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Senator Frist and Convention Delegates Support AIDS-Affected People Around the World, Raise Funds for Gustav Evacuees
Date:9/2/2008

Delegates Join World Vision, ONE to Build Hope and Give Help

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delegates to the Republican Party Convention are sending a message to the most vulnerable communities around the world including evacuees in the Gulf Coast region and those suffering from HIV and AIDS in developing countries: "We are here to help."

World Vision and the ONE Campaign are inviting party delegates to do something unconventional. This event provides an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of people in need around the world, from Hurricane Gustav evacuees to those suffering from HIV and AIDS in developing countries.

"This service project demonstrates in a very real way the volunteer spirit that is at the foundation of our country and our organizations -- World Vision and ONE," ONE President and CEO David Lane said. "We want to do what we can to assist residents of the Gulf Coast region as they deal with their own crisis. We're fortunate to be partnering with World Vision, which runs both international and domestic relief efforts, to raise money for hurricane victims."

"This Caregiver Kit Build is a perfect fit for this historic event, because it demonstrates the power in the individual's hands to impact children and families affected by HIV and AIDS," said Richard Stearns, President of World Vision. "We believe this demonstrates the rising numbers of Americans who are passionately engaged in the fight against poverty and AIDS."

"We're all in this together. Ending extreme poverty and preventable global disease requires all of us to come together and do what we can to change the world. That can mean uniting our voices as one to call for change, or rolling up our sleeves as one to help those in need," explained former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who co-chairs ONE's presidential campaign initiative, ONE Vote '08.

In part because ONE members have raised their voices in hundreds of town hall meetings, community gatherings, and direct meetings with the candidates, both John McCain and Barack Obama have committed to policies that will empower people struggling with global poverty and disease to lift themselves up and gain access to the care they need.

Senator McCain has pledged to eradicate malaria. He also has spoken at length about America's role in combating global HIV/AIDS and the benefits of such U.S. initiatives as the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Senator Obama has committed to doubling U.S. foreign assistance - to $50 billion by 2012. He would build on proven, successful foreign policy programs, such as America's global AIDS strategy to which he has pledged a stronger commitment than in current law.

The Caregiver Kit is a simple way that convention goers, as individuals and representatives of their political parties, can demonstrate their commitment to change the world through action and advocacy.

Family caregivers and community-based volunteers are helping people living with AIDS around the globe. But too often, poverty denies them the supplies they need to prolong lives, comfort the sick, and protect themselves from infection. These unique kits are instrumental in providing otherwise inaccessible, basic supplies like antibacterial soap, antifungal cream, disposable latex gloves, cotton balls, petroleum jelly, acetaminophen, and more.

World Vision's Caregiver Kit program was launched in 2006 to give the public a way to offer tangible support to those serving on the front lines of the AIDS pandemic throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Since the program's start, more than 143,000 kits have been assembled around the United States as churches, community groups, schools and businesses have been inspired to take action.

"Assembling these kits at the Republican Convention sends a symbolic message that fighting extreme poverty is an important issue in this election. Voters, delegates and the candidates themselves are demonstrating their commitment to doing more for the world's poorest people," ONE's Lane said.

In sub-Saharan Africa alone, World Vision has trained more than 59,000 home visitors who provide care for over 900,000 orphans and vulnerable children, as well as chronically ill adults. In 2008, World Vision aims to assemble at least 125,000 kits. Caregiver Kits provide basic supplies for as many as three months.

When purchased in bulk, each kit costs $28, including shipping and handling. World Vision coordinates the bulk purchase of kit contents through its partnership with McKesson Corporation, world's leading healthcare services company. To learn more, visit the World Vision website at http://www.worldvision.org/wvcarekits .

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world's poor regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit http://www.worldvision.org.

In addition, the public can support World Vision's Hurricane Gustav response by contributing to its U.S. Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1.888.56- CHILD or visiting http://www.worldvision.org

About ONE

ONE is uniting millions of people to solve the world's most urgent problems and help people in the world's poorest regions to help themselves out of extreme poverty. Through ONE Vote '08, a project of ONE Action, ONE is not endorsing any candidate, but pressing the candidates to support policies that build on demonstrated successes to address extreme global poverty and disease. For more information, visit http://www.ONE.org.


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