Hi everyone. My name is William Lambers. I am helping fundraise for UNICEF, the UN Children's Agency. Created after World War II, UNICEF brings aid to children in countries leveled by war, disasters or extreme poverty.
All funds raised by TEAM UNICEF are going to be sent to the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa. It was also just announced that any donation will be matched by the Paul G. Allen Foundation. To make a donation just click the button to the right.
I am a graduate of Mount St. Joseph University, which was founded in 1920. In that year Americans supported the European Children's Fund to help overcome the famine that was left in the aftermath of World War One.
I feel as though I am continuing that tradition as an author and journalist writing about the issues of peace, justice and ending world hunger. In 2008, I authored a book surveying the current scene of child hunger in the world, including interviews with over 50 officers from the United Nations World Food Program, Catholic Relief Services and other organizations. The goal of all of us is a world with "zero hunger."
How do we achieve this goal with 805 million people who struggle to even get one meal a day? And sometimes they tragically get far less than this. Worst of all are the children who suffer from malnutrition.
Do you know that when a child under the age of five does not receive enough nutrition, they suffer severe lasting physical and mental damage? They may even perish. This is the reality facing millions of children every day in war, disaster and poverty stricken areas.
UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations, can save lives by giving therapeutic milk or a peanut paste called Plumpy'Nut. They depend though on voluntary donations. They are under great strain with the sheer number of emergencies going on at once. In the Ebola-affected countries UNICEF is desperately short on funds for its humanitarian mission.
To donate click the button to the right on the fundraising page. It is tax deductible. A minimum 10 dollars is required for online donations. Several people could pool a few dollars and combine into one payment too. Every penny matters!
I have been running since early summer as a member of Team UNICEF. I ran a race on September 5th, the Mount St. Joseph University 5K. Here are the results. My 5K time was a lot faster back in high school! But I did finish in 20th place.
To learn more about UNICEF visit www.unicefusa.org. You can write to me as well at firstname.lastname@example.org or also contact UNICEF USA representatives Kirsten Sheldon email@example.com or Susannah Masur at Smasur@unicefusa.org.
You can also visit my official author page for more information and updates about world hunger and the famine crisis in these countries.