SASKATOON, Dec. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - In a year of unprecedented humanitarian crises with children affected by conflict and health emergencies from West Africa to the Middle East, this holiday season UNICEF is calling on Saskatoon residents to continue their generous support of children through the organization's Survival Gifts program. Last year, Saskatoon residents purchased 258 life-changing gifts, totaling $10,607 to help vulnerable children, with the most popular gift being Water Purification Tablets that protect children from deadly waterborne illnesses.
"The warm hearts and generosity of the people of Saskatoon has made a significant difference in the lives of children around the world. We're so grateful for the opportunity to provide people with unique and life-saving options for gifts," says Sharon Avery, UNICEF Canada's Chief Development Officer. "Saskatoon continues to be a vital supporter of children around the world with every purchase of gifts like Plumpy'Nut, bed nets and school supplies."
"It's wonderful to hear from families that sit down with their children and choose education gifts like school books and supplies to give to teachers and mosquito nets or immunizations to give to a family member who works in health care. It's a great way to teach children about generosity and talk with them about how children live in other parts of the world, while changing the lives of children in need," says Avery.
In Saskatchewan, residents sent 813 Survival Gifts to children in need in 2013, totaling $32,899. And, overall Canadians sent 41,922 gifts, valued at more than $1.8 million, to vulnerable children across the globe.
Most popular gifts with Saskatoon residents:
Statistics and gifts that help—for the health care worker on your list:
Malnutrition: 50 per cent of childhood deaths under age five are caused by malnutrition
Malaria: In 2013 alone, malaria killed 450,000 children under the age of five
Water: 1,600 children die every day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation
Statistics and gifts that help—for the teacher or student on your list:
Education: 57 million children are not in school, reducing their changes of health and success
Statistics and gifts that help—for the global citizen and activist on your list:
Birth Registration: One in three births is not registered, robbing children of health care, education and protection and putting them at risk of child labour and trafficking
Child Marriage: More than 700 women alive today were married as children and girls remain at great risk
Child Soldiers: An estimated 300,000 children are engaged in armed conflict around the world
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.
Image with caption: "Each Vaccine Pack includes 72 tetanus vaccines, 72 polio vaccines and 72 measles vaccines. Saskatoon residents purchased 17 of these packs for $44 each, reaching more than 1,400 children with life-saving vaccines. (CNW Group/UNICEF Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141209_C5503_PHOTO_EN_9183.jpg
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
For further information: To arrange interviews or for more information please contact: Tiffany Baggetta, UNICEF Canada, 416-482-6552 ext. 8892, 647-308-4806 (mobile), [email protected]
UNICEF is the world’s leading humanitarian organization focused on children. We work in the most challenging areas to provide protection, healthcare and immunizations, education, safe water and sanitation and nutrition. As part of the United Nations, our unrivaled reach...