TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - A special pair of well-worn boots owned by Canadian Nigel Fisher, the current Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti, will be inducted to the Bata Shoe Museum on November 1st, 2012. These boots have travelled over 100,000 km through some of the most dangerous, remote and devastated parts of the developing world to deliver life-saving vaccines and supplies to children in need.
These boots have witnessed some of Nigel's most harrowing moments and some of the profound challenges he's faced over his 30 years with the UN and UNICEF. These include working in the areas in and around Port-au-Prince after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and negotiating with the Afghan government, the opposing Northern Alliance and the international coalition, to ensure the polio vaccination campaign could proceed in Afghanistan following the start of a bombing campaign during the war that broke out in the fall of 2001.
What: Induction of Nigel Fisher's boots to the Bata Shoe Museum.
When: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Key Note Speakers:
- Nigel Fisher, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti
- David Morley, President and CEO, UNICEF Canada
- Sonja Bata, Founding Chairman of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Nigel's boots will be on display along with traditional footwear worn by children from around the world. The 'Snapshot Exhibition' will be located on the B1 level of the Bata Shoe Museum from November 1st to November 25th.
"These boots have met - and helped - tens of thousands of children in some of the most remote parts of the world. They also epitomize UNICEF Canada's own efforts to reach the world's neediest children regardless of the distance or challenge. Why? Because for UNICEF Canada, there is no child too far - we will go wherever the need is great and do whatever it takes, to reach those children who need us. The notion of 'No Child Too Far' speaks to the breadth of our commitment to saving lives, the passion with which we approach our work and the enormity of the challenge before us." - David Morley, President and CEO, UNICEF Canada
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency. As a member of the UN, UNICEF is active in more countries and saves more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race, religion or politics. Undaunted by war, disaster, disease and logistical complexity, UNICEF takes on the fight for child survival wherever it leads. They reach the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world's most inaccessible places, bringing them simple, life-saving essentials like vaccines and clean water.
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
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