Banner Ads to Support Haiti

DEC - Donate to Help HaitiUPDATE 1: @decappeal have been in touch with official banners.

UPDATE 2: Please use #techhaiti in tweets & blogs, tech volunteers and Crisis Camp.

I was working late when the news started to come in about the earthquake in Haiti. The sense of something major unfolding on an unimaginable scale reminded me of listening to the radio as I heard reports of the tsunami.

What can you do? Put your hand in your pocket. Done.

Next up, spread the word using the channels at your disposal. For me, one of these is using the advertising space on for worthy causes. We've helped Do The Green Thing in the past and using the space to help promote donations is a no-brainer.

I did a lot of searching for banners to use, as I'm conscious of copyright and keeping everything legit when there's money involved. I tried Twitter to no effect and then through LinkedIn, was pointed in the direction of Oxfam Ireland who have a page full of banners (congratulations to their comms team for turning this round so quickly).

Unfortunately, none of them fit the size used on Chinwag (MPU - 300x250), so I've mustered my meagre design skills (and that's probably overstating the case) to create a banner that'll have to do in the meantime:

DEC - Donate to Help Haiti

This banner and the one on Chinwag are linked through to Disasters Emergency Committee (the UK organisation that coordinates numerous charities):

So, apologies on the copyright front. And apologies to designers everywhere, please feel free to use the Photoshop PSD or do create something better and share it here in the comments, or anywhere in fact. I'll catalogue them here if it's helps spread the word.

Oh, and as President Clinton put it, "give money".

UPDATE 1: Jamie from @decappeal got in touch with the official DEC banners

DEC 468x60 Banner

DEC have asked that the banners are linked through to:

They have banners available in lots of handy sizes:

UPDATE 2: #techhaiti, Techcrunch's call for tech volunteers and Crisis Camp

@mikebutcher over at TechCrunch has posted a call for "Tech companies can Help Haiti, so get on this list and use #TechHaiti on Twitter". Using the #TechHaiti hashtag sounds like a smart move for keeping track of everything.

Also found out about a kick-off meeting for Crisis Camp London, on Thursday. It's a free event and aims to use social media "facilitate[s] partnerships and maintains a network of technology volunteers to respond to specific needs".

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Reports direct from charities on the ground

Fantastic work Sam & Chinwag Some of the charities out in Haiti are reporting live to their web sites, you can listen in using the players below. There's some fantastic work going on, jd

British Red Cross:

Save The Children:

The UN Foundation:

Great idea!

Well done Sam. I've tweeted it under several accounts and will be adding them to MediaStarz and my own local town website I run. I'll see if I can get my clients to do the same.

125x125 Banner Ad

One of the tweets about this asked for a 125x125 version of the ad, despite my limited Photoshop skills, I can do that, here you go:

DEC - Donate to Help Haiti

Haiti Banner Support


I've created another banner - I hope it's useful

You can grab the Swf, jpg and Fla for distribution editing etc.

Swf Movie
Jpg Img 
Flash source file 

Right click - Save As

If you need anything else give me a shout.