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Running For Those Who Can’t – Wings For Life World Run Takes Off Globally in Just Over 100 Days’ Time

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FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL – TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY 2014: 800 people came together in Florianopolis, Brazil at the weekend, to form a giant logo to mark the Wings for Life World Run – the world’s most spectacular running race.

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Florianopolis is one of the locations where on May 4th 2014, thousands of runners across the globe will take part in the Wings for Life World Run – a unique race staged simultaneously on up to 37 different courses in 35 different countries on 6 continents.

The Wings for Life World Run aims to raise funds for spinal cord research.

It will start precisely at 10am UTC at the exact same time in all locations across the globe – meaning that runners in some countries will be running from dawn to dusk, while others will be racing from dusk to dawn.

The world’s first-ever simultaneous global endurance event includes a number of routes; some passing through deserts; others traversing through some of the world’s most attractive countryside; and others following along scenic coastlines.

Open to competitors of all levels, shapes, sizes, abilities and ages, the unique feature of the Wings for Life World Run is a “moving finish line” – which will chase participants from behind, instead of participants running towards a set finish line. Exactly 30 minutes after the start of the race, “Catcher Cars” will set off in pursuit; when a Catcher Car passes a participant, their race is over. The last man and last woman still running will be declared the winners.
 


More than 216 top athletes from a wide range of sports and countries have already signed up to participate, including ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard; surfing icon Robby Naish; motorsport racing legend Eddie Jordan; former Alpine skiing ace Luc Alphand; Iron Man Marc Herremans; three-time 100km ultra-marathon world champion Giorgio Calcaterra; and three-time surfing world champion Mick Fanning. British Olympian Colin Jackson, who is the Wings for Life World Run sports director, can’t wait until the race gets under way in just over 100 days.

The Wings for Life World Run is more than about determining winners. It is above all about competing while raising funds for spinal cord research and awareness for the cause itself. The proceeds from the run will go entirely to cutting-edge research projects aimed at healing the injured spinal cord. Therefore the race will be held under the slogan: running for those who can’t.

About 3 million of people around the world are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, at least 250,000 more sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury – the main cause being traffic accidents. Advancement in spinal cord research is largely based on private initiatives. As a non-profit foundation, Wings for Life is dependent on donations. The foundation guarantees that 100 percent of all donations are used for research purposes only as all administrative costs are kindly covered. 


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With just over 100 days left before the race on (the 100 day milestone is January 24th), there is still time to sign up for the race at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com The deadline for applications is April 20th 2014.

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GOTHAM CHAMBER OPERA Announces The 4th Round of The Composer In Residence Program

Gotham Chamber Opera, in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to offer a fourth track in the nation’s first comprehensive, operatic Composer in Residence program. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program provides professional development opportunities for today’s most promising opera composers, selected on a competitive basis. Applications are being accepted through January 31, 2014.

The program, now in its third year, provides a highly individualized professional development path for today’s most promising opera composers, fostering tomorrow’s American operatic masterpieces through personalized creative development and intensive, hands-on composition opportunities. The first three composers selected were Lembit Beecher (2011-2013), Missy Mazzoli (2012-2014), and Andrew Norman (2013-2015).

This residency includes a yearly salary of $60,000 and benefits as well as substantial work and career development resources. Two years of the residency are funded, contingent upon appropriate progress, with the potential for a third year. This composer’s term will begin on June 1, 2014.

A more detailed description of the residency program may be found at http://www.operaphila.org/composers.

Gotham Chamber Opera’s 2013/2014 season continues in February with a double bill co-produced with and staged at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, consisting of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Monteverdi, and a newly commissioned work, I Have No Stories to Tell You, by Gotham Chamber Opera Composer-In-Residence Lembit Beecher. The United States premiere of The Raven by Toshio Hosakawa at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater concludes the season in May 2014 as part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

Gotham Chamber Opera, now in its twelfth season, is the nation’s leading opera company dedicated to vibrant, fully staged productions of works intended for intimate venues. Its high quality presentations of small-scale rarities from the Baroque era to the present have earned Gotham an international reputation and unanimous critical praise.

