On November 24, the Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation launched a million-dollar global challenge to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Western Union Foundation is making grants of a total of US$500,000 that will be split evenly between the International Medical Corps and Save the Children. Funds will be used to help support health worker training and medical work to treat and isolate the outbreak, and to help stem the spread of the virus and check its catastrophic impact on children and their families. I invite you to join us in supporting these efforts.
My personal challenge to you is to help us reach the US$1 million mark by joining us in supporting Ebola relief efforts. Western Union will provide a 1:1 match on all charitable donations made to the International Medical Corps and Save the Children to reach the total of US$1 million in support.
As of November 19, 2014, according to the World Health Organization, there were 15,145 cases of Ebola, with 5,420 reported deaths, and the disease is still infecting people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Because of Ebola, schools and businesses are closed. Mobility of people, goods and services is severely restricted. And those who have fortunately escaped the immediate physical impact of Ebola may face severe economic hardship in the months, and even years, ahead.
Ebola is not just a regional issue in West Africa. We have watched as the disease has made a global impact, crossing borders and continents. If left unchecked, the spread of the Ebola virus may prove to be one of the greatest humanitarian and economic crises of our time. Fortunately, we are in a position to help.
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Save the Children In an effort to diagnose and treat early signs of Ebola infection, Save the Children will open 10 community care centers. These are small facilities in rural areas designed to isolate and treat Ebola patients within their towns and villages with the support of a family member and staff. They are also training health workers in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to help stem the spread of the virus. Donate to Save the Children by credit card here.
International Medical Corps International Medical Corps currently operates four Ebola treatment units in high-population areas that provide urgently needed care to a population of 1.5 million people. International Medical Corps also trains other responding organizations and thousands of essential frontline local health care workers. Additionally, International Medical Corps's mobile support teams increase the capacity for treatment and training beyond the treatment units. Donate to International Medical Corps by credit card here.
Western Union Foundation Grants to Support International Medical Corps, Save the Children
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – November 24, 2014 – The Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation today launched a million-dollar global business challenge to help fight the Ebola outbreak, and announced a multi-faceted program in support of community relief efforts.
“We are committed to helping the global communities we serve,” said Western Union President and Chief Executive Officer Hikmet Ersek. “Western Union encourages its Agents, Business Solutions clients, and other global business leaders to join us in supporting the people of West Africa during this time of need.”
Western Union Foundation Grants and Global Challenge:
Western Union is urging Western Union® Agents, Western Union Business Solutions clients and the entire global business community to drive donations toward Ebola relief efforts by providing a 1:1 match to all charitable donations supporting the International Medical Corps and Save the Children to reach a total of $1 million in support. The Western Union Foundation match, up to $500,000, will benefit the International Medical Corps to support the treatment of current Ebola patients and training of local health-care workers, and Save the Children to support the diagnosis and early treatment of Ebola at the community level.
Western Union Consumer Activation:
Consumers worldwide also can donate online at www.westernunionfoundation.org, by clicking “Donate Now” and selecting “Ebola Outbreak Relief.” Donors may direct funds to either International Medical Corps or Save the Children.
In the United States, Western Union also has set up a no-fee Payments contribution account benefiting the American Red Cross to support Ebola relief efforts in West Africa. Donors in the United States can contribute by making a no-fee Payments transaction at participating Western Union Agent locations, directed to the account, up to $5,000.
Donors need to complete the blue section on the Western Union form at retail Agent locations using company name “American Red Cross;” code city “REDCROSS DC;” and account number “Ebola Relief.”
Western Union Foundation President Patrick Gaston added, “The devastating Ebola outbreak is disrupting schools, businesses and daily life for people throughout the region. We are responding by supporting services that will help to curtail the spread of the disease.”
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About the Western Union Foundation The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $98.5 million in grants and other giving. These funds have been pledged to more than 2,729 nongovernmental organizations in more than 133 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org.