May 02, 2012 09:00 ET

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Gains Global Support Through Social Video Fundraiser

Mission Possible Charity Receives Funds from Around the World With Click of A Mouse

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - BroadbandTV, the largest online video aggregator in Canada, today announced the launch of a social video fundraiser that will solicit global support for a local cause. VISO, BroadbandTV's consumer channel, has put a call out to its network of 5,000 video creators from around the world to tell the story of Mission Possible, a local charity that helps residents in one of Canada's poorest postal codes find jobs.

The winning entry will be featured on VISO Give (, BroadbandTV's non-profit channel, which uses a unique "Watch and Give" model to donate 100 percent of its collected ad revenues from cause-based videos back to its partnered charities. This means the more views the video gets, the more money Mission Possible will receive, even after the contest is over.

"It used to be if you felt passionate about a cause you would reach out to your family, friends and immediate community for support," said Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of BroadbandTV, parent company of the VISO network. "Now, we have the tools to summon the entire world not only to care about your cause, but to transform compassion into monetary donations simply by watching videos online."

VISO paid millions of dollars to its network of video creators last year. Rafati said VISO partnered with Mission Possible for its first social fundraiser because the charity's mandate to create meaningful employment aligns with VISO's own.

"Poverty and homelessness aren't isolated to one zip code," said Jenn Dagg, director of Communications and Development for Mission Possible. "We're very excited for this opportunity to have our story shared with a global audience and to communicate the importance of restoring dignity through meaningful job creation across the world."

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About VISO

VISO is BroadbandTV's consumer brand and one of the world's largest online entertainment networks. VISO's mandate is to create jobs for people that are truly passionate about content creation. VISO inspires its growing network of thousands of video creators by helping them earn money for their craft. Every month VISO receives hundreds of millions of impressions across its gaming, music, health, entertainment and charity channels.

Fast Company named Shahrzad Rafati, the founder of VISO's parent company, BroadbandTV, one of the 100 most Creative People in the World. For more information visit:

About Mission Possible

Mission Possible is a humanitarian agency that transforms lives by helping those challenged by homelessness and poverty achieve a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work. Founded more than 20 years ago by Rev. Liz Wall, her vision focused on meeting basic street-level needs with a loving and compassionate heart. Throughout the years, Mission Possible has walked with people who found hope in the midst of the challenging streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. For more information visit:

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