SEATTLE, April 24 /CNW/ - Jones Soda Co. (the "Company" or "Jones Soda")
(NASDAQ: JSDA) (TSX VENTURE:JSD), announced today its partnership with Vitamin
Angels with a goal to save more than one million children from going blind.
Over the next year, Jones Soda Co. will be working with Vitamin Angels in
numerous ways promoting their most aggressive campaign yet, Operation 20/20;
an effort to eradicate childhood blindness due to vitamin A deficiency (VAD)
worldwide. VAD affects between 100 and 140 million children annually and of
those children up to one-half million will go blind. The true tragedy is that
one-half of these children will die within 12 months of going blind from
opportunistic infections and associated diseases.
To support this cause, Jones Soda is donating the time and financial
resources needed to provide vitamin A supplements to one million children in
developing and impoverished countries. These funds will be raised through
contributions from 24C vitamin enhanced water, the Myjones.com website, Jones
Soda under the cap program and an innovative viral marketing campaign focused
on our youth demographic.
"Saving one million children from going blind is real and very exciting
for Jones, our stakeholders and our community," Peter van Stolk, President and
CEO stated. "We are honored to work with Vitamin Angels and make this happen."
To date, Vitamin Angels has distributed over 350 million vitamins and
other supplements in 82 countries around the world. Vitamin Angles is often
referred to as the "humanitarian arm" of the natural products industry and is
the only non-profit in existence solely dedicated to providing vital nutrition
to those in need internationally and domestically.
"Jones Soda is one of the most innovative companies around. Their
contribution will be life-changing for a million at-risk children," says
Howard Schiffer, executive director of Vitamin Angels. "We are thrilled to
have their support and creative energy for Operation 20/20."
Established in 1994, Vitamin Angels is a non-profit organization that
works at the village level providing vital nutrition to children and families
in need. For more information, please visit www.VitaminAngels.org.
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products, competition from other businesses providing similar products, the
ability to maintain profitability and control expenses and the Company's
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For further information:
For further information: Jones Soda Co. Stacey Donahue, 206-624-3357
Sdonahue@jonessoda.com or ICR, Inc. Chad Jacobs, 212-753-2138