If you’ve been following our Facebook and Twitter feeds, you’ve likely seen our community’s incredible response to the “Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday” campaign. The idea that we could put a stop to preventable child deaths has resonated with our followers online, and it’s been wonderful seeing so many sharing #5thBDay posts and crafting their own. Perhaps most impressive of all has been the hundreds of 5th Birthday photographs you’ve submitted to the campaign site and to us. When you share your #5thBDay photograph, you’re raising awareness among your friends, family and our entire community of the more than 7 million children who die of preventable causes each year—roughly 21,000 a day. Despite this startling reality, child mortality has been reduced by about 40% over the past 30 years, and we know that we can get that number to zero with your support.
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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.
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!
Kate Weber is the director of NGO Partnerships at the U.S. Fund
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has joined a unique social campaign to wipe out malaria in Africa one tweet at a time! (@Malaria_Envoy)
In honor of World Malaria Day, the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria has assembled an impressive list of activists, social media luminaries and celebrities to inspire and activate their followers and fans in support of malaria control.
Here’s a short list of some of the 2010 social media envoys selected:
Shaquille O’Neal, General Colin Powell, and Kevin Rose, Founder of Digg are also on board.
Don’t wait for April 25, World Malaria Day…join the conversation today by sharing this blogpost. Together we can help control malaria – the number-one child killer in Africa.
|Light a virtual candle on Facebook for the victims in Haiti. $5 proceeds go to UNICEF and the relief efforts in Haiti|
The outpouring of support that we’ve received is tremendous. Many have been asking about other ways to help support UNICEFs relief efforts in Haiti, so here’s some information:
If you’re in New York City, join us in honoring U.N. workers and thousands of other victims from the earthquake that struck Haiti this week, during a candlelight vigil taking place today, January 15. Click here to view the event on Facebook. For those of you not able to attend, join us in spirit:
Light a virtual candle on Facebook for the victims in Haiti. $5 proceeds go to UNICEF and the relief efforts in Haiti
- Donate: This is by far the best way to help support our efforts.100% of your donation will go to fund relief efforts in Haiti. Visit unicefusa.org/haitiquake to donate today! No amount is too small.
- Mobile Giving: Text GIVE to UNICEF to make a $5 donation. Visit unicefusa.org/mobile for more information.
- Spread the word: Join our online community on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Share our updates and videos with everyone in your network and ask them to join you in supporting UNICEF’s relief efforts in Haiti.
- Dedicate your status on Facebook to UNICEF. Copy and paste this message into your profile: Support UNICEF USA and their relief efforts in Haiti. Visit http://bit.ly/6gp6AP to donate now!
- On Twitter, tweet the following to show your support: Help Haiti! Support @unicefusa donate now http://bit.ly/6gp6AP
- Create a personal online donation page and invite friends and family to help you raise funds. Part of a school, group or company? Create a team page and share your page with everyone in your network to collect donations. www.unicefusa.org/ert
- Stay informed: Sign up for our emails and receive up to date information on our efforts to support the people of Haiti.
- Add our banner to your personal or company website or blog.
- Join our Cause on Facebook.
- Matching Gifts: To find out if your company or employer will match your donation, visit www.matchinggift.com/unicefusa
UNICEF is there before, after and during an emergency to provide aid, especially to the most vulnerable victims
When we started our social media efforts, we knew it would provide us with a great way to communicate with like-minded individuals interested in UNICEF’s work. It has been a wonderful channel to speak directly with our volunteers and inform the masses of the work that’s being done for the world’s children.
However, nothing could prepare us for the overwhelming response we’ve received over the past few days. The generosity of the community coming together to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti is nothing short of incredible.
With only four more days til Halloween, here’s an update on what you can still do to participate!
Become our fan on Facebook, and join our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Cause. Donations received through the Cause application from now until November 6th will enter us for a chance to win $50,000 in America’s Giving Challenge! Also, follow us on Twitter and retweet @unicefusa updates to help spread the word about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
Perhaps you’ve been invited to, or are hosting one of the over 3,000 registered Halloween parties to benefit UNICEF. No? Ok, then register your party now and help make Halloween count!
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Spokesperson, Selena Gomez, is hosting a live web cast tomorrow, where she’ll be talking about all things Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF! Selena also created the “Selena & Friends Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” fundraising team. Join them and help the team reach their fundraising goal of $1 million. (Oh, and Selena has some cool incentives for the top fundraisers on the team!).
And last, but certainly not least, it’s not too late to order Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes! We’re accepting orders until October 30 at 12:00 pm EST. After that time, visit one of our Pier 1, Hallmark or Baskin Robbins retail partners to pick up a box, or create your own with this wrapper.
Make Halloween count this year!
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