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Halloween and Trick or Treat for UNICEF

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Halloween is known for candy, costumes, magic and fun – but giving? Since 1950, “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” has raised more than $170 million to help children around the world.  For over 60 years, this program has been helping kids help kids in small easy ways that make a large global impact.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, was created to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. The guiding vision of UNICEF is that everyone can, together, advance the cause of humanity.  Some examples of this global organization’s achievements include cutting child deaths by 40% since 1990 and distributing 25 million anti-malarial mosquito nets each year.

“Trick or Treat for UNICEF” connects this global vision with local community activity, and encompasses far more than just Trick Or Treating on Halloween night.  Everything from pumpkin-carving contests to college campus activities can turn fall-themed fun into fundraisers and Making a Difference ®!

To find out how you can start Making a Difference ® this Halloween season, visit http://www.trickortreatforunicef.org/participate to learn more.  Share your story on Twitter by using #TOT4UNICEF!

Making A Difference® for Healthier Children Everywhere During National Immunization Month

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Vaccinations continue to be a ‘hot’ topic in politics and even popular culture. Debate over the risks, side effects, and the number of compulsory vaccines given to children has put this public health issues on the forefront of the minds of parents and politicians alike.

August is National Immunization Month, and as children return to school, it is important to remember that immunization campaigns have helped eliminate some of the deadliest epidemics, as children born in the US do not have to worry about polio, Hepatitis, and rotavirus. And since the 1970s, investments in public health programs helped to eliminate smallpox from the globe.
Unfortunately, we seem to forget just how important immunization is for a healthy community, until we realize that worldwide many childhood diseases can be prevented.

Polio, which decimated a generation of American children in the middle of the 20th Century, is still a crippling disease in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. While this is a preventable ailment, health structures in developing countries often are not able to provide the necessary sources to all. This makes it even more difficult to produce a successful, healthy and prosperous next generation.

Luckily, there are several national and international organizations dedicated to giving each person the ability to achieve the healthiest life possible. Since its founding in 1905 by Chicago’s Paul P. Harris, Rotary International has been committed to eliminating diseases and raising awareness for immunization campaigns across the country.

In addition, The UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Program is working to save children around the world from deadly but preventable diseases. By supporting these types of programs, you will be making A Difference® and working towards a healthier future for all!