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Prince William Visits Rhino Horn Demand Reduction Campaign In Viet Nam

Nov 17, 2016 12:30 pm

Prince William: Profile

His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, saw first-hand this week the efforts by the government of Viet Nam and animal protection organisation Humane Society International to inspire Viet Nam’s school children to protect rhinos from devastating poaching by reducing demand for rhino horn.


In an event featuring school children from the Hong Ha primary school in Hanoi, Prince William spoke about the need to protect rhinos from poaching and urge the public to shun rhino horn consumption. HSI wildlife Program Manager Adam Peyman read children the book called “I’m a Little Rhino,” written and produced jointly by the Viet Nam CITES Management Authority and HSI, and illustrated by Peyman, to teach children about rhino poaching concerns, conservation efforts and to dispel the myth that rhino horn has medicinal value.

Prince William is in Viet Nam to attend the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, a conference in which participants will call for tangible and unified action against illegal wildlife trade. A week earlier, HSI funded an event in which Viet Nam government officials destroyed 2,177.5 kg of elephant ivory tusks and 70.1 kg of rhinoceros horns confiscated from the illegal trade, to permanently remove the products from trade, call public attention to the poaching and trafficking tragedy, and urge people not to buy or use elephant ivory or rhino horn. A rhino is killed for its horn every 10 hours in South Africa, largely to satisfy demand in Viet Nam.


Teresa Telecky, Ph.D., director of HSI’s wildlife department and author of “I’m a Little Rhino,” said: “We are thrilled that Prince William is helping to bring attention to the plight of rhinos and the dire poaching crisis they face, which is decimating their wild populations in Africa and Asia. Driving the crisis is the demand for rhino horn for its use in traditional medicines and health tonics despite the horn having no medicinal value. Our “I’m a Little Rhino” book educates children about rhinos and the threats to their survival and encourages them to ask adults in their lives not to buy or consume rhino horn.”

HSI has been working with the government of Viet Nam since 2013 on a national, government-led campaign to reduce demand for rhino horn in the country. Viet Nam is one of the world’s major transit points for and consumers of trafficked ivory and horn. The multi-faceted campaign has reached an estimated 34 million people — approximately one-third of the national population. According to national poll results, over the three years of the campaign, the demand for rhino horn has dropped by 38 percent and the number of people in Viet Nam who think rhino horn has medical value has decreased by 25 percent.

One of the campaign’s main priorities is educating children, and “I’m a Little Rhino” is at the heart of the program. The book tells the story from the perspective of a little rhino affected by poaching, and teaches children that poaching is a crime, that the horns have no medicinal properties, and that wildlife must be valued and protected. The book has now been distributed to 700 primary schools and is formally part of the school curriculum.

“I’m a Little Rhino” is the first book in HSI’s “I’m a Little…” series of children’s books and videos, produced through our partnership with the Vietnamese government. Other books include I’m a Little Elephant, I’m a Little Pangolin, and “I’m a Little Tiger” to reduce demand for products from these animals.


In addition to the schools education project, the demand reduction campaign has focused on Viet Nam’s capital city, Ha Noi, and engaged stakeholder groups including the 800,000-member Ha Noi Women’s Association, the business and scientific community, university students, as well as leading health experts. The organisation launched advertisements on city centre and airport billboards and on city busses.



Imagine Dragons Singer Gets Vocal About Living With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Nov 17, 2016 11:30 am

Imagine Dragons: Profile

Dan Reynolds, lead singer of the Grammy award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, is partnering with the Spondylitis Association of America and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to launch This AS Life Live!, the first interactive talk show for patients with AS by patients with AS.


This AS Life Live! aims to increase awareness of AS, the impact it can have on people and the importance of appropriate disease management.

“When I started to have symptoms of AS, my band was just beginning to take off and I was newly married. From the outside, everything was going great for me, but what many people didn’t know was that I was often in severe pain that left me unable to sleep at night or move around on stage – something that was very unlike me,” said Reynolds. “Because it doesn’t exhibit any external signs or symptoms, AS truly is an invisible disease. It nearly took away many of my life’s biggest joys, like holding my child and performing live on stage.”

AS is a chronic inflammatory condition that can lead to severe pain and discomfort.1 Reynolds was diagnosed with AS at age 20 when a family member recognized his symptoms and advised him to see a doctor. He has been living with AS and managing his symptoms for nearly ten years, and is the third member of his family to be diagnosed with the disease.

“I am stoked to be a part of this new series, and help bring the realities of the AS patient experience to life. The challenges I have faced are what drive my passion to discuss my experiences and be a part of the larger AS patient community,” said Reynolds. “I hope that This AS Life Live! will provide much-needed information and support to patients and their caregivers.”

