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Youth Council Creates a Fun and Exciting Way to Help
 
Date: April 6, 2006
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

Princeton, NJ, April 6, 2006 – The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Youth Council, with support from 94.5PST, will be hosting the following dance marathon:

2006 Dance-A-Thon

Saturday April 22, 2006

3:00 PM-10:00 PM

Crossroads North School

Monmouth Junction, NJ

Dancers! Register now at www.njredcross.org

Teens between the ages of 13 and 20 are invited to dance to benefit local, as well as international causes. The 2006 Dance-A-Thon will benefit the programs and services of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, which assists victims of local disasters, delivers meals to the homebound elderly, helps to maintain a safe and steady blood supply to area hospitals, and trains community members with life saving skills such as CPR and First Aid. Ten percent of the net proceeds will benefit the Measles Initiative, an international program created to reduce measles deaths.

Participating dancers earn ten hours of community service and the chance to win prizes. Dancers are asked to meet sponsorship requirements. No dance skills are required – only the endurance to last the full seven hours on the dance floor. Interested dancers can register online at www.njredcross.org. The Dance-A-Thon is open to the public with a $5 Admission Fee at the door. So come cheer on the dancers and enjoy the food, DJ, live bands, and more – all while helping others locally and across the world. For additional information about participation, or if you are interested in sponsoring a dancer, contact Joyce Gorsky from the Red Cross at 609-951-2123.

American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Youth Services integrates young people of all ages into the delivery of our services to the community-at-large through meaningful volunteer opportunities. Through involvement with area Red Cross Clubs, students develop leadership skills that will enable them to continue to be productive citizens as adults. The Central New Jersey chapter has 965 Red Cross Club members in high schools throughout our service area. For information about Red Cross Youth Services and how you can get involved, contact the chapter at 609-951-8550.

Launched in February 2001, the Measles Initiative is a long-term commitment to reduce and control measles deaths globally. The Initiative is led by the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The global goal is to reduce measles deaths by 90% globally by 2010 compared to 2000 estimates. Since 2001, the Measles Initiative has mobilized more than $150 million and supported more than 40 African countries in implementing high-quality measles vaccination campaigns. Largely due to the technical and financial support of the Measles Initiative and commitment from African governments, more than 200 million children in Africa have been vaccinated against measles and 1 million lives have been saved. Measles cases and deaths have also dropped by 60% since 1999, thanks to improvements in routine and supplementary immunization activities in Africa. Because of the Measles Initiative's success in Africa, the program has now expanded its activities into Asia where the measles burden remains high. The Measles Initiative will heavily focus on the three countries that account for the majority of global measles deaths: India, Pakistan and Nigeria. For more information about the Measles Initiative, visit www.measlesinitiative.org.

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