Winners receive exclusive behind-the-scenes trip to UNICEF in New York!
TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - UNICEF Canada is launching the first ever
national Student Challenge today, a new opportunity for Canadian post-secondary students to help
vulnerable young people worldwide and win an exclusive
behind-the-scenes trip to UNICEF headquarters in New York City.
"We know a lot of young Canadians are engaged global citizens," says
UNICEF Canada's President and CEO David Morley."So we are pleased to
launch this exciting opportunity for students to help reach some of the
884 million people who lack access to safe, clean drinking water
UNICEF is challenging college and university students to become water
champions by bringing sustainable water sources closer to children and
families who need them most.
Water-borne illness are the second-highest cause of child deaths, with
more than 5,000 children under five dying every day as a result of
unsafe drinking water and poor hygiene.
Nearly one in five child deaths - about 1.5 million each year - is due
to diarrhea which kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and
UNICEF's Student Challenge is an opportunity for young Canadians to fight this deadly disease by
ensuring communities have access to clean water.
Working in teams of two, students will educate their friends, family
members and classmates on the importance of UNICEF's work providing
safe drinking water for children and their families in more than 100
countries. Teams will then raise funds to purchase water pumps. Each
pump, which costs only $500, provides an entire community with access
to safe water.
Every time a team raises enough money to purchase a water pump they also
receive one ballot in the official UNICEF draw to win the trip to New
York City. The more pumps each team raises, the more communities they
reach with safe water and the better their chance is of winning the
"It's shocking to hear how many young people in the world get sick, miss
school and even die from lack of access to clean water," says Rachael
Chin-You, UNICEF's On Campus President at Trent University. "So it's
empowering to participate in the Student Challenge because I know I am contributing to a sustainable solution and the
opportunity to visit UNICEF in New York is very exciting."
Teams participating in the Student Challenge are encouraged to be creative to raise awareness and support to help as
many young people and their families gain access to clean water as
The Student Challenge begins today and ends on World Water Day, March
22. Challenge winners will travel to New York in the spring.
Post-secondary students aged 18 to 25 can sign up to take UNICEF's Student Challenge here www.unicef.ca/studentchallenge
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.
SOURCE UNICEF Canada
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