This is a season of bold colors. As the Autumn leaves turn yellow, orange, red, and brown, we can open to a clear message that change is in air. Don't miss the message. Life is short. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” As the Mary Oliver poem reminds us, it is your decision. Where are you planting seeds that will grown into colorful, strong trees. Consider planting a seed with UNICEF.
UNICEF stands for United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson designated Halloween, October 31st, as National UNICEF Day. An annual tradition, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, began 66 years ago as a way to help kids still affected by World War II. Since then, millions of children across the United States have gone door to door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!" The annual tradition of Kids Helping Kids® — involving donations big and small — has helped to raise more than $175 million since 1950. Many people also donate directly to UNICEF throughout the year.
PRACTICAL POINTERS FOR BOLD ACTION
Be Thankful. Many kids and families across the world suffer without the basic necessities. Appreciate all that you have. Be thankful. Help your friends and kids be thankful too.
Educate and Deepen Awareness. UNICEF works to give a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged. Organized around 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 established in September 2015, world leaders have set a transformational course for the future of human development. Millions of people were involved in crafting this new sustainable development agenda, including: governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the UN system, concerned individuals. How can you help? Build awareness, tell everybody, and take action on the GOALS.
Donate -- Any Day You Can Support UNICEF. By supporting UNICEF, you can be a superhero for millions of children in need. These kids are just like you and yours, except many of them live in countries where poverty, war, or natural disaster make it difficult to get even the basics they need to survive. UNICEF uses the money to deliver medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education to millions of children worldwide. You don't have to wear a costume to support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF! Donate online today.
Take Action for Girls and Women. 2016 is the year for Global Girls. This year the Global Goals for Sustainable Development come into effect to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030 – end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. If we are to achieve the Global Goals by 2030 we must start by empowering girls and women. Take action here.
Help kids around the world. You can make a meaningful difference. Be thankful, deepen awareness, donate to UNICEF, and take action to empower girls and women.
Theresa Szczurek (www.PursuitofPassionatePurpose.com, www.TMSworld.com, www.RadishSystems.com)
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