Contest To Design Art Work For LambAikens Will Bring Smiles To Special Needs Children Attending Clay Aiken Concerts

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The LambAikens project was created to give out hundreds of little plush lambs to kids with special needs through the volunteer efforts of a group of Clay Aiken fans who attend concerts throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, some of the LambAikens will be given to children who are undergoing treatment or having surgery at children's hospitals. A contest is underway to select art work designed for the LambAiken pockets.

Later this year, a group of Clay Aiken fans plan to give out hundreds of little plush lambs to children with special needs at Clay Aiken concerts throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, some of the stuffed lambs will be given to children who are undergoing treatment or having surgery at children's hospitals.

The LambAikens project was created by Steffanie Lynch, Founder of CheckOnMe.org. While reviewing items available for children in a catalog for one of her wholesale product suppliers, Ms. Lynch discovered the little plush lamb photo holders and was able to obtain hundreds of them at an enormous discount. Several of her friends, who had just returned from attending Clay Aiken Joyful Noise Tour Christmas concerts in the Carolinas, were interested in participating in giving these out to special needs kids at the next Clay Aiken concert tour. Thinking about how this could be organized, she went to bed one night and awoke with the perfect name for the adorable fluffy lambs -- LambAikens. And the project was born.

The LambAikens project is holding a contest to select up to six designs for the LambAiken pocket inserts. There is no prize given to contest winners. A panel of judges comprised of Clay Aiken fans and people with interests in special needs kids, from across the U.S. and Canada, will select the winners. Winning designs will be displayed on the Web site, along with a brief profile about the artist. The artist's name and contact information will be printed on the back of the insert as credit for the work.

From March 14 through April 7, 2006 contest entries can be submitted. Subjects of interest include, but are not limited to, the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, Clay Aiken, UNICEF, music, little girls, little boys, children undergoing treatment, children's hospitals, caregiving, special needs children, humor, and of course love.

For complete official contest rules, instructions on how to submit an entry, and bios of the judges, visit the Web site at http://LambAikens.CheckOnMe.org.

A photo of a LambAiken and additional information about the project can be obtained at the Web site. Anyone who knows of a special child who will be attending a Clay Aiken concert in 2006, can contact the project to let them know about the child by using the contact form on the Web site.

Volunteers to hand out the lambs should subscribe to the mailing list on the Web site, where anyone can download graphics and instructions to create a link, print brochures or create a t-shirt using the supplied LambAiken transfer to help get the word out about the free LambAikens and the contest.

The LambAiken project is being hosted by CheckOnMe.org (http://CheckOnMe.org ) and is completely funded by Steffanie Lynch, except for personal donations by others toward the purchase of additional lambs and costs for shipping them to volunteers in this program. There is no tax deduction for a donation, but anyone interested in helping with costs should visit the Web site at http://LambAikens.CheckOnMe.org for more information.

Disclosures: The LambAiken project, LambAiken contest, LambAiken mailing list and the LambAiken Web site are not affiliated with Clay Aiken, the Bubel/Aiken Foundation or The US Fund for UNICEF. Contest entries using logos or copyrighted material of the Bubel/Aiken Foundation or The US Fund for UNICEF will require approval by the organization prior to being used on a LambAiken.

The LambAiken project intends to provide free LambAikens to as many special needs kids as there are LambAikens available, and will actively SEEK OUT children of all or no faith to include them. LambAikens will be equally available to all special needs kids who need one, and the LambAiken project will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic. The LambAiken project does not by this non-discrimination statement disclaim any right it might otherwise have to maintain its commitment to its Christian identity or the principles of the Christian faith.

Anyone who participates in this program or who receives a LambAiken does so at their own risk. No warranties are implied.

CheckOnMe.org is a new service that is scheduled to go live during 2006. If you or a special person in your life lives alone, or if you provide care to a person with special needs, this service may help assure that someone checks on you when you are incapacitated. Rather than rely on the injured or unconscious person to initiate the request for help, this automated system is triggered if the person does not respond when the service "checks" on him or her. And best of all, the basic CheckOnMe.org service is free. For more information on this free service, visit http://CheckOnMe.org.

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