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Founded by conductor and Artistic Director Neal Goren, Gotham debuted in 2001 (as Henry Street Chamber Opera) with the American premiere of Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione. In subsequent seasons, Gotham has produced many more local and world premieres, including such works as Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphee, Bohuslav Martinu’s Les Larmes du Couteau and Hlas Lesa, Sutermeister’s Die schwarze Spinne, Handel’s Arianna in Creta, Britten’s Albert Herring, and Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino. The company renamed itself Gotham Chamber opera and became an independent 501(c)3 organization in 2003.

Gotham has partnered with notable New York and national institutions, including Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto USA for the 2005 production of Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco; the Morgan Library and Museum for Scenes of Gypsy Life (an evening of song cycles by Janáček and Dvořák) in 2008; and the American Museum of Natural History and the American Repertory Theater for 2010’s production of Hadyn’s Il mondo della luna. That production featured lunar exploration video developed by the Museum and NASA and broadcast on the Hayden Planetarium’s 180-degree dome.

Gotham has earned a reputation for showcasing outstanding young singers alongside established directors and choreographers such as Mark Morris (the 2009 production of Hadyn’s L’isola disabitata), David Parsons (the New York stage premiere of Astor Piazzola’s tango opera, María di Buenos Aires), Karole Armitage (the world premiere of Ariadne Unhinged), Basil Twist (La bella), Christopher Alden (Scipione and Arianna in Creta), and Diane Paulus (Il mondo). In October 2010, Gotham partnered with director Moisés Kaufmann and his company, Tectonic Theater Project, to co-produce the first United States stage performances of Xavier Montsalvatge’s El Gato con Botas, at the New Victory Theater.

For the 2011-2012 season, Gotham celebrated its tenth anniversary with the world premiere of Dark Sisters, by Nico Muhly, and a revival of its first production, Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione. Moving into its second decade in 2013, Gotham presented a sold-out run of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo at The Box and two performances of Daniel Catán’s La Hija di Rappaccini (Rappaccini’s Daughter) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Esplanade. That production then toured to Los Angeles, where it was presented by the Broad Stage at the Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills. In October 2013, the company presented Baden-Baden 1927, a fully-staged production of the quadruple bill of short chamber operas by Hindemith, Toch, Milhaud, and Weill, premiered at the legendary Baden-Baden Festival of Contemporary Music performance of July 17, 1927.

For more information, visit www.gothamchamberopera.org.

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Horatio Alger Association Presents the Debut Performance of its International Ambassador, George Perris, at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Celebrating more than $100 million awarded in scholarships in 30 years, Horatio Alger Association launches its 2014 “State of the Association” meetings with a dynamic program at New York’s premier performance venue

New York, NY (January 22, 2014)Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, presents, in partnership with Forbes magazine, “George Perris Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.” This marks the first-ever performance for Mr. Perris – the Association’s international ambassador – at the famed venue.

Perris, pop-classical singer and international ambassador for Horatio Alger Association, greets 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholar Michael Onitiri (High School for Public Service, Brooklyn).

The 90-minute concert, which is in the process of being finalized for broadcast on both Comcast network and the Ovation channel, kicks-off Horatio Alger’s 2014 “State of the Association” meetings, which are being organized in celebration of the Association’s awarding more than $100 million in need-based scholarships since the inception of its National Scholarship Program in 1984. Held at various locales throughout the United States and Canada, and linked with special concert performances, these meetings will also serve to keep Members, Scholars and Alumni Scholars connected to each other and to the Association and its many initiatives.

The performance by Mr. Perris begins the next exciting chapter in the Association’s relationship with the global pop-classical singing sensation. In his role as international ambassador for the Association, Mr. Perris has used his immense talent to raise awareness of the Association’s mission, specifically as it relates to its educational and scholarship programs. For his upcoming American debut studio album, Mr. Perris has co-written the song, “Shine,” in honor of the Association’s 20,000 Scholars and Alumni Scholars.

George Perris, pop-classical singer and international ambassador for Horatio Alger Association, greets 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholar Sania Kamran, who attends West Orange High School, along with Jim Brickman, an award-winning pianist and songwriter with four certified gold records.

