Monday, October 5, 2009

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF launched

"Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!"

This year, like every year since 1955, local children will raise money for the world's most needy youth in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) this Halloween.

“Every child has the right to education, yet millions of children around the world do not have access to schools, teachers or safe learning environments,” said Nigel Fisher, UNICEF Canada President and CEO. “Through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, children in Canada are helping to give thousands of children in Malawi and Rwanda the gift of education.”

The campaign was kicked-off at Wildwood School. The students welcomed UNICEF and the Halloween Partners for Safety, which included members of The City's police and fire service, with a great song and dance about peace.

This year, becuase of students like those at Wildwood School, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is poised to hit the fundraising milestone of $100 million raised in Canada since 1955 to help the world’s most vulnerable children

UNICEF can be found in over 150 countries and territories to help children. It is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, and supports child health and nutrition, clean water and sanitation, quality education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

This is also the 15th year for the UNICEF Partners for Safety Program in Calgary.
  • Almost 1,000 vehicles will be on patrol in Calgary and Airdrie between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Halloween night.
  • Any child who needs assistance should approach a Partners’ vehicle for help.
  • Partners for Safety provides the opportunity for a variety of emergency services and organizations to work together and with UNICEF to make sure our children are safe on Halloween night.
  • Since the inception of the Partners for Safety program there have been no major incidents involving trick-or-treaters.
The UNICEF Partners for Safety are:
Anyone who wants to be a part of this Canadian tradition can contribute to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online through a secure donation page at www.trickortreatforunicef.ca.

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