TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto Raptors' star point guard and
long time UNICEF supporter Jose Calderon is urging college and
university students across Canada to become water champions by joining
the UNICEF Student Challenge.
"I believe it's important to give back to children and families around
the world," says Calderon. "Through UNICEF's Student Challenge young people across Canada can do just that. I encourage students to
sign up, have fun and do their best to improve access to clean water
for children and their communities."
Working in teams of two, students who participate in the Student Challenge will help support UNICEF's work providing safe drinking water to
children and their families in more than 100 countries.
The goal is to raise as many water pumps as possible until March 22.
Each pump costs $500 and provides an entire community with access to
When teams raise enough money to purchase a water pump they receive one
ballot in the official UNICEF draw to win an exclusive trip to New York
City for a behind-the-scenes tour of UNICEF headquarters at the United
Nations. The more pumps each team raises, the more communities they
reach with safe water and the better their chances of winning the trip
to New York.
"The Student Challenge provides a unique opportunity for Canadian students to help reach some
of the 884 million people who lack access to safe water while getting
closely involved in UNICEF's work," says UNICEF Canada's President and
CEO David Morley. "We are very pleased to have Jose Calderon supporting
this exciting new initiative."
Everyday more than 5,000 children under the age of five die as a result
of unsafe drinking water and poor hygiene. The absence of clean water
also impacts a child's access to education. Children - particularly
girls - miss school because they spend hours a day carrying water home
for their families.
"It's hard to believe that millions of children die every year because
they don't have clean water, something we take for granted here in
Canada," says Calderon. "But by supporting UNICEF's work we can change
Canadian post-secondary students aged 18 to 25 can learn more and join
UNICEF's Student Challenge at www.unicef.ca/studentchallenge The Student Challenge ends on World Water Day, March 22 and winners will travel to New York
in the spring of 2012.
About UNICEF On Campus
The UNICEF Campus Clubs Program is a unique student leadership program
that provides college and university students the opportunity to learn
about global development issues, particularly the needs of the world's
most disadvantaged children. The program also empowers students to help
make a difference in disadvantaged children's lives through fundraising
and advocacy on campus. Their involvement with UNICEF provides students
the opportunity to be associated with the world's leading child-focused
humanitarian and development agency, and to become part of the larger
effort for children both here in Canada and overseas.
UNICEF is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian and development
agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, UNICEF saves
children's lives and secures their rights in virtually every country.
Its global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse
partnerships make it an instrumental force in shaping a world in which
no child dies of a preventable cause. UNICEF is entirely supported by
voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race,
religion or politics. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca
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