“Through our ‘State of the Association’ meetings, which celebrate 30 years of scholarships, we are proud to support and salute George Perris as Horatio Alger Association’s international ambassador,” said Tony Novelly, President and CEO of Horatio Alger Association. “We are deeply grateful to George for using his exceptional vocal talents to promote awareness of the Association’s educational programs and mission. His advocacy is truly inspirational. We are also greatly appreciative of Comcast and Ovation for helping us to share our mission – and George’s talent – with a wider audience.”

“State of the Association” meetings also provide an opportunity to introduce Horatio Alger Association’s newest National Scholars to the organization. At this evening’s performance, the Association will welcome select students from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania who are among its newly-announced class of 2014 National Scholars. Each Scholar is recognized as an outstanding student, who, in the face of great adversity, has exhibited an admirable commitment to continuing his/her education and serving his/her community. Awarded $21,000 to apply toward the tuition of the college or university of their choice, Horatio Alger National Scholars come from households with an average income of $15,000 per year while maintaining an average 3.8 GPA and a scoring a mean 1,684 on the SAT. Since the establishment of its scholarship programs in 1984, Horatio Alger Association has awarded more than $100 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships.

Horatio Alger Association presents the debut performance of its international ambassador, George Perris, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Mr. Novelly added: “We are delighted to welcome our new Scholars to the Association with a special event at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Our Scholars, as always, are both impressive and deserving of the Association’s support. And undoubtedly their potential for success is similar to that of George Perris – infinite.”

For more information about Horatio Alger Association and its “State of the Association” meetings, please visit https://www.horatioalger.org/. For more information about George Perris, please visit: http://georgeperris.com/en.

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About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans:

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., fulfills its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. Horatio Alger Association supports students through annual undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships and mentoring programs across the United States and Canada. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $100 million in college scholarships to deserving young people. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.

HireVue Launches “WorldVue” Platform to Transform Way Non-Governmental Organizations ­ Source and Select Their Volunteers worldwide

WorldVue is the First Official Solution from HireVue Labs, an Incubator Powering Inventive Applications of the HireVue Technology

SALT LAKE CITY – January 23, 2014 – Leading Talent Interaction Platform™ provider HireVue today announced the launch of WorldVue, a full-service platform designed to meet the volunteer interviewing and staffing challenges of established non-profits globally. Offered free of charge to qualifying not for profit organizations and NGOs, WorldVue leverages HireVue’s award-winning technology to help these organizations source, vet and interview volunteers. WorldVue is best suited for registered not for profit organizations that are volunteer-centric and have a global geographical presence.

“Technology should help facilitate social good. Non-profits have suffered just as much as enterprise companies when it comes to archaic ways of identifying, interviewing and interacting with the best talent,” said Mark Newman, CEO and Founder, HireVue. “WorldVue can help build the world’s best non-profits by allowing volunteers to better identify how they can contribute, and by creating a better volunteer experience along the way.”

WorldVue customers benefit from the same technology and full-service experience as HireVue’s customer base, which includes numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart and Geico. Non-profits can leverage WorldVue to more effectively identify, vet and recruit the best volunteer talent, leveraging a secure platform that allows for on-demand and live interviews, social sourcing, candidate rating, rating sharing with other decision-makers and branded landing pages. The not-for-profit organizations are fully supported as they implement the platform, from white-glove user training to 24/7 online and phone support in a dozen languages. More information about WorldVue can be found in this short video: www.worldvue.org.

“It’s simply unacceptable that even today lack of resources can stand between worthy non-profits and the best volunteer talent. However, every day around the globe non-profits suffer from this very thing, particularly in instances of natural disaster or where volunteer needs are dispersed geographically,” said Jeff Barson, HireVue Labs. “At HireVue Labs, we provide a technology platform for companies that are rethinking the way people connect and communicate – whether it’s a candidate and a prospective employer, a doctor and a patient or a politician and a voter. WorldVue is simply one example of how we to incubate new and relevant applications of the HireVue technology beyond human resources.”

WorldVue is a project of HireVue Labs, the experimental startup arm of HireVue created to build new businesses that can benefit from HireVue’s core human interaction technologies. Using software to reimagine the way people interact in an endless number of settings – ranging from healthcare to training to education – the HireVue Labs team works on solutions that disrupt the status quo.

