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October 10th, 2011 by Janelle | Industry News, Model News
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For people with albinism the world can often be a difficult place, but in rural Tanzania the dangers are a matter of life and death. In recent years numerous albinos have been killed or mutilated by criminals attempting to sell their body parts on the black market. Model and activist Simon Tham, along with Assisting Children in Need Vice President Melissa Klein, recruited models Stephen Thompson and Diandra Forrest to raise awareness about this continuing problem. Watch their video and find out more about the upcoming ACN fundraiser this Thursday to raise money for the Tanzania Albino Society.

Over 60 albinos in Tanzania have been reported murdered for their limbs that have been ground and mixed with tribal medicine and sold by witch doctors as good luck charms. Others have disappeared or have been mutilated.

Assisting Children in Need (ACN) is a non-profit organization with projects around the world that focuses on the individual, abandoned child who might be forgotten or ignored without positive intervention.

ACN was asked by the Kilimanjaro branch of the Tanzania Albino Society (K-TAS) to assist them to develop a strategy to address the discrimination leveled against albinos in the region. In response, ACN has renovated and donated a building to K-TAS to function as their headquarters and a dormitory for abandoned albino youth. The proceeds from the evening will contribute towards these ACN efforts as well as school tuition, vocational training costs, and skin cancer screening clinics.

The evening will feature a raffle, open bar from 6:30 – 8:30pm, live music and photography exhibit by Simon Tham. We would love for you to join us in support of this cause on Thursday, October 13.

Thank you,

Assisting Children in Need

The Tanzania Project

Thursday, October 13
6:30pm- 8:30pm open bar
Dune Studios, 121 Varick between Dominick and Broome

$25 advance admission includes 1 raffle ticket
(Grand prizes include 7 nights for 2 at an estate in Tuscany, Italy
and 2 nights at Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, NY)

Purchase tickets and make donations at: thetanzaniaproject.eventbrite.com

To find out more about Assisting Children in Need’s other projects around the world, go to their website.

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  1. Barrio Dimitri says:

    Diandra is so beautiful!


  2. stace says:

    Who’s that (gorgeous) girl?
    I’m immediately enamored!

  3. Yasmine says:

    Wow thats scary. Needs to be stopped. On a lighter note She is beautiful!

  4. Not on the guest list says:

    I think albinos are beautiful, there is something about them which is very appealing to me.

  5. helenapowlowski says:

    Diandra is stunning! Keeping an eye on her :D

  6. Bruce Edwin says:

    terrible and shocking…it should also be noted, so further hatred and prejudices do not occur, what is occurring is not due to any religious or spiritual belief, as most of the Fon / African religions have nothing to do with murder or inflicting ones will over another…rather, this is based on ignorance and insanity within the guise and realm of a certain group

  7. Gogo says:

    Both sound soo intelligent it’s not even funny.

  8. adrianito says:

    this is nice, I love this cause and I also think albinos are really beautiful

  9. Ryo Stylin says:

    Diandra should be bigger than she is. I hope with this MDC exposure she gets more visibility. Great cause too.

  10. simplylovely says:

    I hope that this cause gets bigger because that is insanity!

    Diandra & the male model are really going to bring more shine to this very important topic, I pray for the best results.

    …On another note I think Diandra alone needs more promoting because she really has that supermodel quality, if people in the industry just open their eyes & think outside of the typical fashion box.

  11. BryanC says:

    The guy is stunning too. Absolutely beautiful. I have seen many of his pictures, he is so sexy.

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