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Thanksgiving Reflection - Nigel Fisher, UNICEF Canada

2009-10-08

Every Thanksgiving I, like so many of us, pause with gathered family and friends to give thanks for good health, happiness and good fortune. This year, following so close on the heels of the disasters that have devastated the lives of so many children and families, I will also give thanks for the things we take for granted. Simple things like a roof over our heads, sufficient food, running water, and good health take on new meaning. 

And, this year, I will also give thanks for the generosity of Canadians, who are responding so quickly and generously to the onslaught of recent natural disasters. This generosity is making a difference.

Across Asia Pacific – whether in the Philippines, still suffering the effects of being pounded by not one, but two typhoons; or Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia suffering from flooding and mudslides of Typhoon Ketsana’s heavy rains as it hit land; or Samoa and Tonga struggling to recover from the tsunami; or West Sumatra in Indonesia where remote villages are still cut off  and the city of Padang is reeling from the effects of the September 30 earthquake; or the floods in southern India that have affected millions – UNICEF is on the ground delivering emergency relief.

Your donations help make this work possible.

Children are returning to school. Families have safe water to drink. Hospitals have the supplies they need to give medical assistance. Children who have been separated from their families or orphaned are being protected. All this and much more has been possible because so many have reached out so generously.

And long after these disasters are gone from the headlines, this work will carry on. UNICEF will be on the ground working to restore normalcy to the lives of the millions of families and children affected by these disasters.

We have so much to be thankful for. If you have not yet made a donation to assist the millions affected by these disasters, please consider doing so. It will make a difference.

Thank you.

NIGEL FISHER
PRESIDENT AND CEO



Donations
To  support UNICEF’s relief efforts please donate to UNICEF Canada’s Asia-Pacific Disaster Fund, or call 1-877-955-3111. UNICEF Canada raises funds for emergencies based on country needs. Should the total contributions exceed the funding needs for a certain emergency, the funds received will be reallocated to other UNICEF emergency programmes where the need is greatest.

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.