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Council Kickoff of UNICEF Campaign in the News -- 2010

Children to kick off UNICEF campaign
Enterprise staff
October 22th, 2010

The Davis City Council will recognize the schoolchildren of Davis for their “outstanding contributions” to UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund) through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 26, and will proclaim the week of Oct. 24-31 “Support UNICEF Week.”

Davis schoolchildren repeatedly have been named UNICEF emissaries and heroes by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in recognition of their contributions over several decades through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, in which children help children.

The award-winning Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir will be present to help kick off the 2010 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. Each year, choir director Karen Gardias selects an appropriate song for the occasion. This year, the choir will sing “For Good” from the musical “Wicked.” The song is about those who come into our lives and change us forever.

“The song seems appropriate in many ways,” said Jennifer Holman, one of the coordinators of Davis' Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. “When our kids raise money for UNICEF, they are changed in small, but important ways. They learn about their peers around the world and about the importance of helping those who are struggling. Of course, those children who receive life-saving food or medication are changed in much more tangible ways.”

Davis schoolchildren in costume will attend and demonstrate Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF to those present. In years past, the council members themselves have gamely aided in the demonstration.

It's a simple concept. On Halloween night, children throughout Davis will knock on doors, collecting both candy for themselves and donations in orange Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes.

“No donation is too small,” Holman says. “More than 22,000 children die each day from causes most people in the U.S. rarely worry about — malnutrition, unsafe drinking water, lack of an affordable vaccine.

“Just pennies can save many of those lives,” Holman added. “For instance, seven cents will provide a packet of oral rehydration salts to help save the life of a child suffering from dehydration caused by drinking contaminated water.”

Last Halloween, Davis children raised $15,000 for the world's children. Over the past 12 Halloweens, with the aid of three matching grants, the Davis community has contributed $200,545 to UNICEF.

For more information about UNICEF, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF or to volunteer or obtain a UNICEF collection box, go to or contact one of the program's cocoordinators: Sandra Schickele at or (530) 753-1601, Jennifer Holman at or (530) 758-3977 or Thomas Evans at or (530) 758-3977.

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