WorldVue is already being implemented by VSO, a leading international development NGO that fights poverty through volunteers, which recruited nearly 700 volunteers last year for placements in more than 30 countries worldwide. “Volunteers are at the heart of our organisation. We bring volunteers together with local partners to develop health and education services, opportunities to earn a living and to give poor people a voice. They share skills and experience to create lasting positive change worldwide,” said Ian Moffett, Selection and Induction Manager, VSO. “It’s important that volunteers have an excellent VSO experience from the moment they apply and that their skills are matched according to need with our local partners globally. WorldVue helps us achieve both missions.”

To learn more about WorldVue, visit www.worldvue.org. To learn more about HireVue, visit www.hirevue.com.

About HireVue

HireVue is making business personal again through social, mobile & video enriched workplace interactions. Our Talent Interaction Platform™ lets people tell their story and demonstrate their talents, enabling high-touch collaboration and insights – all at the speed, quality and consistency of digital. HireVue was recognized by Inc. magazine in 2013 as a top 500 fastest growing private company and HR Executive Magazine as a Top HR Product of 2012. Join HireVue customers like Ocean Spray, Dow Jones, and Walmart who are reimagining recruiting and putting the personal back in business. http://www.hirevue.com.

Keep a pulse on emerging trends in digital interviewing by following HireVue’s social channels: http://www.twitter.com/hirevue, http://www.facebook.com/hirevue, http://www.youtube.com/hirevue.

About VSO

VSO brings people together to fight poverty through the lasting power of volunteering. We work alongside communities worldwide to create positive change. Our programmes are in some of the world’s poorest countries reaching millions of people through improved access to services in education, health, HIV/AIDS, disability, and governance. VSO’s vision is of a world without poverty, but we can only achieve this by working together. To find out more, visit www.vsointernational.org

Spending Bill Increases Funding for LSC, Supports New Pro Bono Program

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Washington, DC – January 22, 2014 : The $1.1 trillion dollar federal spending bill signed into law late last week increases funding for the Legal Services Corporation by $25 million, including support for a new grant program, the Pro Bono Innovation Fund.

The $365 million allocated to LSC in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2014 represents an overall increase of 7 percent from FY 2013.

We are grateful to Congress for the first increase in our funding since 2010,” said LSC President James J. Sandman. “We particularly appreciate the $2.5 million Congress has provided for a brand-new Pro Bono Innovation Fund, which will allow us to stimulate an expansion of pro bono legal services by the private bar for people who cannot afford a lawyer.”

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The spending bill raises basic field grants by more than 6 percent to more than $335 million and also includes $2.5 million for the pro bono fund, which will support new and innovative projects that promote and enhance pro bono initiatives throughout the country.

Projects funded under this program will develop, test, and replicate innovative pro bono efforts that can enable LSC grant recipients to expand clients’ access to high-quality legal assistance.

LSC’s national Pro Bono Task Force urged the creation of a Pro Bono Innovation Fund in its final report in 2012. Click To View Report.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was established by the Congress in 1974 to provide equal access to justice and to ensure the delivery of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

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CONTACT:
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Watch Me Go Launches First Crowdfunding Site for Girls’ High School Education

NAIROBI, Kenya – January 22, 2014Watch Me Go is a new organization giving girls living in urban slums around the world the opportunity to go to high school. It recently launched the first crowdfunding platform dedicated entirely to girls’ secondary education in developing countries, and is currently raising funds to send 40 girls from one of Africa’s largest slums, Kibera, to high school in February.

“Our aim is to combat one of the biggest poverty traps facing the developing world by creating opportunity for adolescent girls on a large scale,” said Katie Wood, founder of Watch Me Go and winner of the first D-Prize Award for social entrepreneurship. High school isn’t free in many parts of the world, and poor families often focus their limited resources on boys. For every 100 boys enrolled in high school in Sub-Saharan Africa, there are only 63 girls.

Katie witnessed the gravity of the problem during her travels through Africa in 2012. She met many smart and motivated 8th grade girls who were about to be forced out of the education system and constrained to a life of poverty. “It’s difficult for us to even imagine not being able to go to high school, but barriers to education for girls are perpetuating the cycle of poverty all over the developing world, and we want to change that,” said Katie.

