Made with Xara A nexus between the Peter Wingfield Fan Club and children's charities has existed since the inception of the club in 1996 with the earliest fundraising efforts supporting multiple sclerosis research.  The joy of fellowship that we have experienced has naturally led us to wish to share our fortunate means with those facing a harder road.  Perhaps this is born of an instinctual feeling that if we can improve the quality of life of the poorest children, then the future of all people might be better.   As John F. Kennedy once said, "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future". With the birth of Peter and Carolyn's son, Edan, the club's fundraising initiative was established as an entity separate from the PWFC and designated Project Edan.  With the knowledge that UNICEF, working in more than 150 countries, has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world, the Wingfield family chose this charity.  UNICEF provides children with healthcare, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and protection from exploitation, and more.  Funds raised for Project Edan were donated initially to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF's global programs for orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.  Support has since shifted to UNICEF's Believe in Zero campaign - an initiative that encompasses programs providing help for vulnerable children around the globe.      In supporting the Believe in Zero campaign, Project Edan continues to advocate passionately for UNICEF's efforts to reduce child mortality.  Recent figures released by UNICEF report that mortality rates of children under-5 who die each day from preventable causes has dropped to 22,000 - this is down from 25,500 just 4 years ago.  This means that UNICEF and its partners are making significant inroads against the gravest threats to children.  However, in many countries, these figures also show a widening gap in child mortality rates between poor children and those from well-off families.  Half of all global child deaths occur in just five countries:  India, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and Democratic Republic of Congo.  Poverty should not be a death sentence for children.  No corner of the globe is too remote for UNICEF staff to get children the basics for survival. No child - rich or poor - should die from pneumonia, diarrhea, or malnutrition in the 21st century.  These illnesses should no longer claim young lives when the vaccines, medicines and technologies readily exist to prevent and treat these illnesses.  No child should ever die for want of a 15¢ vaccine.  Yet every day, 22,000 children under the age of 5 are still dying from easily preventable causes, with some 70% of these deaths occurring in the child's first year of life.   In supporting the Believe in Zero campaign, Project Edan continues to advocate passionately for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's efforts to reduce child mortality and reach a day when the number of children who die from easily preventable causes is Zero.  Whatever it takes to save a child…. While raising money is a major part of helping UNICEF reach their goals, it is not the only way we can help.  The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.  The reason UNICEF functions so well as a charity is that it is a community of like- minded individuals tied together because of our common goals.  If we can get one other person involved, our community increases by one - it is in this way that our goals become attainable and we can change the world.  We can all make a difference.    Visit UNICEF's Believe in Zero initiative at http://www.unicefusa.org/campaigns/believe-in-zero/ for information on how you can Advocate for U.S. Government support for children and Recruit other believers in zero.  And please come back to Project Edan to donate whatever you can. Ongoing individual contributions, auctions, merchandise sales and fundraising events have totaled over $143,000 since 2003.  The Peter Wingfield Fan Club is listed as an NGO Partner on the U.S. Fund for UNICEF site.  "The idea that the more we raise, the more kids might make it through the night, through another day, through school, through a full and possibility- filled life humbles and excites me.  The Wingfield family and Project Edan have confidence that UNICEF has the skill, experience and talent to achieve their shared goals."              Peter Wingfield