Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Fundraiser

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a fundraiser that lasts all October long and encourages people to make this Halloween about kids, in a different way.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s goal is to administer 1.4 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year, and everyone at Sacred Heart University can help them achieve that goal.

Since the end of World War II, UNICEF has been working to provide humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. UNICEF’s mission is to give every child an equitable chance at life. This means providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, emergency relief and more.

During this ongoing pandemic, UNICEF has turned its attention to making sure kids around the world are getting access to the necessities that will keep them safe from the virus. 

UNICEF is trusted to lead vaccine delivery in more than 180 countries, representing 80% of the world’s population. They are distributing masks, hand soap, test kits and even administering vaccines in several countries. UNICEF is the largest purchaser/distributor of immunizations in the world and is currently responsible for the immunization of 45% of all of the world’s children.

The club UNICEF at SHU is an undergraduate student club offered on campus that allows Sacred Heart University students to get involved with children in the community. Their priorities are aligned with that of UNICEF, but with more of a focus on supporting children in and around Bridgeport.

The UNICEF Campus Initiative at Sacred Heart is meant to affect people in the surrounding community, and the club usually aims to put on at least five events during a school year.

“I like to support UNICEF when I can because it is an organization that I can trust to always do the right thing,” said junior Gianluca Rojas. “They are very transparent in their campaigns, so we know exactly where our money is going; my family has been donating for as long as I can remember.”

This year and years prior, UNICEF at SHU has run a couple fundraisers to spread their word around campus. On Wednesday, Oct. 13, they held a bracelet fundraiser to raise awareness for their cause.

You may have seen them raising awareness at the 63’s patio earlier in the year as well, as they had set up a bracelet fundraiser and a club meeting in the lawn last month.

Several students and faculty all over campus have been involved with UNICEF at SHU’s mission in the past or are finding ways to acquaint themselves now.

“I have obviously heard of UNICEF before, but I never really knew what they did,” said junior Amanda Ford. “It’s awesome to have an organization that looks out for kids and families who can’t really look out for themselves.”

Getting involved is easy. You can visit UNICEF USA’s website and make a donation or start your own fundraiser.

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