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March 22, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College to sponsor dinner to benefit Adopt-A-Minefield project

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The United Nations Association chapter at Birmingham-Southern College will sponsor “A Night of a Thousand Dinners” April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall of the BSC Norton Campus Center. Guest speakers will include Dr. Max Michael, Dean of the UAB School of Public Health, and Jane Munga, who has worked as a policy advisor with the U.N. Development Programme's Mine Action initiative in Yemen. 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. On about the same date, 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.

Local area restaurants are donating food for the dinner. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the door.

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