Founded in 1999, the privately-funded company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com.

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Lone Star Expeditions Celebrates Five Years of Helping Teens through Wilderness Therapy

Groveton, TX (PRWEB) September 17, 2007

Lone Star Expeditions, a licensed outdoor treatment program for troubled teens, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Based in east Texas, the program offers students outdoor experiential therapy as they navigate through ropes courses, learn wilderness skills, and periodically return to a permanent base camp that allows the program’s licensed therapists a more effective means of assessment, intervention and aftercare.

“Lone Star is thrilled to be celebrating our five year anniversary of helping kids discover their potential,” says Mike Bednarz, executive director of Lone Star. “We remain focused on reuniting families and helping teens succeed in leading more positive lives, and look forward to continuing in this great tradition.”

Wilderness programs like Lone Star afford teens who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, attention, or learning problems an opportunity to be free from modern distractions, allowing them to simplify choices, gain insight into their values, and learn to accept responsibility for their decisions. As they progress through the program’s level system, students experience success and develop healthy self-esteem.

Lone Star is often considered the alternative to boot camps. Students, whose ages range from 13-17 years, spend their time hiking and camping, and participating in high and low ropes course activities with trained facilitators. The program emphasizes keeping parents connected and involved through weekly telephone planning sessions with their child’s therapist, parent therapy and reading assignments, contact with their child through the exchange of letters, and progression through Lone Star’s four Family Expedition Phases that mirror their child’s progress. The program’s flexible length of stay allows students and families to fully prepare for the next step in the therapeutic process whether transitioning to a residential boarding school or returning home.

Lone Star Expeditions is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and recently received Woodbury Reports’ “Excellence in Education Award” for their outstanding reputation for producing positive and consistent results with at-risk children and their families.

Lone Star Expeditions is a proud member of Aspen Education Group, recognized nationwide as the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit http://www.aspeneducation.com or call (888) 972-7736. To learn more about Lone Star Expeditions visit http://www.lonestarexpeditions.com or call (866) 573-2002.


Over the Hills, Through the Web: Here Come Grandma and Grandpa — MyGrandchild.com combines real-time audio, video, interactive books and games to create virtual visits between long-distance grandparents and grandchildren

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 16, 2008

WOOGI WORLD Upgrades Security for Children Through Partnership with eGuardian

Castro Valley, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2008

Children’s Way Foundation (the non-profit developer of the children’s virtual world, Woogi World, (http://www.woogiworld.com) and eGuardian (a children’s online protection company) are partnering to lead the way in creating the safest virtual world for children K-6 worldwide.

eGuardian is the only online verification service that offers a foolproof method for verifying the age of children. The company’s technology works with parental controls, site blockers and access restrictors, while providing a deeper layer of protection and a safer environment.

“We are proud to work with premier partners like Woogi World, and supply them with the information they need to create an online community that expands what is possible for kids, while providing parents with peace of mind,” said eGuardian CEO Ron Zayas. “Through the efforts of eGuardian and our partners, Web, email and instant messaging can be made safe, predator-free and appropriate for children of every age.”

While parents and educators have always appreciated the fact that their children and students were engaging in meaningful activities when on Woogi World, with eGuardian they can now rest assured they’re doing so ONLY with children of the appropriate age–dangerous adults or malicious content simply cannot get through to Woogi World.

“The need to certify every social networking audience, no matter the site, is becoming more and more crucial. In keeping with our priority to ensure Woogi World is the safest children’s virtual world available, it makes great sense to partner with eGuardian–the best online protection available,” said Scott Dow, CEO of Children’s Way.

“It’s been well established that children can concentrate and learn far better in an environment where they feel safe. The assurance eGuardian gives Woogi World users, in terms of certifying that every Woogi spending time in Woogi World is indeed a CHILD, creates a comfort and confidence level that parents respect, children benefit from, and adds to the value of an already amazing site,” said Dr. Kimberly Young, CW Academic Advisory Board member.

