Brazil Mobilizes to Select Christ the Redeemer as One of the Seven New Wonders of the World



    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 26 /CNW/ -- New Yorkers and representatives
of the United Nations' (UN) 192 member countries can visit the "Christo
Redemptor" exhibition through June 29, which includes the "Open Arms"
documentary and photographs of Brazil's famous landmark. The exhibition,
sponsored by Bradesco Seguros e Previdencia, will take place at the UN
Exhibition Hall. The Christ the Redeemer statue, unveiled in 1931, is located
at the top of a 710-meter hill, and can be seen from any part of the city of
Rio de Janeiro.
    
    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070626/SPTU001 )
    
    Bradesco Seguros e Previdencia's initiative in support of the campaign
"Vote for Christ the Redeemer. It is a Wonder" is aimed at attracting the 30
million votes needed for the Christ the Redeemer statue to become one of the
Seven New Wonders of the World.  Besides the large Brazilian community in the
United States, the exhibition intends to make the representatives of the
United Nations' 192 member countries aware of the features of the monument
that represents Brazil in this contest. Brazil is also campaigning in Portugal
to encourage people there to vote for the monument. Voting can be done on the
Web at www.votecristo.com.br.
    Support encompasses activities by major Brazilian companies and the
government, including support from Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva. Everything is being done to acquire the 30 million votes needed for
Christ the Redeemer to be chosen one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
"There are still 10 million votes needed for Christ the Redeemer to be chosen
one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. The events we are promoting in New
York and Portugal will encourage thousands of Americans, and Portuguese and
Brazilian residents of these countries, who still have not voted for the
statue, to join this campaign, which is so important to Brazil, with less than
two weeks left to vote," said Luiz Carlos Trabuco, President of Grupo Bradesco
de Seguros e Previdencia.
    Through Unesco, the UN is supporting the vote coordinated by the Swiss
New 7 Wonders Foundation. To avoid the destruction that occurred to the first
seven wonders of the world -- of which remain only the Pyramids of Giza
(Egypt), already guaranteed a place among the Seven New Wonders of the World -
- the six new monuments chosen will receive grants from Unesco for their
permanent maintenance. The results will be announced by actor Sean Connery,
who played Secret Agent 007, at an event to be held in Lisbon (Portugal),
known as the City of the 7 Hills, on the symbolic date of 07/07/07 -- which
only happens every 100 years -- and with a soccer match featuring the best
number 7s in the world, led by Portugal's Luis Figo.

    
    Contact:
    Gilberto Severo
    Shopping de Comunicacao
    gilberto.severo@shoppingdecomunicacao.com.br,
    5521-2240-3566/7815-7092

    




For further information:

For further information: Gilberto Severo, Shopping de Comunicacao, 
+011-5521-2240-3566/7815-7092, gilberto.severo@shoppingdecomunicacao.com.br, 
for Grupo Bradesco de Seguros e Previdencia Web Site:
http://www.votecristo.com.br

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