Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) April 12, 2007
Maybe down the line in some other day and age, future generations might be shocked to find out that whole populations in the 21st century were not aware of their own human rights - or for that matter, what human rights even were. A national direct mail marketer, PostcardMania, committed to change that fact by donating the design and printing of 10,000 direct mail postcards to promote the Youth for Human Rights International's Walk-a-thon that was recently held on Saturday, April 7, 2007 in Straub Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. The family event, attended by approximately 500 people, helped to educate the citizens of the Tampa Bay area on their human rights.
The celebration included a walk-a-thon, interfaith speakers, modern dance, gospel music, inspirational dancers, kids' activities tables, food and more. Tables representing different groups including the St Petersburg Bahai Group, the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights as well as the Youth for Human Rights were present answering questions. There were speakers from the Glorious Church of Christ in God, the Church of Scientology Tampa, the Nation of Islam and the St. Petersburg Islamic Center.
Wikipedia defines Human rights as universal rights of human beings regardless of jurisdiction or other factors, such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sex. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- the foundation of our modern human rights movement -- was written in 1948 by Eleanor Roosevelt. This was after the tragic loss of 50 million lives in World War II. Despite its relevance today, a survey taken for the Declaration's 50th anniversary found that 92% of those polled had never heard of it.
Joy Gendusa, CEO of PostcardMania, created a pro bono division within her postcard marketing firm to help non-profit organizations who were dedicated to helping mankind and the world become a better place. The Human Rights Walk-a-thon, whose purpose was to educate all people in Basic Human Rights as set forth in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was right in line with her own purpose.
"Through education we can help unite people in making these rights a reality," said Gendusa.
The proceeds from the Human Rights Walk-a-thon will go towards furthering unification and education for human rights by supporting such groups as Youth for Human Rights and the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
Hailed as one of the 500 fastest growing privately-held companies in the USA by Inc. Magazine, PostcardMania was founded by Joy Gendusa in 1998, her only assets a computer and a phone. Today they are on a $15 million-dollar-revenue run rate and employ over 135 people. PostcardMania was the first full-service postcard direct-mail marketing company to market to general businesses nation-wide and help them expand through the use of direct mail marketing techniques. Their services include graphic design, printing, highly-targeted mailing list acquisition and mailing services with FREE marketing advice. Visit their web site at http://www.postcardmania.com
About Youth for Human Rights International:
Youth for Human Rights International is a program of the International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance, an independent non-profit corporation headquartered in Los Angeles. It was formed in 2001 by an educator from South Africa in coordination with the Church of Scientology Human Rights Department. Its purpose is to educate people in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so they become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. The organization holds events and produces instructional tools to raise human rights awareness. Most recently, they released a series of 30 audiovisual public service announcements, one for each article of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Released in late 2005, the PSAs have been screened to more than 130 million people. For more information visit http://www.humanrightswalkathon.org. To learn more about the organization Youth for Human Rights International, visit http://www.youthforhumanrights.org.