Win a trip to space and help save one million children from Measles

Tech start-up - CarrotPay is running a low-bid auction to help raise money for Lions Clubs' initiative to immunise children against Measles. The winning bidder will be bought a seat on one of Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flights into space!
 
 
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June 6, 2011 - PRLog -- CarrotPay have launched a very special ‘lowest unique bid auction’ via their new CarrotBid Facebook app in order to raise money for Lions Clubs International.  

It costs just US$1 to register a bid, 25¢ to insure that bid and 10¢ to buy statistics with 100% of the proceeds (after costs), being used to help immunise children across the globe.

When the number of bids placed hits one million the auction will be closed and the person with the lowest unique bid will be bought their very own ticket to space!

For more on how to enter check the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/triptospace


The ‘Out of this World’ Prize:

The ultimate experience of looking back at Earth from space has, until now, been reserved for a small number of highly trained astronauts or billionaires.

With the announcement by Virgin Galactic of commercial flights into space, membership of this exclusive club has opened up to those who have $200,000 for a ticket.  

CarrotPay are offering to buy the lucky winner of their auction a ticket on the next available Virgin Galactic flight!


The Cause:

Commercial flights into space are now a reality and yet every year, thousands of children in Africa die or are left blind through complications arising from contracting measles. All that is required to save these children is for them to be inoculated against measles, something that most of us take for granted.

For less than US$1, a child can be safely and effectively vaccinated against measles, making it one of the most cost-effective health interventions available.

Established in 2001, the Measles Initiative – a partnership led by the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Foundation, UNICEF and the World Health Organization – aims to reduce global measles mortality through mass vaccination campaigns and by strengthening routine immunization.

Initially focused on Africa, where the disease burden is highest, the Measles Initiative provides technical and financial support to governments, struggling to control the spread of this disease.

Four African countries have been chosen for a special Lions-Measles Initiative pilot program which is funded in part by a grant to LCIF from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funds raised through this auction will be passed to LCIF to extend this program.

With the funds raised from this campaign CarrotPay & Lions Clubs International aim to raise enough money to immunise at least one million children against Measles.

More about the Measles Initiative: http://www.measlesinitiative.org/


How do ‘Low Bid’ auctions work?

CarrotBid’s ‘Lowest Unique Bid Auction’ is a combination of auction and strategy game. You place bids as in a regular online auction like Ebay, but instead of bidding higher than another bidder, you bid the lowest amount you think nobody else will try (i.e. an un-duplicated or unique bid).

Bids are kept private so no one else knows what you have bid and you may also buy statistics which help you determine the best bids to make. A winning strategy will likely require many bids and views of the statistics but one perfect bid can win.


CarrotPay – coins for the web:

What is CarrotPay?

CarrotPay is a system that uses a digital purse (WebPurse), enabling small online payments to be made very quickly and easily - just like with cash in your pocket. As a CarrotPay user you can load cash from your credit card or bank account into your very own WebPurse, which can then be used to complete online transactions in just a few seconds with a single click or even no click at all!

Your WebPurse will even allow foreign currency payments, so no more tricky conversions or calculations – it’ll do the whole thing for you.

What can CarrotPay be used for?

It’s ideal for the little things you want straight away like video, music, news, photos and other paid-for website content without all the hassle of forms to fill in or even leaving the page.

Having a WebPurse also means you can make small charity donations online very easily – which is why CarrotPay have decided to demonstrate how easy it is with an ‘Out of this World’ charity auction!

More about CarrotPay: http://carrot.org

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