About eGuardian:

The eGuardian mission is to protect children online from inappropriate content and solicitation, resulting in safe learning and exploring on the Internet. Through partnerships with prominent web sites eGuardian creates an environment that allows children to learn and communicate without the fear of being solicited by predatory adults or being exposed to adult content. For more information, call 877-EGUARD-1, or visit eGuardian at http://www.eguardian.com

About Children’s Way:

CW Foundation/Woogi World Program is a nat’l, non-profit organization that uses their safe and engaging website, http://www.woogiworld.com, to help elementary children worldwide become responsible Internet users and goodwill ambassadors (becoming good influences in their homes, schools, and communities), ultimately leading out in the global “woogi” phenomenon of kids doing good. Offices: Castro Valley, CA; Provo, UT; Washington, D.C. Go to http://www.childrensway.com or http://www.woogiworld.com for more information. Contact: Eric Clare (510-593-0574, ericc @ childrensway.com).


Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day : Study part of Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign to urge parents and teens to have a conversation about smart driving during the holiday season and sign Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:

QuestNet Contributes Through its Heart Towards a Rainbow of Hope

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 1, 2009

RYTHM Foundation, the corporate (CSR) heartbeat of the QuestNet, recently donated HKD 40,000 to the Rainbow Project, a non-profit organisation working with autistic children, under the QuestNet Pays Forward (QNPF) initiative. The amount was raised through proceeds collected during the recent launch of QShoppe’s showcase in Hong Kong as well as through RYTHM Foundation’s other fund-raising activities. The QNPF initiative was established as a way of paying forward the benefits that QuestNet has received from the local communities it operates in.

Mr Richard Zinkiewicz, Trustee of RYTHM Foundation who presented the cheque at the Autism Resource Centre said, “It was one of our own long serving executives, who is also a mother to an autistic child, who opened our eyes to the challenges of raising a child with autism in today’s world and the need for support. Our credo at RYTHM Foundation is Raise Yourself To Help Mankind, which means that for us to see any change in the world, we first need to change ourselves.”

Derived from the acronym Raise Yourself To Help Mankind, the RYTHM Foundation was created to emulate the fundamentals on which the QuestNet has been building upon since being founded in 1998. RYTHM represents the spirit and puts into action one of the primary missions of QuestNet which is, we are in service every day to help individuals discover their potential and achieve their goals, by offering better products and opportunities, and by contributing to the global community through RYTHM.

Whereas, the mission of RYTHM Foundation is to build opportunities and care for those in need. It aims to create decent living conditions and to protect the environment to facilitate sustainability.

RYTHM Foundation’s association with the Rainbow Project

RYTHM Foundation began its long-term association with the Rainbow Project in Hong Kong in 2006, when a team from QuestNet, under the auspices of RYTHM Foundation, participated in the Rainbow Trek. This 25-km fundraising walk that started from the famous Hong Kong Peak, helped the Foundation raise the sum of HKD 50,000. The Foundation has also sponsored a special classroom, called the Tung Chung RYTHM-Rainbow classroom for autistic children in the New Territories which required a donation of approximately HKD 600,000. This keen interest in the welfare of children, coupled with the spirit of caring, became the building block for QuestNet’s association with the Rainbow Project.

What is the Rainbow Project?

The Rainbow Project is a non-profit, charity organisation established in 1999 by a group of concerned parents and childcare professionals who identified the need for English language education for children with autism. The Autism Society of America defines autism as “a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.”

The Rainbow Project aims to provide special educational facilities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Hong Kong, and promote awareness of autism in the wider Hong Kong community.

In 2000, Rainbow established its very first classroom at the Hong Kong Academy Primary School. The second classroom officially opened in 2006 at Sunshine Preparatory School (SPS), but was phased out in June 2007 to give way to an ‘Early Intervention Classroom’, which provides services for children between the ages of three to six. The learning centre, based in Sai Ying Pun, offers Occupational and Speech Therapy programmes, and is run by individuals who are highly skilled in their respective fields.

Why parents send their kids to Rainbow

Rainbow’s greatest appeal is its child-centered approach to teaching that helps children adapt to their environment through communication intervention and specific instructional strategies.

Rainbow also encourages parents to contribute towards their children’s programmes and get involved in classroom activities. Parents are given the opportunity to be involved in the planning, implementation, and generalisation of their child’s goals. In this way, not only are they on track with their child’s progress, but they are also there to provide them with much needed support every step of the way.

Raising autistic children can be a very challenging and emotional experience for parents and caregivers. However, with proper education and support systems being available, many families are finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

About QuestNet Ltd

QuestNet Ltd is an international direct selling company that utilises the power of network marketing.

