Trick or Treat for UNICEF

As inhabitants of the United States, we are largely removed from many of the tribulations that affect our neighbors throughout the world. In 2007, an estimated 9.2 million children under the age of five worldwide dies from largely preventable causes. Imagine if 1 in every 34 people in the United States was wiped out from a cause that could have been easily prevented!

UNICEF has been working to combat childhood disease, mortality, brutality, and inequality for more than 60 years. This non-partisan United Nations agency has historically reached out mostly to children residing in poverty stricken nations. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, however, UNICEF gave aide to the United States for the first time and reached out to the children affected by this devastating disaster in our own country.

The United States’ fund for UNICEF has raise 1.3 billion largely in part to the annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Each year around Halloween, people of all ages dress up and collect money, and all proceeds are given directly to UNICEF to provide immunization, nutrition, clean water, and education to kids from 137 countries. Every little contribution can save a child: six cents can provide for 1 thirsty child; $25 can immunize 50 children against polio for life; $45 can provide school supplies for 20 children; $112 can provide blankets to 37 children facing emergency situations.

University of Iowa students and Iowa United Nations Association volunteers will be joining the effort to raise money for children in need. In businesses throughout downtown Iowa City, boxes are ready and waiting for you to loosen your wallet and donate your spare change. Students will be “Trick-or-Treating” on November 1st, the day after Halloween, between the hours of noon and 3PM to collect the boxes. Look for us out and about in our costumes, and make sure you do your part to give what you can before then!

For more information, contact Iowa United Nations Association at (319) 336-7290. For a list of participating businesses, go to http://www.unaiowa.org/  or donate at http://inside.unicefusa.org/goto/ Iowa_UNA_Donate. Help us help others!

Jordie Willison – Events Blogger

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