Each episode of the series will feature Reynolds interviewing a different patient, focusing on a unique aspect of their daily life with AS, such as exercise, relationships, the workplace and physician visits. Episodes of This AS Life Live! will air on – a vibrant, online global community that provides a supportive environment for patients. In addition to the episodes, the website offers:
· Disease information and symptom management tips
· Tips on improving doctor/patient communication
· Lifestyle management tips written by AS patients and expert rheumatologists from around the world to help more patients stay healthy with their disease

Episodes will also be available on

“We are excited to partner with Novartis on This AS Life Live! to drive awareness and encourage a stronger patient-physician dialogue,” said Richard Howard, Associate Executive Director of the Spondylitis Association of America and an AS patient. “It is critical that people who live with or are at risk of developing AS are educated and empowered to speak with their doctors about how to effectively manage the disease. Our hope is that This AS Life Live! will inspire more conversations about this often-overlooked and misdiagnosed condition.”

In the United States, more than one million people are impacted by the disease. AS usually begins in patients between the ages of 20 and 30, but can occur as late as 40 to 50. In the most advanced AS cases, the inflammation of the spinal joints causes the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, sometimes creating a stooped posture.

“Those living with the painful, but often outwardly invisible signs and symptoms of AS need to know that they are not alone in their fight to best manage their disease,” said Fabrice Chouraqui, US President at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, “At Novartis, we are honored to work with the Spondylitis Association of America and Dan Reynolds on This AS Life Live! to encourage the community to share their stories and offer the needed support and resources to bring awareness to this hidden disease.”

To learn more about This AS Life Live! and AS, please visit or


Amal Clooney Speaks At Texas Conference For Women

Nov 17, 2016 10:15 am
“As women, there is a bond we all share,” Amal Clooney told a sold-out audience at the 17th Annual Texas Conference for Women at the Austin Convention Center. “It’s not a bond of geography or culture, but of shared experience. There are struggles that only women face. The worst thing we can do as women is not stand up for each other. [But] if we are united, if we keep up the fight for each other’s rights, there is no limit to what we can do.”

Amal Clooney at 17th Annual Texas Conference for Women
Amal Clooney at 17th Annual Texas Conference for Women

Clooney, a British human rights lawyer, has appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and various courts in the United Kingdom and the United States and she has held a number of posts within the United Nations. Most recently, she has begun a case against ISIS on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman who escaped capture and sexual enslavement by ISIS.

The 7,250 attendees also heard keynote address from Abby Wambach, Olympian, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and author, “Forward: A Memoir”; Diane von Furstenberg, iconic fashion designer, philanthropist and author, “The Woman I Wanted to Be”; Annie Clark, founder of End Rape on Campus, whose work is featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground”; Nina Tassler, highest ranking Latina in network television and recently retired chairman of CBS Entertainment; and Linda Cliatt-Wayman, renowned educator and principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott also addressed attendees.

Themed “The Power of Us: Amplify your Voice,” the nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference, the largest of its kind in Texas, also featured breakout sessions led by more than 100 experts in the fields of leadership, philanthropy, health and wellness, finance, media, personal branding and professional development.

This year, conference attendees visited the career pavilion for professional development workshops, resume reviews with human resource experts, LinkedIn profile makeovers and executive coaching with the International Coach Federation Austin and Texas Women in Business. In the Community Connection Pavilion, United Health Care provided interactive volunteer opportunities with Special Olympics.

“Women derive incredible strength and inspiration when we come together to celebrate, encourage and amplify each other’s voices,” said Johnita Jones, president of the Conference Board. “And each year, we are reminded that we accomplish more together –this is the true Power of Us.”

The Texas Conference for Women is generously sponsored by Cisco; Dell; Rackspace; State Farm; United; United Health Care; HEB; Texas Beverage Association; Deloitte; Liberty Mutual; Phillips 66; The University of Texas at Austin; USAA; Accenture; Akamai; Bonterra; Brandy Pham; erin condren; ExxonMobil; HomeAway; Huston-Tillotson University; IBM; Intel; KIND; Mary Kay; Master Card; Mercer; NFP;NXP; Oracle; Poo-Pourri; Retail Me Not; and Texas Woman’s University. Media partners include Austin American-Statesman; Austin Monthly; Austin Woman; Clear Channel Outdoor;iHeartMEDIA; KVUE; AAT; and The Texas Tribune.

“Rackspace recognizes that amplifying the voices of women begins with a smart and dedicated community,” said Carla Piñeyro Sublett, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rackspace. “We’re proud to partner with the Texas Conference for Women to provide the tools that will help women and the men who are their allies to thrive and make a difference.”


Drew Barrymore Supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Third Annual Live L.A. Give L.A. Fundraising Campaign

Nov 17, 2016 09:00 am

Drew Barrymore: Profile

For 115 years, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has created hope and built healthier futures for critically ill and injured children in Los Angeles.

