|Thursday, 12 April 2012, 19:00 HKT|
Source: Habitat for Humanity International
|Celebrities come out in force to join 1 million volunteers building homes, awareness and support in tackling substandard housing across Asia-Pacific|
Singapore, Apr 12, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - One month from today, on 12 May, Jet Li and a host of other celebrities will join thousands of young Habitat for Humanity volunteers simultaneously building houses in China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.
In a video launched today, Jet Li explains that for him "home is a place on earth filled with love" and invites people to join him building homes in Guangdong, China, one of the Habitat Youth BUILD sites, on 12 May.
The video also features Hong Kong actor Michael Wong, Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari, Filipino actor Matteo Guidicelli, Hong Kong entrepreneur Christie Wo, and Filipino boxer turned politician Manny Pacquiao.
Hundreds of thousands of young volunteers have spent the last few months using their social and digital networks to raise funds and draw attention to the dire housing situation in Asia-Pacific. Using #habitatyouthbuild, adding the 'I am a Habitat YB supporter' badge to Facebook profiles, tweeting and posting about Habitat Youth BUILD, supporters will now be promoting this new video in a final push before the event on 12 May.
Other celebrities lending their support to the campaign are Hong Kong actor and singer-songwriter Karen Mok, Indian American actor Omi Vaidya and upcoming Thai singer Looksorn Bhandhukravi.
"Show that you care about a world where everyone has a decent place to live" says Alex Eduque, Habitat for Humanity Philippines' youth leader, in the video. "Nearly US$20,000 has been raised online already. Everything is shaping up for a truly memorable event on 12 May," adds Ariane Aliggayu, Habitat for Humanity's volunteer program manager for Asia-Pacific. "It is not too late to sign up and help us reach our target of raising enough money to build 250 homes in Asia. Post this video link on all your social network sites today and get friends and family to join our band of online supporters."
To view the video, donate, start a fundraising page, or to sign up to take part in a Habitat Youth BUILD event, or just for more information, visit habitatyouthbuild.org. Use #habitatyouthbuild to raise awareness online.
This is the first time that Habitat for Humanity has run a simultaneous build event across multiple countries in Asia-Pacific with all volunteers aged between 16 and 25 years old.
To set up interviews with any of Habitat Youth BUILD 2012's celebrity supporters, receive photography or further information, please contact Heron Holloway, +65 9068 1892 / +66 879 710 174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitat Youth BUILD events on 12 May 2012 will be taking place in:
- Shuiweidong, Conghua district, Guangdong province, China
- Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore, India
- Babakan Madang, near Sentul, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Barangay Tanza, Navotas, and Calaanan, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
- Bang Ban, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Habitat Youth BUILD 2012 video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDPR5JvzYSA
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by building and improving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. An estimated 176,000 of these families are in the Asia-Pacific region, where Habitat has been active since 1983. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org/asiapacific or follow us at facebook.com/habitat.
+65 9068 1892 / +66 879 710 174
Apr 12, 2012
Topic: Community Service
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