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CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT: THE PIXEL PROJECT LAUNCHES THE “100 FOR 100” DONOR PROGRAM

reveal-100-for100-slide_FINAL221 JULY 2014 (WORLDWIDE): In an effort to engage small-to-medium independent businesses in the fight to end violence against women, The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net) has launched the “100 For 100” donor program (http://is.gd/100For100) in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign (http://reveal.thepixelproject.net) which aims to raise US$1 million to support The Pixel Project and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (www.ncadv.org).

The “100 For 100” donor program, which will run from 21 July – 31 August, 2014, is a simple and affordable way for small-to-medium independent businesses to support the fight against Violence Against Women (VAW) by making a single US$100 online donation to the Pixel Reveal campaign, which rallies the global audience to donate US$1 per pixel to unveil an online million-pixel mystery collage of world-exclusive celebrity male role model portraits. Each US$100 donation will reveal 100 pixels. As more pixels are revealed, the cover picture will fade out to uncover the portraits underneath it. When a celebrity male role model is fully revealed, an exclusive anti-VAW public service announcement from him will be launched to help trigger conversations about VAW, and inspire men and boys to take action to stop VAW. The distinguished line-up includes a Nobel Laureate, a two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, and a world-renown environmentalist.

“When people think about companies who donate to causes, they usually think of major corporations making huge donations,” said Regina Yau, founder and president of The Pixel Project. “The 100 For 100 donor program was created because we believe that small-to-medium independent businesses can be powerful grassroots advocates for spreading the message about stopping VAW because they are frequently run by women or families, and play a vital role in the well-being of their local communities. We hope they will participate in “100 For 100” to help us and NCADV keep our anti-Violence Against Women campaigns and programs running while also sending an inspiring message to their communities that Violence Against Women must end.”

Participating businesses will enjoy a special “100 For 100 Donor Privilege Package” which doubles as tools for them to help spread the word about stopping VAW. This package includes: The “100 For 100″ donor logo gallery on the Pixel Reveal campaign website where visitors can click on each logo to be taken to the donor’s business website; A Pinterest “100 For 100″ logo gallery featuring “100 For 100″ donor logos; a special badge that “100 For 100” donors can embed on their website; a weekly blog announcement featuring the logo and bios of all “100 For 100″ donors for that week, which will be shared with The Pixel Project’s Facebook and Twitter supporters as well as NCADV’s Facebook page; a special “100 For 100″ testimonial page featuring participants’ supporting quotes together with their founder/CEO’s head shot; and a short 3-question written interview about why they support ending VAW, which will be published as part of the special “100 For 100” interview series starting in October 2014 (Domestic Violence Awareness Month). Through this package, “100 For 100” donors could reach a potential new audience comprising The Pixel Project’s active 35,000-strong online social media community as well as NCADV’s 65,000-strong Facebook page.

More information about how businesses can become “100 For 100” donors can be found by visiting: http://is.gd/100For100. “100 For 100” donations should be made directly via http://www.razoo.com/story/The-100-For-100-Campaign. Participating business will receive an e-receipt (tax-exempt for U.S.-based businesses) via email as well as a separate email with a unique link showing them the pixels they have helped to reveal.

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For further information about “100 For 100″:

For further information about the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign visit: http://reveal.thepixelproject.net

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About The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)

The Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women using  a combination of social media, new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts. Their flagship initiative is the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to turbo-charge global awareness about VAW using social media while raising US$1 million by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel. The US$1 million will be used by The Pixel Project and NCADV to strengthen efforts to end VAW. 

The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Laura Berman

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our sixteenth featured artiste is Laura Berman. Originally hailing from the NYC music scene, Laura tours extensively nationwide and has reached acclaim for her soul-touching vocal power and accessible yet poetic songwriting style. Laura has been compared to the likes of Carole King, Sara Bareilles and the legendary Janis Joplin, and has performed alongside best-selling authors Neale Donald Walsch and Marianne Williamson as well as at the renowned Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. While in NYC, Laura was a session singer as well as a touring singer/songwriter, and was a featured vocalist in the children’s feature film release, “Clifford’s Really Big Movie” and accompanying Soundtrack. Now residing in Portland, Oregon, Laura has just released her 4th CD, “Everything in Between” and will be touring in 2014 in support of its release. Follow Laura on Facebook or Twitter.  

