The Nation’s Leading Wireless Industry Carriers Embrace a Common Cause for Children with the Amberwatch Foundation’s Amberwatch Mobile Initiative
Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless Announce Support of the AmberWatch Mobile Initiative
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 29, 2008) – Today at Qualcomm’s BREW 2008 Conference, Dr. Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, announced that leading companies in the wireless industry have committed to participate in and support the AmberWatch Mobile Initiative, a charitable effort that generates funds for the AmberWatch Foundation and its non profit partners. Wireless industry companies involved in this groundbreaking initiative include Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, along with Qualcomm and WaveMarket, creating an effort that will impact the welfare of our nation’s children in a very positive way.
Every 40 seconds, a child in America is reported missing and by the time they have reached the age of eighteen, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused (Source: Finkelhor, David, Hotaling, G., Lewis, I., Smith, C. “Sexual Abuse in a National Survey of Adult Men and Women: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Risk Factors.” Child Abuse and Neglect, Vol. 14, pp. 19-28, 1990). The AmberWatch Foundation is dedicated to the health and welfare of children by educating children and their parents on how to avoid potentially dangerous situations and stay safe from sexual predators. The innovative AmberWatch Mobile Initiative will provide funding to the AmberWatch Foundation and its national “Be Safe!” education programs. This funding also will aid other national AmberWatch Foundation partner charities with complimentary missions. Each carrier may develop its own program to support the AmberWatch Mobile Initiative.
“This powerful collaboration behind the AmberWatch Mobile Initiative proves that industries can join together to support missions. We are thrilled that these companies are working with us to enable us to continue providing invaluable safety education through our programs across the nation.” said AmberWatch Foundation President Joe Zerucha.
“Qualcomm’s vision for wireless has always been to put transforming products into the hands of consumers such that it helps improve their lives and redefine the way they interact with their world,” said Paul E. Jacobs, CEO, Qualcomm. “We are proud to partner with the AmberWatch Foundation and all the major operators in the United States in an effort to help keep America’s kids safe.”
For more information on the AmberWatch Mobile initiative, please visit www.AmberWatchFoundation.org.
About The AmberWatch Mobile Initiative
The AmberWatch Mobile Initiative is a charitable program of the AmberWatch Foundation and is an “Industry Integrated Charitable Initiative” designed and developed by Guttman Initiatives. Leading companies in the wireless industry have come together to generate funds through a variety of efforts including the use of LBS solutions powered by Wavemarket. AmberWatch Mobile will generate ongoing funding to support AmberWatch Foundation’s “Be Safe” educational programs and other programs of the AmberWatch Foundation’s charitable partners focused on keeping America’s children safe and healthy.
About AmberWatch Foundation
Headquartered in Irvine, California, the AmberWatch Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization passionately dedicated to keeping kids safe from molestation and abduction through preventative education programs. At the core of their mission is the AmberWatch Foundation’s “Be Safe!” Education Program, that educates children (and parents) on how to stay safe from child abductors and molesters. The AmberWatch Foundation partners with local law enforcement and educators to deliver the program at no cost to the school, municipality or local community. For more information, please visit www.AmberWatchFoundation.org.
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