Seattle, WA (September 16, 2014) — It’s never been done before, uniting One City behind One Cause for One Week. Beginning today, September 22, Seattle will host a first-ever “Flash Philanthropy” week to raise $500,000 to help the Puget Sound’s own World Vision build a desperately-needed hospital and medical clinic in rural southern Zambia.
“Our neighbors in the Puget Sound region are some of the most generous and considerate people,” said World Vision U.S. President and CEO Richard Stearns. “Families in Zambia are counting on our city to help complete the Zambia Healthcare Project. One City One Cause can accomplish this and save thousands of lives.”
About the Mission & Project
Right now, women must walk miles, while in labor, to deliver their babies in this rural region of Zambia. Sometimes they’re forced to deliver at night, by candlelight as there is no electricity or running water. The infant mortality rate is an astonishing 60 out of 1,000. The average life expectancy is just 49.
“The new clinic and hospital in Hamaundu and Moyo will change all that, improving and saving the lives of tens of thousands in southern Zambia. Both facilities will have a maternity and recovery wing, so mothers and babies can get the care they need. There will also be new diagnostic equipment, staff housing to attract qualified medical personnel and running water and electricity. No more babies delivered in the dark of night,” said Stearns.
When One City One Cause reaches its goal, the hospital and clinic will be painted in Seattle Seahawks green and blue, in honor of the city’s gift to these two Zambian villages.
To help raise $500,000 in just one week, Clear Channel Outdoor is increasing awareness through donated billboard space around the Seattle area. So join the cause! We are asking everyone to talk about One City One Cause; use your social media influence and the hashtag #1city1cause. Donate at www.OneCityOneCause.com or text the word ONE to 20222 to donate $10.
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About World Vision:
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization conducting relief, development, and advocacy activities in its work with children, families, and their communities in nearly 100 countries to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.WorldVision.org/media-center/ or on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.
- “One City / One Cause / One Week” will unite the city of Seattle, beginning September 22, for a week-long effort to raise a half million dollars to build a desperately-needed hospital and medical clinic in rural southern Zambia.
- The new clinic and hospital will improve and save the lives of tens of thousands, as mothers and babies will be able to get the care they need.
- Hospital and clinic will be painted in Seattle Seahawks green and blue when the goal is reached.