Friday, April 03, 2009

BlogCatalog.com Partners With Heifer International For Bloggers Unite For Hunger And Hope

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — BlogCatalog.com, the leading social network for bloggers on the Internet, is partnering with Heifer International, a global non-profit with proven sustainable solutions to end hunger and poverty by providing livestock and agricultural training to improve lives, to launch a global social awareness campaign to end hunger and provide hope.

The campaign, Bloggers Unite for Hunger and Hope, begins April 29 and asks bloggers from all over the world to post about how people can end hunger and find hope with programs like Heifer International that create self-reliance. Collectively, their posts will reach millions of people all over the world at the same time, even in countries where hunger and poverty are rampant.

"Heifer International is thrilled to be a part of Bloggers Unite for Hunger and Hope," said Tom Peterson, senior director of Heifer International. "Bloggers Unite for Hunger and Hope is a great way to harness the power of the Internet, and it coincides with our Pass on the Gift campaign.”

The Pass on the Gift campaign is a month-long celebration that allows participants to get involved and work together to end hunger. With an entire month of stories highlighted from around the world, Heifer International will share dozens of examples with BlogCatalog and BloggersUnite members for their April 29 posts.

“BloggersUnite.org has evolved from an initiative into a member-driven social network where anyone can promote social awareness and nonprofit events from all over the world,” says Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com, and founder of BloggersUnite.org. “Three times every year, 190,000 BlogCatalog.com members pick a main event, and we’re thrilled their commitment has attracted the attention, admiration, and support of Heifer International for our first main event in 2009.”

Berkman said each blogger will be choosing their own topics about ending hunger and providing people hope in the spirit of Heifer International. He anticipates that some may even share their own stories of tragedy and recovery -- stories that have yet to be covered by mainstream media.

Since 1944, Heifer International has helped communities learn to become self-sufficient by raising animals that provide direct benefits such as milk, eggs, wool, and fertilizer, as well as indirect benefits that increase family incomes for better housing, nutrition, health care, and schools. For more information, visit www.heifer.org.

Since 2007, BlogCatalog’s Bloggers Unite campaign has evolved from the first blogger-driven social awareness campaign initiative into a self-sustaining social awareness network. More than 190,000 bloggers interact on BlogCatalog.com every day and provide the foundation for BloggersUnite.org. For more information, visit BloggersUnite.org or BlogCatalog.com.

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