The website features handwritten letters from the girls allowing them the opportunity to tell their stories in their own words. “This is the only chance for me to achieve my goals” reads a letter by one hopeful student. “If I get this chance, I will not waste any opportunity to study—I will ensure that I will not let you down. I am a product of my past but not a prisoner of my past.” Donors to the website can also track students’ progress through an online honor-roll program and see updates from the students every trimester.

Watch Me Go partners with local primary schools that educate orphans and vulnerable children in order to identify girls with high academic performance who would otherwise miss out on a chance at high school. The organization provides additional resources for the girls outside the classroom so that every child given a scholarship reaches their maximum potential.

“We are particularly impressed with Watch Me Go’s cost effective operations, forecasted impact, and long-term feasiblity,” said Nicholas Fusso, Program Director at D-Prize.

Katie is currently in Kenya beginning to enroll the girls in high school. To learn more about Watch Me Go and help support a student for as little as $10, visit www.watchmego.org.

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Twitter: @TeamWatchMeGo

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Capgemini Consulting Provides Global Support for Smile Train to Help Transform the Lives of Children Born With Clefts Around the World

New approaches for largest non-profit cleft organization result in greater efficiency and improved operations worldwide, to help Smile Train achieve its goal of one million cleft lip and palate surgeries

New York, N.Y., January 22, 2014 – Capgemini Consulting, the global strategy and transformation consulting organization of the Capgemini Group, today announced a pro-bono relationship with Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft lip and palate charity, offering over $500,000 in consulting services to help transform its partner engagement model. Through the relationship, Capgemini Consulting intends to help Smile Train improve the way it engages and incentivizes its global community of local agents, doctors and hospitals in more than 85 developing countries to ultimately help deliver more cleft repair surgeries to children around the world.

Since 1999, Smile Train’s mission has been to empower local medical teams to provide free, corrective cleft surgery for children in developing countries. It focuses on building and funding sustainable cleft programs within each of its thousands of partner hospitals around the world, with a strong emphasis on education and training opportunities for local medical personnel.

“We are thrilled that Capgemini Consulting has chosen Smile Train [as a partner] in its ongoing pursuits to work with non-profit organizations,” said Mackinnon Engen, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Program Development, Smile Train. “As the largest charity in our field, we pride ourselves on conducting our global operations in a similar way to those of a for-profit business. By working with Capgemini Consulting, we’ve received resources and tools that we normally do not have access to. The entrepreneurial environment of Capgemini Consulting and their dedication to our cause has allowed us to form a truly engaged and involved relationship, which will continue into the future.”

After identifying and analyzing Smile Train’s internal challenges by surveying key stakeholders, including doctors, nurses and those responsible for identifying candidates and organizing surgeries locally, Capgemini Consulting executed a ten-week program to increase and standardize Smile Train’s existing partner engagement model and elevate its brand affinity with regional partners and hospitals. By employing Capgemini Consulting’s multi-phase assessment and design, Smile Train has increased overall efficiency in the way it engages with partners as it approaches the milestone goal of conducting 1,000,000 successful cleft lip and palate surgeries.

“With any organization, there will always be challenges that arise when attempting to streamline communications and structure on a global scale. One of the biggest issues for Smile Train was discordant levels of both engagement and a sense of community among its regional teams,” said Barbara Spitzer, Vice President, Capgemini Consulting. “By devising strategies to empower its regional managers and partners, such as implementing a monetary and merit-based awards program for partners at all levels, Smile Train has already begun to see improvements in its overall operations and objectives, and is ultimately seeing increased enthusiasm and morale from partners and volunteers across the board, a crucial component for a non-profit workforce.”

In addition, Capgemini Consulting has also provided monetary support to Smile Train by hosting internal and external fundraisers, and will continue to foster an ongoing relationship with the charity. In an effort to expand its overall CSR efforts, Capgemini Consulting plans to continue developing long-term relationships with selected non-profit organizations by providing industry leading services and solutions.

About Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact please visit www.smiletrain.org.

