Campaign Goes Viral Online with Request for Donations that will be directed to School District, PTA for Building Safe Haven at Chalk Hill School for 4,700 Students
Boca Raton, FL, December 20, 2012 - Internet entrepreneur, Robert Österlund, founder of Inbox.com, and his wife have donated $10,000 as a jump start towards renovations of Chalk Hill School to provide a new school site for the Sandy Hook Elementary students following the tragic events of December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. The staff of Inbox.com is furthering this effort by creating a campaign for a viral push for more dollars on Indiegogo.com at http://igg.me/p/298826. As evidenced on the homepage of Inbox.com at www.inbox.com – Mr. Österlund is running ad campaigns across his Internet properties, no small splash as Inbox.com alone is listed as a the 63rd most trafficked site by unique visitors in the world.
“This is a great start, but so much more is needed,” stated Mr. Österlund. “We are inviting everyone to help grow this gift for the children of Newtown who deserve to have a safe place, unassociated with this tragedy, where they can continue to learn, grow and heal.”
Financial donations will go directly to modify Chalk Hill School to serve as a new school site for Sandy Hook students perhaps adding counselors for helping children and teachers to better cope with the event, providing decompression rooms to go, or offering activities that help the affected cope better. Chalk Hill was closed in 2011 and has since served the town of Monroe, Connecticut as part of its recreational department. The Inbox.com fundraising campaign is reaching out to the Sandy Hook’s School Board as well as their Elementary School PTA to direct the use of the funds.
“Should this campaign take off the way we hope it will, we have a commitment by our founder to add another $10,000 in order to create a safe haven for the world's most important assets, our children,” stated Skip Middleton, Executive Vice President of Inbox.com.
The staff of Inbox.com undertook this endeavor based on the premise that those affected need, above all, a warm, safe school environment. Children, teachers, and parents, and the first responders, need to talk through their fears, share their experiences, be heard, and feel comforted. Mr. Österlund, through his own personal experiences, understands the value of this communication, to be understood, and sheltered in a safe environment. Mr. Österlund and his wife have two school children, both girls ages 8 and 12 of their own, and the tragedy of this event is not lost on them.
“The importance of this project is far reaching, not just to these children, but children, teachers, and families across the world,” continued Mr. Österlund. “Almost everyone is reflecting on the importance of family, the sense of community, and the need for safety in our schools to protect our most valuable and innocent asset, our children. We need to use Chalk Hill, and Sandy Hook, as the model for next steps in the USA and globally, to prevent dreadful occurrences like this forever. This fundraising is not to preach about gun control or the need for security guards at our schools, it is to provide immediate solace, now, to this school, to these parents and children, to this community.”
How You Can Help
The easiest way to find the campaign is on the home page of Inbox.com – www.inbox.com where links take you to the Indiegogo hosted site at http://www.indiegogo.com/osterlundsolacedrive. The drive has already surpassed its initial $15,000 first tier goal. The desire of Mr. Österlund is to far surpass that amount in order to give the school officials the latitude to look at many options pointed towards the children’s safety and recovery. Although some may not be able to help financially, the staff at Inbox.com realizes a viral push is necessary to get the word out and is asking everyone to aid the effort by sending the share link http://igg.me/p/298826 to their friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors, and if possible, contribute. The site also has share links to Facebook®, Twitter®, and Google+SM.
“The more people know about this great effort, the more likely we’ll reach the goal,” stated Mr. Österlund. “Let’s show them we care and will stand together to assist in their time of crisis.”
About Robert Österlund
Mr. Robert Österlund is a lifelong entrepreneur and has founded a variety of successful business endeavors in the tech world as well as in global commercial real estate. Mr. Österlund and his family recently moved to Toronto, Canada. Mr. Österlund has constantly involved his companies, assets and his family in charitable works such as disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesian Tsunami, the relief effort in Haiti following the earthquake, and many other ongoing charities involving canine cancer and children’s programs in Scandinavia, the Bahamas and North America.
About Inbox.com, Inc.
Inbox.com, Inc. is a leading innovator of search technology and software applications focusing on rich, interactive experiences and safety for consumers and businesses. Inbox.com products are meticulously developed and are highly ranked by industry experts and users alike. The company is dedicated to the idea that everyone worldwide should have access to free software. Inbox.com alone is listed as a the 63rd most trafficked site by unique visitors in the world according to Compete.com by its November 2012 report. To learn more, visit www.Inbox.com.
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