FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The United Nations Assembly Association Chapter at Birmingham-Southern College will sponsor “A Night of a Thousand Dinners” Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center. The guest speaker will be Dr. Nalini Sathiakumar of the UAB School of Public Health. All proceeds will go to the U.N.'s Adopt-A-Minefield campaign.
The Adopt-A-Minefield program engages individuals, community groups, and businesses in the United Nations' effort to resolve the global landmine crisis. Next week, tens of thousands of individuals around the world will join their friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues in their homes, restaurants, community centers, or other venues to have dinner and raise funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance.
Many associate the Adopt-A-Minefield campaign with goodwill ambassadors Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. More than one-third of the world's nations are affected by landmines. There are between 45-50 million landmines in the ground in at least 70 countries. Every year, those landmines maim or kill approximately 10,000 civilians. Those who survive endure a lifetime of physical, psychological, and economic hardship. Landmines don't just injure and kill; they also inhibit economic recovery, prevent the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, block access to medical centers, damage the environment, and interfere with the peace and reconciliation process.
Local area restaurants are donating food for the dinner. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased by contacting Kelly DeLoach at 205/458-6617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.