This holiday season, the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign is being championed by actress Drew Barrymore, generous corporate partners and media organizations to ask Angelenos to support CHLA’s mission to defeat childhood cancer, heart defects, neurological disorders, bone and skeletal conditions and other catastrophic conditions ailing children right here at home.

Starting today and extending through the end of the year, the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign is calling on our community to donate funds that will directly support care for the children of Los Angeles. A national leader and innovator in the pediatric medical community, Children’s Hospital’s appeal reflects the reality that the finest medical care and research comes with an immense cost — and the needs are urgent. A gift to the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign helps safeguard the community’s sickest children by providing the support that the nonprofit pediatric hospital needs to conduct leading-edge research and ensure that critical, lifesaving care is available to every child the hospital treats.

Community organizations like Credit Unions for Kids (CU4KIDS), a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, are partnering with CHLA in support of the hospital’s campaign. The organization’s donation of $600,000 is a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to the Los Angeles community. “With its 250,000 employees and 100 million members, Credit Unions for Kids is dedicated to making a huge difference in the lives of sick children,” says Keith Sultemeier, CEO of Kinecta Federal Credit Union and chair of the Credit Union for Kids Advisory Board at CHLA. We are proud and honored to support CHLA’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign and hope that the Los Angeles community will join us.”

Drew Barrymore, Golden Globe winning actress, entrepreneur, mother and longtime hospital supporter, is leading the 2016 Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign, inspiring families to give to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

“I grew up in Los Angeles, and I now raise my children here. I believe that every child in our community should be able to receive the best care possible, and with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles we’re lucky enough to have that,” says Barrymore, a recipient of the hospital’s Courage to Care award at CHLA’s 2016 “Once Upon a Time” Gala. “Over the years, I’ve been able to have incredible hands-on experiences at the hospital, meeting these heroic kids battling the toughest illnesses: cancer, brain tumors, heart defects, traumatic injuries and many other diseases. The passion in CHLA’s doctors, nurses and research scientists caring for these kids is extraordinary. With your help, we can give these kids the life-saving treatments they need and discover cures that can be shared here, and around the world. The Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign will make sure your donations support this essential lifesaving work and create happier and healthier lives for all children.”

Dollars raised from the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign will support the hospital’s Helping Hands Fund, which ensures that every patient treated at CHLA receives the critical, lifesaving care they need. CHLA is teaming up with community partners to provide Los Angeles families with fun, convenient ways to support its mission. The Los Angeles Kings will be partnering with CHLA for this campaign, dedicating their Dec. 8 game to CHLA. KDOC TV – Los Angeles is also hosting a telethon asking viewers to support the hospital’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign.

“Helping children heal is our primary mission and we cannot achieve this without community support,” says Paul Viviano, president and CEO of CHLA. “While some children’s hospitals choose to focus on one area of child health, we focus on them all. With 350 programs and services just for children, we’re prepared to help children recover faster. Our mission to provide life-saving care for children in Los Angeles would not be possible without the backing of our community.”

“We are delighted to support the unique and compassionate brand of health care that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for children,” says Matt von Waaden, Co-Founder of WavHello, a technology firm that makes sound and digital products for families. The company recently committed $250,000 to CHLA. “CHLA goes above and beyond to ensure that the medical care that they provide is not only comprehensive from a medical perspective but also looks at the welfare of the child and their entire family, integrating programs like child life, art and music therapy and more to support the best possible recovery process for their patients.”

Individuals who wish to support the campaign may donate online at Credit Union for Kids has donated $600,000 to support the hospital’s Helping Hands Fund and challenges the community to do the same through the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign. The hospital’s Helping Hands Fund is dedicated to ensuring that all of CHLA patients receive the critical, lifesaving care they need.

Family-Friendly Events
KDOC Telethons
KDOC channel 56 will be airing a 30-minute telethon on Saturday, evening, Dec. 17 from 7:30 – 8 p.m. The show will be hosted by Coleen Sullivan, news anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News, and feature compelling patient stories, innovative research and compassionate medical experts. Additional air dates will be announced closer to the end of the year.
• Los Angeles Kings Game – Dec. 8
Attendees will be provided with opportunities to text “KINGS” to 91999 to make a donation and participate in a special “Get One – Give One” opportunity; donors will get a special edition Kings hat and know that their donation will mean that a similar hat will be given to a child in the hospital. There will also be on-site opportunities to make a cash donation at designated CHLA booths within the concourse.


Taboo Of The Black Eyed Peas Reveals Recent Testicular Cancer Battle

Nov 17, 2016 07:45 am

Black Eyed Peas: Profile

The American Cancer Society has teamed up with solo artist and Black Eyed Peas member, Taboo, for an opportunity that uses the power of music in the fight against cancer.