Laura contributed her song, “Voices” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Laura Berman

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I was so inspired by the work of The Pixel Project; not only does the organisation have the vision and passion for change, but they have the leadership and tools to educate and inspire in a big way. And I wanted to be part of changing the way people think in this big way.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I believe that violence is present so it may heal; when it’s healed in the hands of the perpetrator, it’s healed in the world and the cycle of violence is broken. When we can all agree that violence against women is violence against the heart of humanity, and since we are all part of that heart and it is an act against all, then we can agree that this violence is no longer tolerated.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music provides a level of inspiration that reaches inside a person – the vibration shifts us, the lyrics give our minds a new perspective to ponder, the notes move our hearts to new and different levels. Music compels us and when we’re compelled, we move to change our lives, and the lives of others. We’re moved to grow through the power of music…and through this, music helps in ending violence against women because it empowers from the deepest core.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

As an artist, and a person, I know that my work starts with me. So I can look at how I’ve been affected by violence against women, and can move through the introspection and reflection, into creating music and song, which will then inspire others to take a stand as well.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Kevin Mileski

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our fifteenth featured artiste is Kevin Mileski. Kevin is a singer-songwriter currently residing near Chicago, Illinois. With five full-length albums, eight major compilations, and over a thousand live performances, he has made a name for himself throughout the US and Europe. Kevin has performed at some of the nation’s greatest acoustic venues and has licensed many of his compositions to major recording artists and television. He is currently working on his next album to be released late 2014. He is honoured to be a part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels campaign and “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.

Kevin contributed his song, “Where’s Your Conviction” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Kevin Mileski

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I was approached with the 30/30/30 project and thought it to be wonderful. I’m rarely asked to be a part of something for which I believe in so whole-heartedly. This is one of those causes. I’ve seen enough violence to ALL and find myself specifically disturbed by the violence towards women and children.  This is something I could do that had the potential to actually help.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I wish it didn’t exist.  I wish it was never a thought for resolution of anything; but it does exist and there are people who believe this is how you “fix” a problem. When I was younger, my mom was dating a man who obviously hit her. Although she never admitted it, I knew this to be the case. It’s important to me to know that, if a woman as strong as my mom couldn’t admit it was happening, what is happening to other women who aren’t as strong? It’s scary. It starts a cycle of violence that never ends and I refuse to sit back and watch it happen.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music’s power is stronger than we know. It has the power to help people come together. It helps people relate.  Particularly in the case of an artist who has taken a risk in writing a tough topic, you’ll see the supporters of music come together. Music is poetry and as such, a wonderful outlet. Although the definition of music is different for individual people, the affect and effect are very much the same.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

We have the power of the microphone.  We have the power of the ability to make people listen. We have the power to stop the sound, stop the singing, start the sound, start the singing.  We have the unique ability to make ourselves characters – characters who people can relate to. We are the sounding board and the relationship that can show people how ridiculous and unnecessary this violence is. We can take a picture of you and show you what you look like. You just hear it instead.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Jana Stanfield

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our fourteenth featured artiste is Jana Stanfield. You’ve heard Jana Stanfield’s music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, the movie “8 Seconds”, and radio stations across the US. Her compositions are sung by Reba McEntire, Andy Williams and others, and Jana has shared stages with fellow performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks. Known as “The Queen of Heavy Mental,” Jana describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to.” For the past 15 years, Jana has made her living as a Keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events. She is a charter member of the international Positive Music Association which promotes Positive music artists and Positive music as a distinct genre of music. To learn more about Jana, follow her on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.

Jana contributed her song, “Every Awesome Woman” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here. ——————————————————————————————————————–

Jana Stanfield

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

As a singer-songwriter I’m grateful to have a way to speak to many people at once, through the music. If music is well-written, it can deliver a message that enlightens people in a compelling way without being preachy. That is always my goal.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending violence is important to me because I don’t believe than any human being should be intentionally harmed. I believe people should be respected and cared for, not injured until they submit to another person’s will.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music has the power to influence people’s opinions, the way that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. We know that phrase because it is in a song that many children learn. When we learn messages in song, the messages stick, and they last a long time, and it’s time that we use all the means we have to educate people that it’s time to end violence against women.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

At one time, people thought it was okay to beat their children in front of others, as though that was normal. It is no longer normal, and the same goes for violence against women. It is not normal, and not tolerable before the eyes of others, or behind closed doors. As more and more of us speak up, and share messages in our songs that empower women, it will become more and more abnormal to find out that violence toward women is still happening. I look forward to that day.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 30: Stanley Diamond, 80, Canada

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our thirtieth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Stanley Diamond from Canada.

