The United Nations Children's Fund
Key Club International Service Partner
What is UNICEF?
UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a United Nations Program based out of New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and their mothers around the globe. UNICEF’s work is carried out in 192 countries through country programs and National Committees. Following the organization’s conviction that “All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential-to the benefit of a better world,” UNICEF works everywhere from Central and Eastern Europe to West and Central Africa, placing emphasis on major social issues such as child survival and development, basic education and gender equality, HIV/AIDS and children, child protection, and policy advocacy and partnerships.
Through over 60 years of service to children, UNICEF has accomplished some incredible things, making major strides in various social spheres. Their work to empower girls influenced by gender disparity and lack of educational opportunity, for example, has been particularly effective. For instance, the organization has developed a program called TechnoGirls in South Africa that improves participation and outcomes in the STEM field for young girls. Ultimately, the main objective of the organization is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) developed in September 2000, all of which focus on combating poverty and reducing hunger, disease, environmental degradation and gender discrimination. Key Club and Kiwanis International partners with UNICEF through the Eliminate Project, a cause dedicated to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Tetanus is responsible for the death of over 34,000 infants every year, and mothers and babies in 14 different countries depend on Kiwanis donations to help them and their children. A detailed outline of these goals and UNICEF’s progress in attaining them can be found on unicef.org.
How can my Key Club help?
Through the Eliminate Project, $1.80 can save a mother and all of her future children, and $10 can save 5 infants with MNT. Every small amount of money can make a huge difference, so encourage your Key Club to raise funds and bring awareness for UNICEF’s cause. Every year, hundreds of Key Clubs take part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, where members ask their community for donations instead of candy on Halloween, and it’s a great way to get everyone involved. You can come up with fundraising projects of your own as well to do throughout the year, including a change war, a movie night or dance at your school where you charge for admission, or hold a raffle. Be creative! It is Kiwanis International’s goal to raise $110 million for the Eliminate Project, and we are so close to making our goal. All we need is the participation of Key Clubs and their help in raising funds. You can also put up informational posters around your school, make announcements at assemblies, or hold a sports tournament in honor of UNICEF to simply bring awareness to their organization.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
In 2012, Key Club joined other Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to raise money for The Eliminate Project. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is by far one of the easiest ways for Key Clubs to help UNICEF, and all funds raised will go directly to supporting the Eliminate Project and its cause. Get your Key Club ready for some service this Halloween and ask them to collect donations instead of candy when they go around their neighborhood. You can also ask for donations at your school or even host a spooky Halloween Dance to encourage students and faculty to contribute.
Scare up some funds and fun this Halloween by participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. It’s a great opportunity to collect donations instead of candy or to bring club members together for a fabulous event or party. All money collected by Kiwanis-family members through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF will once again support The Eliminate Project and help save moms and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Did you know? A proud participant in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF since 1994, Key Club has raised more than US$7 million for child survival and development programs around the world—from efforts to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder to HIV/AIDS initiatives in Kenya and Swaziland. Starting in 2012 Key Club joined other Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to raise money for The Eliminate Project.
Submit your Trick-or-Treat Donations!
Mail in a check with a Gift Form (PDF) by December 31 to:
The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
Kiwanis International Foundation
P.O. Box 6457 - Dept #286
Indianapolis, IN 46206 USA
Be sure to write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Fundraiser Ideas
- Hold a Seriously Spooky Bake Sale. Whip up some creepy treats for a bake sale at your school.
- Host a Trunk-or-Treat. Partner with Kiwanis family clubs from your area to host a children's trick-or-treat night. Find an appropriate parking lot, school gym, or another location and determine activities. Decorate stations with dangling spiders, cobwebs and other festive materials. Invite families to bring small children to trick-or-treat and participate in activities. Invite community members to visit each booth for fun treats and concoctions in exchange for a donation to help save moms and babies.
- Host a haunted dance. Charge US$5 admission and invite guests to come as their favorite blood-sucking characters. Publicize and sell tickets early (with a cut-off deadline) to determine attendance and food requirements.
- Team up for good. Ask a local restaurant to donate part of an evening’s earnings to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF like the Key Club of Cypress Falls did. Make sure to publicize the event ahead of time to friends, family, neighbors and school staff.
- Rake leaves for donations. Organize teams of Key Clubbers to offer leaf-raking services in local neighborhoods for a donation to The Eliminate Project. You can raise funds while helping your neighbors!
- Host a haunted house, hayride or trail. Work with your school or a local park to organize a Halloween-themed event for kids in your community. Invite families to come and participate in your haunted house, hayride or trail and charge admission.
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