UNICEF Cayman Kids, the benefactor of proceeds raised through the “Cayman Hockey Fights Cancer” event held earlier this year, has determined that the money be awarded to Feed Our Future – a nonprofit which provides school meals to children in need in the Cayman Islands.
“In accordance with UNICEF’s goals of supporting children’s education, healthcare, shelter and good nutrition we have determined that these funds are best placed with Feed our Future to further the efforts of this very worthwhile charity,” said Aaron Knapik, a director of UNICEF Cayman Kids. “We are proud to support Feed Our Future with a donation CI$4,500.”
The money will support Feed Our Future’s provision of school meals to children in need over the remainder of this school year. Feed Our Future provides school meals for 150 children and at present works with 20 schools, including two in Cayman Brac.
“Too often, the only meal that these children receive is a school lunch. And we are finding that more and more families are struggling with hunger for the first time in their lives,” said Stacey VanDevelde of Feed Our Future. “With the help of generous supporters like UNICEF Cayman Kids we know that we can deliver one solution, that is to connect children to healthy, nutritious meals where they learn and play. In fact, the level of funding pledged will allow us to provide school meals to [children] at the primary school level for a full school year, or over 750 meals! Together we are making an immediate difference in the life of a child in our own community.”
This month, UNICEF Cayman Kids also hosts their sixth annual “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” Halloween fundraising event, which since its inception has raised more than US$25,000 for children worldwide. On Halloween night, children are encouraged to carry an orange UNICEF box with them when they trick-or-treat to raise funds for less fortunate children. One hundred per cent of those proceeds will go directly to the United Nations Children’s Fund to support UNICEF’s efforts to save children’s lives in more than 150 countries through immunisation, education, healthcare, nutrition and clean water.
In addition to children going door-to-door with their signature orange UNICEF boxes, the organisation is receiving support from Camana Bay at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular, which is taking place on Saturday, 27 October, from 4 to 7pm at Camana Bay. With an oversized orange UNICEF box set up, guests at the event will have an opportunity to learn more about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, pick up collection boxes for their children and donate money directly to the cause.
“We are extremely appreciative of the support that the event organizers at Camana Bay have extended,” said Tania Knapik, director of UNICEF Cayman Kids. “UNICEF Cayman Kids has been recognised repeatedly by the US Fund for UNICEF, being proclaimed both UNICEF emissaries and heroes for our contribution to the cause and we couldn’t do it without the help of the greater community.”
For more than 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been saving millions of children’s lives by raising much-needed funds for immunisations, education, healthcare, nutrition, clean water and sanitation.
“Twenty four thousand children die every day from preventable causes,” she said. “But we have the power to help save them. By Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, the entire Cayman Islands community can rally together to help UNICEF get water, education and medicine to the children who need it most.”
For more information about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF or to obtain a collection box, please contact the programme coordinators at 323-0898.