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ADA Foundation and ADA 2016 audience raise $13,000 to repair Pakistan clinic; fundraising effort ongoing

October 26, 2016

By David Burger


The ADA Foundation announced that as of Oct. 25 it has raised more than $13,000 for its Shangla Clinic Project, which will repair a damaged medical and dental clinic in Shangla, Pakistan.

The Foundation's fundraiser was spurred by the keynote speech that Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai delivered Oct. 21 in Denver at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting. Shangla is Ms. Yousafzai's home province.

Immediately after Ms. Yousafzai spoke, ADA Foundation President Dr. William Calnon announced the text-to-donate campaign onstage. The Foundation provided a seed donation of $5,000 and Dr. Calnon encouraged the audience to donate $25 to the effort by texting the word "clinic" to 50555.

Within 30 minutes, the request raised enough to more than match the Foundation's gift, and within two days 263 individuals had made gifts totaling $6,575. Donations made by check or through the ADA Foundation's website brought the total of all gifts to more than $13,000 by October 25.

The opportunity to donate is still open at adafoundation.org/en/how-to-help or by mailing a check made out to the ADA Foundation and sending it to 211 E. Chicago Ave., Ste. 2100, Chicago, IL 60611-2637. Write "Shangla Clinic Project" in the memo field. You may also use the text-to-donate method. Message and data rates may apply.

All funds will be used to support reconstruction of the clinic, which was destroyed in 2010 as a result of a flash flood. The Foundation hopes  to raise at least $25,000 to support the reconstruction of the clinic.  

In tandem with this fundraiser, the ADA Foundation is making efforts to acquire equipment donations to benefit the clinic.

Ms. Yousafzai, 19, who has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education since she was 10, attracted international attention in 2012 after the then-15-year-old was shot by the Taliban in a school bus in northern Pakistan. The Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school.

Following the attack, Ms. Yousafzai made a remarkable recovery and became well enough to return to school. Now living in Birmingham, England, with her family, she continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school.

The fundraiser is consistent with the Foundation's mission, which includes improving access to care, helping communities in need because of natural disasters and an international humanitarian outreach program. For more information about the Shangla Clinic Project, and the ADA Foundation, visit ADAFoundation.org.