This week, Taboo released a new track called The Fight on iTunes and other online music stores and performed it on the Emmy Award-winning syndicated series, The Doctors. The song is an anthem of survivorship that was inspired by Taboo’s personal experience facing testicular cancer, which he announced publicly for the first time today on The Doctors. To help create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by cancer, Taboo will donate proceeds from each download to the American Cancer Society. These funds will be used to support cancer research, prevention and early detection efforts, and patient service programs.

Taboo was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014. After experiencing debilitating pain throughout his body following a performance, he checked into an emergency room. It was there that he ultimately received a stage 2 cancer diagnosis. Taboo underwent surgery and a rigorous regimen of chemotherapy five days a week for 12 weeks. In 2015 he was declared in remission. Since then he has recommitted to healthy living and fitness, including working out daily, dancing, and playing sports with his kids.

“To the millions of survivors and caregivers out there who are either facing this disease or adjusting to life after cancer, I want you to know: I’m in the trenches with you. And the American Cancer Society is too,” says Taboo. “I’m so proud to release The Fight because it’s truly an anthem of survivorship. I want to use this song and my story to inspire and motivate people all over the world to live their best, healthiest lives possible.”

“And I want the world to know that it’s possible to face cancer and emerge stronger on the other side,” Taboo adds. “Just look at me.”

In May, 2016 Taboo became a global ambassador for the ACS, using his voice to inspire a movement to live healthy and to raise funds to fight cancer. Once making the decision to partner with the ACS, Taboo embarked on a summer-long journey to better understand the depth and breadth of the organization’s work. He toured the National Cancer Information Center in Austin, TX, where Trained Cancer Information Specialists are on-hand to provide free information 24 hours a day seven days a week, and visited patients at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Atlanta, a free lodging facility for cancer patients who must travel far from home for treatment. Taboo also performed at several Relay For Life events, the largest community fundraising event on the planet. He credits these experiences with helping him make the decision to go public with his personal cancer journey.

“It’s always valuable to have a talent like Taboo team up with an organization like ours,” says Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer of the American Cancer Society. “Taboo is part of our family at the American Cancer Society. He is someone who is selfless and has offered his talents to help us raise dollars to save lives. This partnership is so special, because Taboo has a deeply personal connection to the mission of the American Cancer Society. He understands the value and the urgency of the work that we do. And in addition to helping us raise critical funds, he is also inspiring cancer survivors all across the country and teaching the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We are honored to tell his story and grateful for his dedicated support.”

To download The Fight visit


Stars Pose For 2017 Hear The World Calendar

Nov 17, 2016 06:30 am
Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Jake Bugg, and nine other international stars from the acting, music, and fashion world have posed for legendary musician Bryan Adams to raise awareness about the importance of good hearing and the consequences of hearing loss.

2017 Hear the World calendar
2017 Hear the World calendar

The limited edition 2017 Hear the World calendar is available for $40 USD today. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Hear the World Foundation, a non-profit that aids disadvantaged people, particularly children, with hearing loss.

According to the World Health Organization, over 360 million people (5% of the world’s population) and an estimated 32 million children are affected by disabling hearing loss. In the U.S., two to three of every 1,000 children born have a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. Most of the people with hearing loss live in low to middle income countries and often don’t have access to ear medical care.

Founded in 2006, the Hear the World Foundation (#heartheworld) has given thousands of people with hearing loss the chance of a better life. It focuses particularly on projects for children with hearing loss, to enable them to develop at an appropriate rate for their age. The foundation, which has supported over 80 projects on all five continents, provides financial resources, donates hearing aids and audiological accessories, and trains project workers in audiology on site.

The calendar is the ideal holiday gift for anyone who wants to give a stylish gift while supporting a good cause. The limited-edition 2017 Hear the World calendar contains 12 black-and-white portraits of stars all featured in the signature Hear The World pose with one hand behind the ear. Stars include cover model Cindy Crawford, Star Wars’ actors Mads Mikkelsen and John Boyega, The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, opera singer Juan Diego Flórez, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, singer Eliot Sumner, and famous models Jeanne Damas, Linda Evangelista, Lottie Moss, Angela Lindvall, and Imogen Waterhouse.

All of the celebrities volunteered at no cost for the project. One hundred percent of the proceeds, $40 USD per calendar, benefit the project work of the Hear the World Foundation, which provides people, particularly children, around the world with better hearing. The calendar can be ordered here.


Video Spotlight: A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the third International Illegal Wildlife Trade conference

Nov 17, 2016 02:00 pm
Watch The Duke of Cambridge call for action to better protect endangered animals by shunning the use of rhino horn and other Illegal Wildlife Trade products at the IWTConference 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the third International Illegal Wildlife Trade conference

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Spotlight: Christina Aguilera’s Charity Work

Nov 17, 2016 06:00 am

Christina Aguilera

Christina recorded a John Lennon song for a CD compilation to raise funds for Amnesty International.

Read more about Christina Aguilera’s charity work and events.

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