16 January 2010

Text “HAITI” to 45678

From the Salvation Army:

Toronto, ON January 14, 2010 – The Salvation Army has activated its Text to Donate program in support of the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund. Canadians can make a $5.00 donation to The Salvation Army’s efforts in Haiti by texting the word HAITI to 45678 from any Rogers Wireless or Bell Mobility phone. Donors will then receive a message asking them to confirm their donation with a YES reply. The proceeds of each text donation will support the ongoing efforts to serve the victims of the recent horrific earthquake that has left thousands dead and many more without adequate food, clean water or shelter.

“Our immediate focus is the safety and welfare of those affected by this terrible tragedy,” said Graham Moore, Territorial Secretary for Public Relations and Development for The Salvation Army in Canada. “The mobile giving program is another way to raise funds in support of this vital relief effort.”

In addition to the text message donation program, Canadians can support The Salvation Army’s relief effort in Haiti by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), by visiting our website, www.SalvationArmy.ca, by mailing donations to The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4, or dropping off financial donations at the closest Salvation Army unit in your area. Donors should specify their gift to the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund. The call centre (1-800-SAL-ARMY) and SalvationArmy.ca are accepting donations

According to Moore, when texting HAITI to 45678 via a mobile phone, a micro-donation of $5 will be made to aid the millions of people affected by this tragedy. One-hundred percent of each donation will go to The Salvation Army to serve this vital need. The donation will appear as a charge on a donor’s carrier bill, and standard rates may apply. Service is available on most carriers. Donors can unsubscribe at any time by replying to the message or texting the word ‘STOP’ to 45678.

Mobile technology company Zipstripe partnered with The Salvation Army to provide this service. The Mobile Giving Foundation (MGF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping other non-profits raise funds through mobile, enabled the transactions between donors and their carriers.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and 119 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

About The Mobile Giving Foundation:

The Mobile Giving Foundation (MGF) was founded in 2007 to create a “mobile giving channel” that empowers non-profit organizations and donors. Working with North America’s top mobile carriers, the MGF enables the mobile channel for charitable giving by providing the organizational layer, operational guidelines and technical infrastructure for non‑profit organizations and donors to use the incredible power and convenience of mobile technology. The “Mobile Giving Channel” gives wireless users a simple and immediate way to receive and respond to appeals from worthy causes with the donation charged back to the carrier bill and 100% of the donation going to the designated charity. For further information, please refer to the MGF Web site at www.mobilegiving.org.

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Wm. Murphy said...


Your blogging ommision of the Province's 1 million contribution to the Haiti relief is puzzling.

Why no mention??

Wm. Murphy

Ed Hollett said...

There are lots of things I don't comment on.

Why do you think I should?

Wm. Murphy said...

I am asking because it is a total depature for you to not comment on a significant policy choice by this gov't.

One million of unaccounted budget dollars is a big thing. In this case I think the decision to provide this much money for Haiti relief is a great thing.

Your silence on not reiterating or commenting on the press release is strange.

I know there are lots of things that you do not comment on...but to not utter a peep on this policy decision, is both calculated and blatently obvious that most of your intentions are based on partisan views. If not, please set me straight. This decision by DW ceratinly falls into a "worthy" comment by the humble e-scribber....to not pass comment is a blatent show of partisan motives.
For the record I think DW is a raving political lunatic and a the most arrogant Premier we have ever had...but that is beside the point. On this matter, a big hat tip to the Premier is warranted.

This decision is beyond politics....the needed relief from our tax dollars is a wonderful thing for the people of Haiti. I could give a rats ass whether DW's decision was to enhance political favour (and no you didn't mention that)....the fact of the matter is that the end result, is a good thing.

Your silence on not mentioning one million of our tax dollars, out of the blue, is quite a departure to those that follow your blog. This is a big announcement... Why no refernce Ed? Frankly, I thought that you would suck it up and acknowledge that this was a good decision. Yes...suck it up...because this has more footing than one's distain for this admin and the fan club followers.

No doubt that right about now you are getting completely defensive and even offended at the very notion that I am suggesting that your silence was based on partisan motives. But...there it is. That's how it came across to me and I am sure, after reflection, a lot of other readers may have shrugged an eyebrow as well.

The Scope newspaper called you "angry" last month and I belive that they may be on to something....on this issue anyhow.

Wm. Murhpy

Ed Hollett said...

Sorry but the only person who seems angry here is you.

Why you are so wound up I can't say but something evidently has you riled.

Wm. Murphy said...

Not quite sure why you are saying sorry?
I am not riled at all. Actually, never been happier.
So are my obverstaions true? Or are we going to dance around a bit?
Do tell

Wm. Murphy

Wm. Murphy said...

If you aren't taking flak, then you aren't over the target.

I know excatly what you mean!

Wm. Murphy

Wm. Murphy said...

like a dog on a bone Ed.

I thought I would share this wonderful post from Mark

It's very rare that this blog has anything good to say about the unfathomably arbitrary means by which the current government of Newfoundland & Labrador spends public money.

But there are exceptions.