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Friday, September 5, 2008

Charity News Roundup

In case you missed it, here are some of the charity headlines making news this week:

  • Myanmar has opened up to allow global relief efforts. Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May and the country initially denied foreign help. A report by Relief International says that since June more than 1,000 visas have been issued to international aid workers.

  • Stand Up to Cancer telethon will take place this Friday airing on ABC, CBS, NBC, and E!. The Stand Up to Cancer aims to raise funds to encourage scientists to collaborate rather than compete for patient therapies.

  • Charities in South Florida have mobilized to ship money and supplies to Cuba , Haiti and other Caribbean islands in need of aid after the devastation of Hurricane Gustav. However, efforts to help Haiti after Hurricane Hannah have been thwarted by heavy flooding.

  • An international coalition of aid agencies is launching a program aimed at curbing carbon dioxide emissions and teaching vulnerable individuals how to cope with climate related problems. Some of the coalition’s partners are UNICEF, Greenpeace and CARE International.

  • In CEO news, the Smithsonian will be cutting pays of seventeen executives with six-figure salaries.

  • Islamic Relief, USA will be coordinating events for Day of Dignity events in eighteen US cities where Muslims will serve the hungry and homeless as they celebrate the holy month of Ramadan which began on Monday.

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