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The Dad Bio

Stanley Diamond is a lecturer, author, and subject of articles on entrepreneurial activity and international marketing. He is the founder of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, founder and executive director of Jewish Records Indexing – Poland, and the creator of the research project on Beta-Thalassemia genetic trait in Ashkenazi Jewish families. Stanley is also a consultant on the television series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Finding Your Past,” and was featured in an episode of the documentary series “Past Lives” on Global TV Canada. In 1984, Stanley won the Canada Export Award and in 2002, he received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement award. Stanley married Ruth Mirjam Peerlkamp in 1965 and has three daughters and four grandchildren.

DSCF1600 - Copy - Copy1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

At the end of the day, it is about being proud of your children at every stage of their lives and having the satisfaction that they reflect the values that you and your wife have instilled in them. It is also about being able to see that that they are caring citizens, have chosen friends wisely, and are loving and considerate individuals who, in turn, have brought up children that reflect upon themselves and their parents.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My father and I were never “buddies” or had a “man-to-man” talk about any aspect of male/female relationships. Although I came to realize that he could not bring himself to provide guidance when it involved girls/women or how to treat them, he was always courteous with women and in this way, he did have an influence.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

It is the responsibility of all fathers, teachers, and males in authority in general to show their opposition to violence against women through words and deeds. Lists of ways of how to stop violence against women are all well and good but, in the end, it’s no more complicated than teaching your sons to obey the golden rule of treating women with respect, asking yourself if the behaviour you see meets that basic standard, and the importance of speaking up and speaking out if it doesn’t.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 29: Alex Trainer, 47, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty ninth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Alex Trainer from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Alex is the proud father of a 16 year old daughter, Christel, and proud husband to his wife of 12 years. He believes the success to their marriage is due to the fact that Jesus Christ is the sovereign in their relationship, that He constructed it and sustains it. He believes that following Christ’s example of treating women without judgment (John 8:11), with love (Ephesians 5:25), and with gentleness is the best way to impact his daughter’s life.

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The best thing about being a dad is being able to teach my daughter the knowledge that I have learned, and knowing that I had a role in showing her how to expect to be treated by a man. My daughter will know that she is to be treated with dignity and respect, as well as what is right and wrong.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My father was a college professor – introverted and shy, and a gentleman. I never heard him speak an unkind word to my mom or berate her. Instead, I saw a man who took the time to explain to her things she didn’t understand about American culture, which was important as she was a German immigrant. Though my father experienced much pain in his life, he never lashed out, put down, or threatened anyone when he was frustrated.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

One of the underlying causes of violence towards women is the lack of moral male leadership in the world. Many sons do not have men in their lives that they can actively listen to about how to encourage and support the women in their lives. Positive male role models for boys make solid, moral male men in the future – men who treat women with equality, respect, and dignity.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 28: Andrew Smiler, 45, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty eighth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Andrew Smiler from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Andrew Smiler, PhD is a therapist, evaluator, author, and speaker residing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (USA). He is the author of Challenging Casanova: Beyond the stereotype of promiscuous young male sexuality and co-author, with Chris Kilmartin, of The Masculine Self (5th edition). He is a past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and has taught at Wake Forest University and SUNY Oswego. Dr. Smiler’s research focuses on definitions of masculinity. He also studies normative aspects of sexual development, such as age and perception of first kiss, first “serious” relationship, and first intercourse among 15-25 year olds.

20120410smiler69871. What is the best thing about being a dad?