About Capgemini Consulting

Capgemini Consulting is the global strategy and transformation consulting organization of the Capgemini Group, specializing in advising and supporting enterprises in significant transformation, from innovative strategy to execution and with an unstinting focus on results. With the new digital economy creating significant disruptions and opportunities, our global team of over 3,600 talented individuals work with leading companies and governments to master Digital Transformation, drawing on our understanding of the digital economy and our leadership in business transformation and organizational change. Find out more at: http://www.capgemini-consulting.com/

About Capgemini

With more than 130,000 people in 44 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2012 global revenues of EUR 10.3 billion (more than $13 billion USD). Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model. Learn more about us at www.capgemini.com.

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Running For Those Who Can’t – Wings For Life World Run Takes Off Globally in Just Over 100 Days’ Time

FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL – TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY 2014: 800 people came together in Florianopolis, Brazil at the weekend, to form a giant logo to mark the Wings for Life World Run – the world’s most spectacular running race.

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Florianopolis is one of the locations where on May 4th 2014, thousands of runners across the globe will take part in the Wings for Life World Run – a unique race staged simultaneously on up to 37 different courses in 35 different countries on 6 continents.

The Wings for Life World Run aims to raise funds for spinal cord research.

It will start precisely at 10am UTC at the exact same time in all locations across the globe – meaning that runners in some countries will be running from dawn to dusk, while others will be racing from dusk to dawn.

The world’s first-ever simultaneous global endurance event includes a number of routes; some passing through deserts; others traversing through some of the world’s most attractive countryside; and others following along scenic coastlines.

Open to competitors of all levels, shapes, sizes, abilities and ages, the unique feature of the Wings for Life World Run is a “moving finish line” – which will chase participants from behind, instead of participants running towards a set finish line. Exactly 30 minutes after the start of the race, “Catcher Cars” will set off in pursuit; when a Catcher Car passes a participant, their race is over. The last man and last woman still running will be declared the winners.
 


More than 216 top athletes from a wide range of sports and countries have already signed up to participate, including ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard; surfing icon Robby Naish; motorsport racing legend Eddie Jordan; former Alpine skiing ace Luc Alphand; Iron Man Marc Herremans; three-time 100km ultra-marathon world champion Giorgio Calcaterra; and three-time surfing world champion Mick Fanning. British Olympian Colin Jackson, who is the Wings for Life World Run sports director, can’t wait until the race gets under way in just over 100 days.

The Wings for Life World Run is more than about determining winners. It is above all about competing while raising funds for spinal cord research and awareness for the cause itself. The proceeds from the run will go entirely to cutting-edge research projects aimed at healing the injured spinal cord. Therefore the race will be held under the slogan: running for those who can’t.

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About 3 million of people around the world are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year, at least 250,000 more sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury – the main cause being traffic accidents. Advancement in spinal cord research is largely based on private initiatives. As a non-profit foundation, Wings for Life is dependent on donations. The foundation guarantees that 100 percent of all donations are used for research purposes only as all administrative costs are kindly covered. 


With just over 100 days left before the race on (the 100 day milestone is January 24th), there is still time to sign up for the race at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com The deadline for applications is April 20th 2014.

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Be The Match® and Stand Up To Cancer® Join Forces To Launch A New PSA Campaign Featuring ABC’s Robin Roberts

The “Good Morning America” anchor continues her efforts to recruit volunteer bone marrow donors to the national Be The Match Registry® while stressing the importance of research

January 21, 2014 (New York/Los Angeles/Minneapolis) — Be The Match and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), have teamed up on a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign featuring ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts.

The PSAs, titled “I Beat Cancer. Twice” and “Focus on the Fight. Not The Fright,” emphasize two critical ways to help patients battling blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma: supporting cutting-edge research and increasing the number of volunteer bone marrow donors on the national Be The Match Registry. Roberts also specifically addresses the critical need for more African-American volunteer bone marrow donors.

“Good Morning America” will unveil the joint PSAs during its broadcast on Martin Luther King Day. The campaign, which runs through June 30, will appear in magazines and out-of-home, digital, mobile and social media.

Roberts began her crusade to recruit bone marrow donors shortly after announcing in June 2012 that she was battling myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Though she was fortunate to find a perfect donor match in her sister Sally-Ann, Roberts has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the need for more people – particularly African Americans – to volunteer as potential bone marrow donors in order to improve all patients’ chances of finding a life-saving match. Roberts’, an Ambassador of Hope for Be The Match®, celebrated her one-year transplant anniversary in September.

