Update from one of the organisers, Chris Galea of TBWA: Hi everyone...as one of the organisers behind this, can I first of all thank you for your support. Hugely welcome, greatly appreciated...please, please spread the word to all your friends, contacts and more.
Secondly, to the question of legitimacy. This campaign is 100% legit. it has been tabled as part of the testimony given to the US Senate on this issue. The people behind it include the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography...this embraces people like Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Bank of America, Standard Charteerd Bank...and many more. Big, global brands.
It is also a truly global campaign. In addition to the 700,000+ candles, we have over 2.5million page impressions registered, the TV commercial has run on BBC, CNN, MTV, Star and more. The print work has run in The Economist, Time, Fortune...all of this has been proivided by those media channels free of charge - they share your views on this disgusting trade.
Finally, the counter. We have been hit a couple of times by hackers trying to bring the site down...which to me means we are making an impact if the evil people that carry out this trade are now starting to worry about us. They have tried to jam the site, they have tried to bring our server down and now it appears they are trying to 'rig' the counter.
But be assured, whatever the on screen counter says, we have a back up system on the server and every single candle lit is registered. Again, please be asssured this is legitimate. And again, please spread the word as far and wide as you can.
Thank you all for your support so far!!
Go and light a candle at lightamillioncandles.com, which has been set up to petition against child pornography. They have about 700,000 candles lit so far, and they are aiming for at least a million by 31st Drecember 2006, so go and lend your support.