Announcing Pansies For Pakistan Fundraiser - Proceeds To Benefit UNICEF's South Asia Earthquake Relief Efforts: Buy Pansies and Help Children Who Survived The Disaster

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Buy beautiful hand-raised pansies and violas grown by Cedar Brook Farms®, and 100% of your purchase will benefit UNICEF's South Asia earthquake relief efforts to provide emergency assistance and lifesaving supplies for children and families who survived the devastating disaster. Your donation is tax-deductible and made payable to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF by credit card, check or cash through the Pansies For Pakistan fundraiser. Cedar Brook Farms® will even plant pansies in your honor to beautify local houses of worship and public facilities when you donate to this cause. Schools can also participate by incorporating UNICEF service-learning project materials and their own Pansies For Pakistan fundraiser into their education programs.

Everyone can now join in the Pansies For Pakistan campaign to support UNICEF programs that help children who survived the devastating earthquake in South Asia. Simply buy the beautiful hand-raised pansies and violas to support this relief effort, or help out by volunteering to plant and water plugs, deliver plants, take orders, link to the Web site, or distribute fundraiser flyers.

Cedar Brook Farms® in Fairfield, North Carolina is growing pansies and violas and donating materials and labor to benefit this fundraiser. Local volunteers are helping to hand-plant pansy and viola plugs into containers and care for the growing plants, which will be ready for pick-up or delivery starting November 15 through December 31.

Your payment is made directly to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF as a tax-deductible donation. You can make your payment online by credit card, mail a check to the fundraiser address, or pay by check or cash in person when you receive your pansies. 100% of your purchase will benefit UNICEF's South Asia earthquake relief efforts to provide emergency assistance and lifesaving supplies for children and families who survived the devastating disaster.

This fundraiser was established to help UNICEF raise much needed funds so that the organization can respond quickly to the most urgent needs of children and families in the region. In exchange for each donation, UNICEF supporters can enjoy colorful annuals that will blossom over the coming months.

Pansies and violas will be delivered to drop-off locations designated throughout Eastern North Carolina, including areas between the Outer Banks and Raleigh, to Richmond Virginia, North Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and other locations (see Web site for exact locations).

You can also choose to donate to this fundraiser and have Cedar Brook Farms® and volunteers plant your pansies at a location within designated drop-off areas in your honor, such as a local house or worship, civic center, charitable organization, school or public facility.

Schools can also participate by incorporating UNICEF service-learning project materials and their own Pansies For Pakistan fundraiser into their social studies or agricultural education programs. Cedar Brook Farms® will help teachers organize school events and provide the materials. UNICEF helps teachers engage students year-round as active global citizens in learning about UNICEF and its efforts on behalf of children worldwide through its free educational programs.

Volunteers Are Needed

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Here is how you can help:

** We need volunteers to help deliver pansies during November and December to areas between the Outer Banks and Raleigh, North Carolina.

** Help get the word out: download, print and hand out the Pansies For Pakistan flyer.

** Tell your local press about this community fundraiser and the Web site, where they can get information from the Press Room.

** Create a link to Pansies for Pakistan on your Web site using one of the display banners provided.

** Iron one of the transfer graphics onto your t-shirt as a colorful way to get the word out and show support of this program.

Visit the Web site at http://TractorForCharity.org/pansies for more information on how to donate, purchase pansies, help get the word out and volunteer. A special Press Room has been provided with pictures of pansies and other information.

Helping Children In Critical Need Of Your Support

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There is an urgent need for everyone to give to the children hit by last month's earthquake in South Asia, which killed more than 73,000 people (official toll as of Nov. 3, 2005), and made more than three million homeless. At least 17,000 Pakistani children died when their schools collapsed in the giant Oct. 8 earthquake, and it is estimated that some 1.6 million to 2.2 million surviving children have been affected. And the earthquake has gravely affected at least two other countries, India and Afghanistan.

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, sprang into action just hours after the earthquake struck. UNICEF trucks loaded with emergency medical supplies, children’s clothing, water purification materials, nutritional supplements, and blankets and plastic tarpaulins are on route to northern Pakistan and other affected areas.

The Associated Press has reported that hundreds of school children were killed when their schools collapsed during the earthquake. Homes, schools, mosques and other buildings have been destroyed or have been severely damaged. Beyond the physical damage, children and their families could suffer from emotional trauma. UNICEF is working to help these children regain some sense of normalcy.

You can help UNICEF by placing your order for pansies and violas today, and 100% of your payment will be a tax-deductible donation to benefit UNICEF's South Asia earthquake relief efforts.

About UNICEF

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Founded in 1946, UNICEF helps save, protect and improve the lives of children in 157 countries through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority. For more information about UNICEF or to make a donation, please visit http://www.unicefusa.org or call 1-800-4UNICEF.

About Cedar Brook Farms®

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Cedar Brook Farms®, located on the mainland of the Outer Banks North Carolina, is a mini-farm owned and operated by Steffanie Lynch. The 3-acre farm with a 1/4-acre pond abundant with local wildlife, a 100-year old pecan grove and the black, rich soil of coastal North Carolina, is being developed to grow perennials, annuals, herbs, flowering shrubs and other plants. This property includes a restored 150-year old home built in 1853 named the Blackwell-Carter House (locally known as the Midyette House), which is of an ornate Italianate Victorian design. The home is located within the Fairfield Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

How To Order/Contact Information

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For additional information about Pansies For Pakistan, use the contact e-form on the Web site at http://TractorForCharity.org/pansies or call Steffanie Lynch at (252)926-7000. Visit the UNICEF Web site at http://www.unicefusa.org/asiaquakenews to learn more about how UNICEF is helping children who survived this earthquake disaster.

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