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New Web Site to Raise Awareness for the Myanmar Crisis Has Lofty Goals
Date:5/9/2008

SAN DIEGO, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Summary: With the recent devastating cyclone in Myanmar causing an estimated 100,000 deaths and leaving over a million people homeless, the need for relief aid is immense. Internet entrepreneurs Sharon Tucci and Steve Jones have launched the Myanmar Challenge, a grassroots effort to award awareness for humanitarian needs, with hopes of filling the need as much as possible. Setting an initial goal of having 1,000 individuals and companies take the Myanmar Challenge, Tucci and Jones hope to create the exposure and relief contributions necessary to save thousands more victims of the cyclone.

An estimated 100,000 people have perished due to the devastating cyclone that hit Myanmar, the largest country by geographical area in Southeast Asia. Two Internet entrepreneurs, Sharon Tucci and Steve Jones, have risen to the call of community support by launching the Myanmar Challenge website. The objective of the site is to increase awareness of the situation in which millions are finding themselves without many things we take for granted -- such as food, clean water and shelter.

The Myanmar Challenge asks companies doing business online to pledge their support by offering either direct donations to one of the many relief organizations working in the affected region or by offering pledges based on purchases made at their websites by individuals. Tucci and Jones have set a goal of having 1,000 individuals and companies take the Myanmar Challenge.

"If each of these 1,000 individuals and companies only contribute $10 each," said Tucci, "That could potentially help save several hundred lives. That makes every minute spent on this endeavor worth it."

"We truly want to increase awareness of the devastation," added Jones. "Unfortunately, other news in the mainstream in much of the U.S. and other countries is overshadowing Myanmar's tragic situation. We want to challenge people to make a difference and to spread the wor
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