The best thing about being a dad is when my daughter gives me a hug, kiss, or cuddle without being asked to do so. Whatever else is going on, that always makes me feel good and smile.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My stepfather treated everyone, female or male, with respect. He was humble, never argued with my mother in front of me, and was good to her. As far as I could tell, my stepfather always kept his word, unlike my biological father. I try to treat people the same way my stepfather did.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

One way is to raise boys with the notion that girls are their equals, that boys should help everyone, and that boys need to stand up to other boys who belittle girls. Another way is not to use girls or femininity as a putdown or punishment; insulting a boy by telling him he “throws like a girl” teaches boys that girls are fundamentally different from and less than boys. If they hear that repeatedly, it can become the basis of their understanding of girls and women.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 27: Glenn Jones, 49, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty seventh “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Glenn Jones from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Glenn has worked in the A/C business for about 17 years as a Supervising Lead Installer. Though he does not have any hobbies, he enjoys being with his family every spare moment that he gets. He is the father of a 14-year-old son, named after him, and a 17-year-old up-and-coming artist named ToRi-LyNN who is one of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels artistes.

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1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

Everything is the best thing about being a dad! I had always wanted a family, even before I ever had one. I find it to be the most fulfilling experience of my life and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My father, God rest his soul, always treated my mother and sister with a lot of love and respect. Those values and qualities always stuck with me. I thank my father for being a great role model and teaching me to be the man I am today.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

I feel this can only happen by everyone joining together and taking a strong stand in preventing violence against women from happening. I feel that males especially need to fight for this cause because it sets a good example for our men of the future to follow suit. For example, my daughter is working hard on building her music career and I am 100% supportive of her. I show her that I respect her opinions and ambitions, and that I want her and her younger brother to know that it is normal and right to expect any man to do the same.

Editor: Check out ToRI-LyNN’s latest anti-Violence Against Women music video for The Pixel Project:

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 26: Lee Keyes, Over 21, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty sixth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Lee Keyes from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Lee works at a major university as a psychologist, helping students and communities address mental health issues, including all forms of violence. He has been married for 29 years and have two adult children, whom he loves dearly.

Me & Kids

1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

Seeing my children become who they are, and their journey in giving their gifts to the world. I have tried to share the wisdom that I’ve accumulated about life by how I interact with the world in healthy ways. I enjoy teaching them to stand up for themselves, what they believe in, what is right as best as they know it, and to be respectful and honourable people. I like seeing them be their own, independent people, but also seeking support when that is needed.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

It was my mother who influenced me in seeing women and girls as equals. My father gave me an appreciation for our family history and our Scots-Irish cultural roots and I have tried to pass that on, but it was my mother who raised me to take care of myself and to focus on what I believe. Because she insisted on being treated fairly, I came to know that girls and women want the same, and I have tried to live up to that.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

Fathers and other male role models need to lead by example and reinforce the need for being responsible and accountable, even in situations of peer pressure. Because our evolution has primed our brains for certain negative behaviour, I know that boys need a lot of attention, monitoring, and reinforcement when they do the right thing and treat others with respect, even when they may not receive it themselves. It takes courage to speak up about wrongful treatment; men must nurture and promote those choices when they see them.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 25: Randy Gregorcyk, 42, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty fifth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Randy Gregorcyk from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Randy is a working professional in the property management and safety industry. He is actively involved in a men’s soccer team, politically supports his community through various boards, and was recently a City Councilman. Randy and his wife adopted their daughter the day she was born. As the father of one daughter after painstakingly seeking a natural birth, he is thrilled to be a father with a great journey of leadership, love, and compassion through Christ ahead of him.

Randy and Emsley Pic1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

Experiencing unconditional love from my daughter is the best part of being a dad. At two and a half years old, I have already, and will continue, to experience a bond that only a father and daughter can have. Her blessing, love, and laughter has improved the world we live in and, to the end, I strive to equip her to be a contributor to our society.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

As a son, my father raised me to love, respect, and admire my mother. Because of this, my admiration and respect for women became key as a young adult and, more importantly, as a future husband. My wife could see the love that my father had for my mother and she later told me that part of her love for me was seeing those same characteristics in me. My father continues to influence my actions as a new father to Emsley and I am happy that I paid attention and can be an active father to her.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

Whether through church activities, school gatherings, or other community outreach options, we must lead by example and take interest in their lives. By partaking in positive community activities with our sons and daughters, we have the opportunity to surround them with positive role models and show them the positive characteristics that we hope to instil in them for the future.