Monday, July 10, 2006

yoga for a good cause by a fellow hip tranquil chick

Join Angelyn Shapiro in this GREAT effort!
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When was the last time you spent an hour nurturing yourself, while at the same time meeting the deepest needs of people on the other side of the world?

The medical needs experienced by women and children in Mali, Africa are staggering:
Of every 100 children born in Mali, 12 will die in the first month of life.
One in four of those who survive the critical first month will die before the age of five.
33% of the children in Mali are malnourished.
The average life expectancy in Mali is 43 years.

Every one of these alarming statistics could be radically improved if simple health practices, such as hand washing, were introduced. To address these dire circumstances, I have committed to be part of the Mali Project, a comprehensive effort to build a hospital for women and children in Koutiala, a city in southeastern Mali. Reaching a population of well over 150,000 people, the Koutiala Hospital will provide specialized care for women and children—saving thousands of lives.

On Saturday, July 15, at 2:00pm you have an opportunity to support the project by participating in a charity yoga class at Tranquil Space in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle. For a suggested donation of $10 you can enjoy the benefits of a vigorous vinyasa practice and the satisfaction of knowing your generosity has made a difference in the lives of women and children across the globe.

Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to angelynshapiro@yahoo.com or calling (202) 547-0357.

At a time when our American culture says to erect walls between us and the Muslim people, the Mali Project provides an opportunity to build bridges and change lives. With so many worthy causes in need of financial support I greatly appreciate your consideration of this request.

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and support –
Angelyn Shapiro

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