Student design to be featured nation-wide in 2011
TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - UNICEF Canada announced today that grade seven
student Genice Chan of British Columbia is the grand prize winner of
the 2011 Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF/Owlkids Greeting Card Contest.
Chosen from the hundreds of entries received, Genice's artwork will be
reproduced as an official UNICEF holiday greeting card, and sold
exclusively at all Pier 1 Imports store locations in Canada during the
2011 holiday season. All of the proceeds from the sale of this card go
to UNICEF Canada, as well as the proceeds from all other UNICEF cards
sold throughout the country at Pier 1 stores.
Genice designed a card that depicts the warmth of a family working
together to decorate their home during the festive season. Besides
receiving the award of having her design reproduced as an official
UNICEF greeting card, Genice has won a $5,000 scholarship and $500 in
art supplies for her school's art program.
This year's Greeting Card Contest included an inaugural Fan's Choice
category. Selected through online votes from the top ten cards, Eclipse
Galloway, a grade eight student from Edgewood, British Columbia has
been awarded the title of Fan's Choice winner. Eclipse has won $500 in
art supplies for her card depicting the spreading of holiday cheer.
"The Greeting Card Contest is a creative way for children across Canada
to become engaged in philanthropy from a young age, and we are happy to
be part of it once again with Pier 1 Imports and Owlkids" said Dee
Diaz, Director of Corporate Engagement, UNICEF Canada. "Genice has
created a beautiful and inspiring design, reminding us all that every
child around the world has the right to survival."
The card contest began in Canada in 2006 and this marks the 24th year of a partnership between the unique home furnishings retailer and
the international children's organization in Canada. In 1985, Pier 1
Imports began selling UNICEF greeting cards and since then, the company
has raised over $29 million for UNICEF. Pier 1 Imports will continue
its commitment toward UNICEF's goal of improving the lives of children
around the world.
"We are excited to continue the tradition of this inspiring program with
UNICEF. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm that Canadian students
bring in wanting to contribute to UNICEF's mission," Jim Waechter, Vice
President of Canadian Stores, Pier 1 Imports. "The contest is a great
way to help raise awareness among Canadian children about UNICEF's
important work, while allowing UNICEF to deliver life-saving services
to children around the world."
Proceeds from the sale of these cards will support vital UNICEF programs
that provide lifesaving medicines, vaccines, nutritious foods, primary
education, clean water/sanitation, and emergency relief for millions of
children in more than 190 countries.
UNICEF is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian and development
agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, we save
children's lives and secure their rights in virtually every country.
Our global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse
partnerships make us an instrumental force in shaping a world in which
no child dies of a preventable cause. UNICEF is supported by voluntary
donations and helps all children, regardless of race, religion or
politics. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.
ABOUT PIER 1 IMPORTS
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is the original global importer of unique home
furnishings. The company began in 1962 with a single store in San
Mateo, California. Since then, Pier 1 has grown to more than 80 stores
in Canada, with over 1,000 locations companywide. Pier 1 Imports' 48
years of experience has transformed the company into North America's
largest specialty retailer of imported home furnishings and decor. More
information about Pier 1 can be found at www.pier1.com.
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