This weekend I traveled to Phoenix Arizona to attend Pinnacle High School Key Club’s “Spooktacular,” a Halloween Carnival to benefit UNICEF. This event, now in its fourth year, is organized by the Key Club and is one of Key Club International’s largest fundraisers, generating thousands of dollars in years past.
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On July 9 the U.S. Fund for UNICEF staff and UNICEF Ambassador, Clay Aiken attended Key Club’s International 67th Annual Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. Key Club and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have had a long standing partnership, raising funds for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Swaziland and more recently, pledging $1 million to assist the youth of Uruguay.
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|Key Club International President, Abigail McKamey (center) presented a check to UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken and Kristi Burnham (left), Director of Volunteer and Community Partnerships, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, for funds raised on behalf of Operation Uruguay.|
Donations collected through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign will directly support UNICEF-Uruguay’s health and education programs. To learn more about Key Club and U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s partnership, visit www.unicefusa.org/keyclub.
I recently accompanied a Key Club and a Kiwanis representative to Swaziland. Swaziland is a small country in southern Africa, with a population of one million, but with the highest HIV infection rate in the world. This was our second trip to Swaziland; in 2007, after Key Club’s youth led board voted to fund programs there, I accompanied four Key Club members to Swaziland to learn more. In June 2007, we visited several neighborhood care points (NCPs), which were community-based locations where trained volunteers would provide informal education, warm meals and basic health care services to children who were orphaned or made vulnerable from HIV and AIDS. The Neighborhood care points, supported by UNICEF, were trying to reach as many kids as possible, but needed financial support to reach more children.
I’ve blogged about Key Club International before, the largest high school service organization in the world and its incredible support of UNICEF’s programs. Earlier this year, I accompanied four Key Club representatives to Uruguay to learn more about the program. The hope is that they motivate their peers to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this Halloween. Watch the video to see how Jared, one of the four, is spreading the word.
Last week I traveled to Uruguay with 4 Key Club members to learn more about UNICEF’s programs there. Key Club International has recently committed to raise funds for programs for adolescents in Uruguay, and we spent four days learning about life in Uruguay and UNICEF’s efforts there. Pictured here are the four Key Club members as we arrived on our first day, Jared, Abigail, Anna and Lance.