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Halifax’s Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala announced for April 26

2017-01-25

HALIFAX, January 25, 2017 — To support UNICEF’s work to improve children’s access to clean and safe drinking water around the world, Halifax will host the 25th annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala on Wednesday, April 26 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Tickets are now on sale.

Guests will enjoy an unforgettable dining experience as many of Nova Scotia’s best chefs prepare a collection of culinary delights from around the world. The guest speaker for the evening is UNICEF Canada Ambassador John Nsabimana. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Nsabimana fled during the genocide in 1994, and spent the next 11 years of his life in a refugee camp in Uganda until he arrived in Canada on a scholarship. While living in the refugee camp, Nsabimana bore witness to UNICEF in action and benefitted from the life-saving services UNICEF provides to children in need and those caught in emergency situations.

“It is thanks to UNICEF that I am who I am today,” said Nsabimana. “They are able to provide children like me with education, and with the hope that I could create a brighter future for myself and my brothers. That’s exactly what I’ve done, and why I’m so proud to be attending this event in support of UNICEF.”

UNICEF is pleased to have Colin MacDonald, Chairman of Clearwater Foods, along with his sons Luke MacDonald and Nicholas MacDonald, as the event’s Honorary Chairs. They are distinguished corporate and community leaders who are making a difference in the lives of children.

“This year’s gala is about more than enjoying some spectacular food and raising money for a good cause,” said David Morley, UNICEF Canada President and CEO. “It’s about celebrating 25 years of progress for vulnerable children around the world, and it’s a testament to the amazing things that can happen when people come together and commit to making a difference.”

The goal of this year’s Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala is to raise $270,000. Water is an essential right and a vital need. Although significant strides have been made, globally more than 663 million people still lack access to safe drinking water. Through the generous support of donors, UNICEF works in more than 100 countries improving water supplies and sanitation facilities while promoting safe hygiene.

Individual tickets to the event are $300 and tables of ten are available for purchase. To order tickets, please call 1-800-819-0889 ext. 8204. For more information, visit: halifax-chefs-for-unicef-water-for-life-gala-2017

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.

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