Save A Mother Launches an Online Comedy Fundraiser to raise $80,000

Anish Shah
Anish Shah

New York, NY, September 27, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Save A Mother and Comedian Anish Shah, launched the No Laughing Matter fundraising initiative to raise $100,000 in support of their maternal mortality reduction program. No Laughing Matter initiative comprised of a 3 city comedy tour followed by the launch of a 1 hour comedy special by Anish Shah. The 3 city comedy tour was a roaring success with SOLD OUT shows in LA, Chicago and New York.  Comedians and Celebrities took centerstage at the Laugh Factory in Chicago on Mother’s Day and the Laugh Factory in LA on India’s Independence Day and culminated the tour at Carolines on Broadway in New York City.

Melanie Kannokada
Melanie Kannokada

Outsourced Actor Parvesh Cheena, Nurse Jackie Actor Arjun Gupta, CNN Anchor Joya Dass, Actor/Model Melanie Kannokada were just a few of the celebrities that tried stand up for the first time alongside established comedians Anish Shah, Rajiv Satyal, Azhar Usman, Nimesh Patel and many others. The 3 city comedy tour helped raise $20,000 for the No Laughing Matter fundraising initiative.

Following the grand success of the No Laughing Matter comedy tour, Save A Mother launched an online special on September 26th, which features nearly an hour of Anish Shah’s onstage comedy act. The special will be available for people to watch for a suggested donation price. Save A Mother aims to raise an additional $80,000 from the special alone.  You can watch it and donate on www.saveamother.org. The No Laughing Matter fundraising initiative will end on November 13th in honor of India’s biggest holiday, Diwali.

“I am incredibly honored to donate my time and talent to Save A Mother and raise funds for this wonderful cause. I hope others enjoy our Online Special and make it a huge success by sharing it with friends and family and helping us reach our goals for the organization.” says Anish Shah.

Save A Mother, a nonprofit organization that provides an aggressive health literacy program trains volunteer village health activists to educate, empower and connect pregnant women to public health systems in India. The organization is supported by philanthropist and actors Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher.

Since 2008, Save A Mother has worked in approximately 1000 villages in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where maternal and child deaths are amongst the highest in the world. Volunteer village health activists take responsibility for their communities, educating, empowering and connecting pregnant women to public health systems.  Save a Mother field workers have helped reduce maternal deaths by 91% and neonatal deaths by 57% in less than 3 years and achieved this at the cost of $100 per village per year.  This program is now being replicated by other NGOs in 50 districts of Uttar Pradesh with funds from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF.

Please visit www.saveamother.org for more information on the comedy tour, the online comedy special, and to learn more about the Maternal Mortality reduction program.

Azhar Usman
Azhar Usman

Save A Mother is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the U.S.A. and 80 G Non-Profit Foundation in India. Dedicated volunteers, who are passionate about the cause, donate their time and professional expertise to run the organization. As of May 2012, the only salaried employees are 11 health care workers in the field.  Save a Mother’s mission is to develop health care solutions for the poor, with maternal mortality reduction as a first step.

Parvesh Cheena
Parvesh Cheena

3 years ago Anish Shah was a Yale MBA who had spent the past 5 years working his way up the ladder at venerable consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. Shortly thereafter, he wandered into a comedy club open mic to try comedy on a whim. This set off a whirlwind of events that has culminated in Anish performing around the world, on many of its most famed stages, and walking away from his corporate career to focus full-time on comedy. He is spending 2012 raising money for charity through stand-up.


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