New Hampshire Volunteer, Michael Castaldo, to Accept Global Award on behalf of ONE
Castaldo to attend ‘Commitment to Development Award’ ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Dover, NH —New Hampshire resident, former marine and tireless advocate Michael Castaldo has been selected by the global anti-poverty group ONE to help accept a national award in Washington, D.C. this month.
ONE is being awarded the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) 2008 “Commitment to Development Award.” ONE won the award for raising awareness and securing concrete commitments from the 2008 presidential candidates on combating global poverty and diseases like AIDS and malaria.
The award, granted annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization from the developed world that has made a significant contribution to changing attitudes and policies toward the developing world. Former winners include then-Chancellor of the Exchequer and now U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2005) as well as former U.S. Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) (2006).
Castaldo was chosen by ONE to help accept the award for his tireless advocacy on the campaign trail, both in the run-up to the New Hampshire primary and throughout the general election. Castaldo —a father of three who served as a Marine from 1984 to 1990— crisscrossed the Granite State, clocking more than 2,000 hours and 10,000 miles to press the presidential candidates on global health and poverty issues. Always sporting his ONE t-shirt, Castaldo attended literally hundreds of town halls, rallies, forums and other campaign events to raise awareness among New Hampshire voters and the candidates alike about the proven, simple American efforts that are saving lives and putting kids in school in the developing world. Castaldo was even handed the microphone at several town hall events, some of which were broadcast on national television, to explain ONE’s issues.
“Only in New Hampshire could one person impact so many leaders and powerbrokers by simply showing up and speaking out about international life saving U.S. efforts,” said Castaldo, who met with all the major presidential candidates, as well as countless other elected officials on the campaign trail. “It was an honor to be a part of what ONE accomplished in the election for those around the world whose voices and challenges often go unnoticed. I’m thrilled to go to Washington to help accept this award with ONE that so many people in New Hampshire and across the country helped earn.”
Through its presidential outreach effort, ONE Vote ’08, ONE mobilized 2 million supporters such as Castaldo to speak directly with the presidential candidates to explain how they would improve U.S. policies that affect those living in extreme poverty.
“This award underscores how every American—no matter his or her zip code, career or political persuasion—can make a real difference in the priorities of a president. Americans of all stripes tracked the presidential candidates at almost every coffee shop, town hall meeting, and campaign rally, winning amazing commitments from the candidates to tackle extreme poverty and global disease. We were proud to have joined with so many other organizations in doing this important work,” ONE president and CEO David Lane said. “We thank CGD for recognizing this effort to make global poverty an important part of America’s political dialogue and agenda—and we look forward to working with others in building on these accomplishments in 2009 and beyond.”
“CGD and is proud to bestow this award upon ONE for their innovative use of online tools and real-world events to raise awareness during the 2008 U.S. elections about how the United States can make it less difficult for poor people in developing countries to escape poverty,” said CGD president Nancy Birdsall.
ONE Vote ‘08 campaign is co-chaired by former U.S. Senate majority leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist (R-TN).
“ONE was ever-present on the campaign trail and has established itself as a unique and influential voice heard on Capitol Hill and across the country,” said former senator and ONE Vote ’08 co-chair Bill Frist. “ONE’s accomplishments are a testament to the building, bipartisan recognition that saving lives and alleviating global poverty is both right and smart for America.”
ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. For more information please visit: www.ONE.org