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Celebrating 50 years of support by the Calgary Fire Department for National UNICEF Day

2014-10-27

CALGARY, October 27, 2014 – On October 20, UNICEF Canada recognized the Calgary Fire Department for the 50 years of exceptional support they’ve provided for the National UNICEF Day campaign at the Calgary Fire Training Academy. National UNICEF Day, celebrated on October 31, is one of Canada's longest-running youth fundraising activities. It engages children across the country to raise funds to improve the lives of their most vulnerable peers around the world.

David Morley, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, attended the event to honour the dedicated volunteers, including four exceptional firefighters—Phil Mody, John Conley, John Moersch and Barry Lohmann. These firefighters have been involved in National UNICEF Day since the start of their careers with the Calgary Fire Department, helping to recruit and coordinate off-duty firefighters to support the campaign.

UNICEF Canada President & CEO David Morley presents The Calgary Fire Department Executive Officer Brad Lorne with a UNICEF plaque to recognize 50 years of exceptional support from the Calgary Fire Department for the National UNICEF Day campaign.

“The dedication, commitment and hard work of the Calgary Fire Department for National UNICEF Day over the past 50 years has made a meaningful and lasting impact on both children in Canada and worldwide,” said Morley. “It’s the efforts and passion of volunteers like these that continue to drive our work, helping children survive and thrive.”

Over the years, thousands of Calgary’s firefighters have volunteered their time to visit schools in the greater Calgary area to collect funds and participate in the coin counting and coin rolling days at the Fire Hall. Approximately 40-50 firefighters collect coins from more than 200 schools each year. In the past five years alone, Calgary schools have raised over $1 million for the National UNICEF Day Campaign.

Three firefighters John Moersch, Barry Lohmann and John Conley were recognized for their outstanding support in helping recruit and coordinate off-duty firefighters for the National UNCIEF Day campaign.

Similar to UNICEF Canada, the Calgary Fire Department has recognized that access to quality education can lead to lifelong opportunities and help advance individual and global development. Currently, the number of children enrolled in school as increased significantly compared to 50 years ago. However, with nearly 57 million children currently out of school worldwide, UNICEF’s work is far from over. To support the National UNICEF Day campaign, visit www.unicef.ca/oct31.

Volunteer firefighters gather at the Calgary Fire Department to count and roll coins for the 1992 National UNICEF Day campaign (formerly known as the Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaign).

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About National UNICEF Day

National UNICEF Day, celebrated by Canadians on October 31, is a Halloween tradition loved by generations. It is one of Canada's longest-running youth fundraising activities and often a child's first philanthropic experience. Initially, the program involved the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes, but the program has evolved over the years into in-school fundraising. Children across Canada raise funds to improve the lives of their most vulnerable peers around the world. Canadians have raised more than $100 million through this campaign to help millions of children around the world gain access to quality education. The funds raised through the National UNICEF Day program have helped build schools, train teachers, advocate for girls’ education and reach children whose lives have been disrupted by emergencies.

About UNICEF

UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.