“I’m proud to work with Be The Match and Stand Up To Cancer to raise the public consciousness about the need for more research and more volunteer bone marrow donors to help patients contending with blood cancers,” Roberts said.

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Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., chief executive officer of Be The Match, complimented Roberts on her “tireless advocacy” for others battling blood cancers.

“Be The Match and SU2C both recognize the persuasive power of someone like Robin Roberts, who has shown outstanding leadership while fighting her own battle with cancer,” Chell said. “Through SU2C, the entertainment industry as a whole has become a leading voice in the fight against cancer which makes SU2C a natural partner for Be The Match.”

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Robin Roberts and Be The Match,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of SU2C and EIF’s President and CEO. “This campaign speaks to one of the core ideas on which SU2C was founded: that every individual can make a difference in the effort to stop cancer from taking so many lives.”

About Be The Match

For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant.

Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

European Tap Dance Foundation Launches To Educate, Inspire And Unify The World Through The Arts

Spreading the Language of Tap Dance Around the World, One “Tap” at a Time

NEW YORK – JANUARY 21, 2014 –The European Tap Dance Foundation (ETDF) is pleased to announce its official launch, as well as the grand opening of Tap Temple, the foundation’s premier educational facility. ETDF is a nonprofit organization based in Milan, Italy that is committed to uniting the world through the universal language of rhythm and tap dance.

ETDF is enthusiastic about community involvement and aims to bridge the gap between domestic and international communities through public events, educational programs, workshops and performances in various cities across the globe. ETDF has many exciting plans to unite tap dancers all over the world to celebrate its mission of “One People, One Beat.” These plans include scholarship opportunities that would give dancers the chance to study and perform abroad, workshop series throughout communities in need of arts education, and more.

Tap dance is an art form that was born in the United States. Much like jazz, which is a blend of African rhythm and European melody, tap brings cultures together through a universal language that can be understood and spoken by everyone .

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“The foundation’s mission is simple,” said Cartier Williams, co-founder and artistic director of ETDF. “There are hundreds of different languages spoken around the world. If you can understand just two languages, that is an accomplishment. Tap transcends the spoken word. Tap is something we can all understand. Our mission is to not only preserve the art form, but to grow it and place tap dance back on the map of pop culture. We are ‘One people, one beat.’”  

The foundation’s mission statement is aimed at “creating a unique opportunity for individuals around the globe to experience the magical form of communication that is tap dance.” Students of all ages and technical levels now have the chance to study tap under the instruction of some of the most highly-regarded professionals in the industry.  Between the scholarship opportunities and participation in festivals that celebrate the art of tap dance worldwide, both Cartier and ETDF are looking forward to a year of exciting performance opportunities and philanthropic activity.

About The European Tap Dance Foundation:

The European Tap Dance Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers seeks to give children of all economic brackets the opportunity to experience the arts through tap dance.  Founded by Cartier Williams, Fernando Villa, Carole Davis and Ermina Moscato  with the slogan “One People, One Beat,” ETDF is committed to bringing the joy of tap dance back into the lives of people worldwide. The foundation also aims to preserve the art form across international borders through teaching, performances and workshops.

About Cartier Williams:

Cartier Williams, the child protégé of tap dance, is a hoofer, choreographer, filmmaker and performer hailing from Washington, D.C. He began his tap dancing career at the age of four and has been active in the tap dance community ever since. Throughout his career, Cartier has had the opportunity to dance with a multitude of tap pioneers and masters, including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Peg Leg Bates and the Nicholas Brothers. He has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Good Morning America” and CNN. Cartier has performed for President Clinton, co-starring with Bebe Neuwirth in the PBS special “In Performance at The White House.”  He also performed for President George W. Bush at the 2006 Congressional Picnic at the White House.

Cartier is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The European Tap Dance  Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to give children of all economic brackets the opportunity to experience the arts through tap dance.  Cartier is also the co-owner of the foundation’s Milan-based school, Tap Temple, which will officially start classes in February 2014. Additionally, Cartier is continuing to develop multiple musical productions, as well as expanding his brand with products including tap shoes and instructional videos

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