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Why Do You Walk? Support the March of Dimes With Network Solutions

One of the neatest things about being the Women Grow Business editor/curator is that our host, Network Solutions, hardly ever asks for anything.

Seriously, you know how we “PR people” speak reverently of “the separation of church and state,” i.e. editorial content v. advertising? You want to sit at my keyboard. The Pope couldn’t separate us any better.

So when I see Network Solutions doing something really great like supporting the March of Dimes, I want – voluntarily – to bring it to your attention, and hope you’ll jump on board.

Infant mortality in the U.S. and the March of Dimes

Did you know (I didn’t) that in the U.S., birth defects have been the leading cause of infant mortality for the past 20 years, accounting for 1 in 5 infant deaths? So what the March of Dimes focuses on is improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality… and they do this by hosting walk-a-thons across the country (this I did know).

Where Network Solutions comes in

This year, Network Solutions is supporting their fundraising efforts by launching an online drawing contest. You don’t have to be able to draw (or walking for MoD) to participate – you can use an easy online drawing board to create a picture depicting why you walk (or would walk) for the March of Dimes.

The more the merrier

Once you create that masterpiece, you don’t want it going unnoticed, do you? Invite your friends and family to vote online for the best drawing. Network Solutions will donate a $1 per vote (up to a maximum of $10,000) for the winning drawing. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes in the “artist’s” name.

Pretty neat, huh?

The contest opened yesterday, and you can get your artistic groove on through April 2nd. Voting on the submitted drawings will be open until April 9th with the winner announced on Wednesday, April 14th.

Ready? Mouses up, fingers at the ready… go draw some great pictures (and that’s also where you’ll find the rest of the details on the contest).

May the best drawer win.

Image: dawnzy58‘s Flickrstream, Creative Commons

Shonali BurkeShonali Burke is editor of Women Grow Business and one of the country’s leading business communicators, who was named to PRWeek’s inaugural top “40 Under 40″ list of US-based PR professionals. She specializes in creating and implementing integrated (online and off), results-based, measurable communication programs for clients both large and small at Shonali Burke Consulting. An accredited business communicator, she is also Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Communications program and active in the local communications community as President of IABC/DC Metro. Talk to her via her blog, Waxing UnLyrical or Twitter.


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