Project Edan™ is the charity of the official Peter Wingfield Fan Club. All content and images (except where noted) on this Web site are copyright © 1995-2010 PWFC. No permission is granted to post photos or information to any other Web site or blog without written permission from Project Edan. Project Edan Corner It was wonderful seeing all of you who were able to join us in Portland for our first Road Trip since Peter made the decision to return to medical school.  I think we can all agree that he looks 'dashing' in his white coat.   A beautiful city, a great hotel, and good friends all made for a fun weekend.  I know our guests had a wonderful time - Edan sure has grown since the last time we saw him in San Antonio.  It was also a good weekend for Project Edan.  Thanks to all the hard work of Vonda and her crew we raised $750 during our Carnival Friday evening.  Great job!  Everyone had fun…Edan gave his dad a run for his money playing the balloon darts game.  Our Auction on Saturday and sales at our table raised an additional $8,920 - making the total raised for Project Edan $9,670.  I would like to join Peter in thanking everyone for your overwhelming generosity and continued support of Project Edan.  Peter was extremely touched and not a little surprised that in these tough economic times we were able to raise so much for a cause that is close to his heart. As most of you probably know, Peter and his teammates from UVM will be taking part in the New England Tough Mudder ® event being held at Mt. Snow 5 - 6 May of this year.  Tough Mudder is a 10 -12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces that tests stamina, strength and camaraderie. Tough Mudder ® has raised over $2.5 million for Wounded Warrior Project, a program that provides support to thousands of warriors returning from the battlefield.  As part of this fundraising effort, Peter auctioned off 3 custom- designed Mudder ID tags designated to support this effort - out of the auction amount raised, $1,350 will support the Wounded Warrior Project.  We sold additional ID tags in Portland totaling $450.  As Peter tweeted after the Con, the money we raised over the weekend for UNICEF could not have come at a better time.  In a recent news release from UNICEF, the food and nutrition crisis ravaging through the Sahel region directly affects over 15 million people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal.  At the present time one million children are in immediate danger of severe acute malnutrition, with the situation rapidly deteriorating.  Without immediate action, large numbers of children could die for lack of adequate nutrition.  Many more face irreversible, permanent brain damage and disability.  Coming on the heels of the threat in the Horn of Africa, this crisis is slow in gaining media support.  And like in the Horn of Africa, this is not just a food crisis.  Compounded by malnutrition and poor sanitation, the risk of communicable disease outbreaks like cholera, measles and polio is high.  Adding to the stress of long distances and reaching isolated communities, humanitarian responses may soon be challenged where they can go. Since the end of January, more than 10,000 people have crossed from Mali into Mauritania, fleeing renewed conflict between government forces and nomadic Issue 62 - 1st Quarter 2012 Tureg fighting for independence.   Analysts warn of a potential escalation of conflict as fallout of the Libyan crisis and an influx of small arms and returning migrant workers. UNICEF Photo There are many agencies working to bring help to the 15 million people affected by the crisis in the Sahel.  UNICEF is focused on the smallest, the sickest and the most gravely ill - the ones who are so malnourished they are unable to eat regular food. The children in the most remote, unreachable areas. These children require specialized therapeutic food designed to stabilize and nourish them.  Severe drought has hit the Sahel 3 times in 8 years. Children there need us. It only costs $100 to save a child in the Sahel from severe acute malnutrition. All donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated.  $10 can provide 321 sachets of Multiple Micronutrient Powder containing essential vitamins to give a powerful boost to infant survival and development.   Working together we continue to make a difference! Bev Shihara Project Edan Coordinator