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Pau Gasol & UNICEF win first-ever NBA Cares Charity Challenge!

Last week NBA Cares enlisted four star players representing four charities of their choosing to make a video appeal inviting fans to vote for their favorite cause via Facebook.

Watch Pau's thank you video on Facebook.
Watch Pau’s thank you video on Facebook!

We’re thrilled to announce that Pau Gasol & UNICEF has been selected as the winner in the National Basketball Association’s first-ever Charity Challenge!

As the winning charity, UNICEF will receive a $10,000 donation from NBA Cares. A huge thank you to Pau Gasol for supporting UNICEF, and even bigger thank you to all of you that voted!

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Vote for Pau Gasol & UNICEF in the NBA Cares Charity Challenge!


Jenner Pascua is a production officer for unicefusa.org

The NBA Cares Charity Challenge is a program where fans will be able to vote for one of the four player’s videos on the NBA’s Facebook fan page. The player that collects the most fan support will win $10,000 for their selected charity.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’ve always been a Laker fan. So when I heard that Los Angeles Laker, Pau Gasol would be supporting UNICEF I was ecstatic! Two passions of mine, joining forces. Needless to say, I immediately voted and watched Pau’s video. I was amazed by Pau’s dedication to UNICEF’s mission. I can honestly say that I’m an even bigger fan of Gasol — which I thought was impossible after his performance last week in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

I know to some it’s just a game, but I’ve learned a lot from basketball. Like the idea of using teamwork to overcome challenges. The NBA Cares Charity Challenge is allowing players to do just that. Pau and UNICEF are teaming up to help overcome the challenge that no child should die from a preventable cause.

So whether you’re a fan of Pau, the Lakers or UNICEF, take a moment to vote and show your support. Encourage your friends and family to do the same! Voting ends on Sunday, May 9.

Go Lakers, go UNICEF!

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Follow UNICEF USA’s annual meeting on Twitter!

Jenner Pascua is a production officer for unicefusa.org.

Later today we’ll be kicking-off our annual meeting taking place at the Union League Club in Chicago. The two-day event will include a keynote address by CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, a tribute to the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program which is in its 60th year, and a preview of CNN’s upcoming documentary about Haitian orphans reported by CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien.


Tomorrow morning (May 5), from 9am to 1pm CT, we’ll be live-tweeting from the general session which will include panel discussions from UNICEF staff in the field, UNICEF partnerships, and a discussion on child protection and orphans in Haiti.

If you’re interested in any of these discussions make sure to follow our Twitter account @unicefusa and use the hashtag #unicefmtg to track all tweets related to the annual meeting.

You can also use sites like tweetchat and twubs to follow the meeting. Just copy and paste #unicefmtg, and it will do all the tracking for you.

Every year we’re getting closer to a day where zero children die from preventable causes. The annual meeting is a great opportunity to celebrate our progress, and learn about future challenges. We hope you can follow along on Twitter!

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Monday photo: UNICEF’s new Executive Director

Jenner Pascua is a production officer for unicefusa.org

Over the weekend UNICEF welcomed a new Executive Director.

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Anthony Lake playing with a child during a UNICEF field visit.

For this week’s photo, we thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce the 6th UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake.

Mr. Lake brings more than 45 years of public and international service to the position. As National Security Advisor (1993 – 1997) under President Bill Clinton, and as State Department Director of Policy Planning in the Carter administration (1977 – 1981), he managed the full range of foreign policy, national security, and humanitarian and development issues. In 2007-2008, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

On top of the impressive résumé, Mr. Lake has long-standing ties to UNICEF. He served for nine years on the Board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, including as Chair of the Board from 2004 to 2007. Under his chairmanship, the U.S. Fund saw a significant increase in funding and undertook a transition in personnel and mission.

Talk about the right person for the right job! We are confident that Mr. Lake will bring us closer to a day where zero children die from a preventable cause. We wish Mr. Lake the best of luck in his new position.

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Thursday video: Vaccination, a family affair

This week’s video follows-up on yesterday’s post regarding Vaccination Week in the Americas. The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses, explains that this year VWA will focus on the family, with special campaigns targeted towards seniors, women of reproductive age, children and adolescents.

In Haiti alone, an estimated 60,000 children under the age of five will receive life-saving immunization in the next few days.

UNICEF is providing vaccines, syringes and other equipment with financial assistance also provided by UNICEF and WHO.

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Monday photo: Spring couldn’t come sooner for Mongolia

Jenner Pascua is a production officer for unicefusa.org.

Here in New York the weather is less than favorable today. Rain? Isn’t it supposed to be spring? Then I thought about a recent photo distributed by UNICEF, and it made me realize how lucky we are even when the weather isn’t pleasant.

Today’s photo is from Mongolia, and shows a first grader walking home from school.

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A first-grade student walks several miles to her home after school in the district of Altai, in Khovd Province. A mountain range rises in front of her.

Last month Mongolia got hit hard with heavy snow, strong winds, and extreme cold. The weather was so extreme that 12 of the country’s 21 provinces were declared a state of disaster.

The crisis, known locally as a ‘dzud’, has killed at least nine children in one province, and has trapped many others in dormitories with failing heating systems and limited food supplies. Over 22,000 children in dormitories need emergency aid, and possibly thousands more.

UNICEF is responding by providing food, fuel, blankets, hygiene kits, medical supplies and boots to over 60,000 children, including those in dormitories and isolated villages. UNICEF is also collaborating with other United Nations agencies to supply hospitals and provide mobile medical teams in isolated areas.

Spring couldn’t come sooner for this region of the world. UNICEF is also sending blankets and supplies to neighboring China which recently experienced a 7.1 earthquake a few weeks ago.

Needless to say, I’m not complaining about the weather anymore. You can help by supporting UNICEF’s relief efforts in emergency situations.

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