Ork Posters to Donate 2% of All Sales to River Action and HEAL Africa.
CHICAGO, IL - November 20, 2007. In the greatest idea of 'community', Ork Posters is donating 2% of all sales to two non-profit organizations. One percent will go to River Action in honor of owner Jenny Beorkrem's late uncle, Mark Beorkrem, and one percent will be donated to HEAL Africa.
River Action is a non-profit out of Davenport, IA and was founded with a mission to build continuous riverfront trails and gain public access to the riverfront in the Quad Cities (Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline, Ill.). Mark Beorkrem, deceased uncle of owner Jenny Beorkrem, was committed to the efforts of River Action. He died suddenly on Nov. 5th, 2007, and is remembered as one of the best known environmentalists of the Quad-Cities and surrounding areas over at least the past 20 years. He was recognized on Nov. 7th by Senator Russ Feingold on the floor of the 110th U.S. Congress,
"Mark recently passed away, but his 20 years of advocacy on behalf of the Mississippi River and reforming the Corps of Engineers will have profound and lasting effects on the health and vitality of the Mississippi and rivers across the country. Most recently, Mark played a pivotal role in ensuring the
inclusion of a comprehensive ecosystem restoration component in the Corps' Mississippi River lock expansion project. He also provided leadership within the national Corps Reform Network, as well as the Sierra Club, sharing his knowledge and passion for environmental protection and restoration. The Mississippi and many of our Nation's rivers and wetlands are better off thanks to Mark's tireless efforts.
We should be guided by his example."
- Congressional Record of the 110th Congress, (www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord)
Ork Posters is extremely proud to recognize the selflessness and heroism of the work of Mark Beorkrem by making a once a year donation to River Action based on 1% of all sales for that year.
Ork also wishes to recognize and support the noble work of HEAL Africa. HEAL's story is appropriately told in a recent PBS documentary entitled "Lumo."
"'Lumo' is an intimate look into a woman's tragedy and healing process, and, by extension, into the scourge of rape that marks the war-torn politics of central Africa. "Lumo" is also the story of a remarkable African hospital [HEAL Africa] that works tirelessly to restore the physical and mental health of women suffering in an epidemic of fistula caused by rape. The hospital's self-called 'Mamas,' African women who work tirelessly as healers, even flout traditional prejudice and government policy by leading a march in defense of women's human rights."
- PBS website (www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/lumo/about.html)
Since 1992, Central Africa has been torn apart by a war in which over four million people have lost their lives. HEAL Africa is called upon to deal with the physical, psychological and emotional consequences of this war. Ork humbly supports the amazing assistance HEAL Africa workers offer the women of Central Africa affected by these horrific tragedies and greatly encourages all to learn more about Lumo's story and the happenings of DR Congo by viewing the documentary at www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/lumo. It truly touches one's heart.
Ork believes one person typically cannot create great change, but the efforts of many people making a difference in perhaps a seemingly insignificant way will do more than anyone could imagine. It is because of this belief that Ork commends and encourages all efforts to help the world become just a little bit better. Spread the word.###
For more information:
'Lumo' on PBS