Operating a global sales force, QuestNet offers a high-quality product portfolio consisting of consumable and everyday products, brand-name items, luxury and collectibles, personal care and wellness products, vacation packages, and telecommunications.

The company also provides business opportunities to millions of people around the world by offering entrepreneurial aspirants the opportunity to run their own business through an e-commerce platform, while providing the Information Technology knowledge and business tools for these people to succeed. The company also educates various governments and populations of developing countries about computer usage, Internet connectivity and e-commerce.

For more information, contact QuestNet at their Head Office:

47/F Bank of China Tower,

1 Garden Road,

Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2827 1889

Fax: +852 2827 1833

Website: http://www.quest.net


ChooseDirect Donates a Portion of Sales from ChooseHotTubsDirect.com to Help Runaway Teens through Project Christmas CAROL at the Covenant House California in Oakland

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) December 25, 2009

ChooseDirect loves giving, especially around the holidays. So when CEO Steve Barbarich heard about the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL (Care About Remembering Overlooked Lives), he decided to donate a portion of sales from his company’s e-commerce site, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com, to bring aid to runaway teens and young adults who would otherwise obtain nothing this Christmas.

“I see homeless people on the streets of San Francisco every day, but it’s impossible to help them all” says Barbarich. “Giving to the Covenant House in Oakland is one way to get teens and young adults out of cardboard shelters, into warm beds and perhaps even receive a little joy this Christmas.”

One of Barbarich’s e-commerce sites, Choose Hot Tubs Direct.com, is no stranger to donating to worthy causes. For example, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com raised money for Hurricane Ike victims last October. In October of this year, he chose breast cancer as his charity, realizing California has some of the highest breast cancer rates in the nation. For the holiday season, he wanted to make life a little happier for homeless teens.

For the month of December, until today, Barbarich has allocated funds from Island Escape Spas sales to donate to the Covenant House California. In partnering with the center, Barbarich hopes to raise awareness about homelessness and the rise in runaway rates in the San Francisco metropolitan area, where his company, ChooseDirect, is based.

Though the Covenant House’s services are mostly for people 18-24, its policy is to accept every child who shows up at its doors. Since 1988, it has helped more than 145,000 homeless youth get off the streets and escape the physical and psychological abuse that either brought them there or plagues them as homeless people. The society’s mission is to “protect and safeguard all children of the street” with “absolute respect and unconditional love.” It offers street outreach and residential and supportive services. In addition, the organization has a hot line for teens in trouble, 1-800-999-9999 and a website, Nineline.org. The Covenant House California helps runaways and homeless young adults deal with suicidal ideations, drug and alcohol abuse, basic needs and anything else imaginable that these people face and from which they escape.

Giving to the Covenant House California is simple. Not only does it love in kind gifts such as food, personal hygiene products, business attire for job interviews and employment and footwear, among other items, but it also tremendously appreciates monetary donations. You can contribute securely on the Web, by phone at 1-866-268-3686 (1-866-COV-DOVE), or by mail by downloading a donation form and sending it to Covenant House California, Attn.: Development Department, 1325 N. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027.

San Francisco is often considered the homelessness capital of the world because of its mild climate and social programs providing cash benefits to the homeless. An estimated 7,000-10,000 people remain homeless in San Francisco, and the city spends approximately $ 200 million a year on programs aimed at helping the situation(1). According to the National Runaway Switchboard, California alone has 16,909 runaway children, teens and young adults. Truly a problem plaguing the Bay area, ChooseDirect has decided to take steps this year to combat the crisis by donating to the Covenant House California’s Project Christmas CAROL.

About ChooseHotTubsDirect.com:

The ChooseDirect factory direct model allows this new & unique company to bring the world high quality products at factory direct pricing. Since this e-commerce online retailer is involved with the product all the way down to the factory level, it cuts out many middlemen from the process and is able to offer better prices than the competitors. ChooseHotTubsDirect.com prides itself in having a large selection of hot tubs, portable spa & swim spas products, and with advanced factory coordination, they provide customers with a highly customized premium quality product. For more information about ChooseDirect, ChooseHotTubsDirect.com & for charity effort updates, please visit the ChooseHotTubsDirect.com Charity page.

1. “Homelessness in the United States.” Wikipedia. 20 December 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States#San_Francisco. 23 December 2009.


Diana Slampyak, Director of Community Outreach



767 Bryant St., Suite 201

San Francisco, CA 94107