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“Tibetan Freedom Movement” Could be the most Popular Cause on Facebook

February 1, 2008

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Tibetan Freedom Movement is neck-in-neck for the title of the most
popular Cause on the social networking website, Facebook, and is poised
to win the grand prize of $50,000. For the last month and a half, the
Movement has been competing in the Facebook and Case Foundation's online
fundraising competition, the Giving Challenge.

"We've already won eight daily challenges, where we had the most donors
in one day. We've also been the leading Cause at several points during
the competition," said Tenzin Choedon, Program Coordinator with Students
for a Free Tibet India. "There has been such a huge outpouring of
support that we feel we can win this if people continue to donate."

The Tibetan Freedom Movement was set up by Students for a Free Tibet
(SFT) to raise awareness about the Tibetan cause on Facebook. Its
membership has grown quickly, especially since the beginning of the
Giving Challenge in December. It now has over 3,600 members and has
raised nearly $46,000. SFT plans on using the money raised through the
Challenge on their Olympics campaign in the upcoming months.

However, the Tibetan Freedom Movement is up against tough competition.
The current first place Cause is Love Without Boundaries Foundation, a
group that provides assistance to Chinese orphans. In past days, SFT
members have discovered a blog where a Chinese person has appealed to
their fellow countrymen and women to support Love Without Boundaries, in
order to prevent what they call the "Tibetan Independence Movement" from

"This should be a rallying cry for us Tibetans. Do we really want to be
defeated by the Chinese?" said Tenzin Choeying, National Coordinator of
SFT India. "We were first place a couple days ago, we can do it again."

The Giving Challenge winner will be announced on Facebook by February
2nd. Anyone with a Facebook account can donate to the Tibetan Freedom
Movement through the 'Causes’ application.

Submitted by Jessica Spanton;
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