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UNICEF Canada Child Representative, Bilaal Rajan, Named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist by Association of Fundraising Professionals

2010-04-22

TORONTO, April 23, 2010 – UNICEF Canada congratulates Bilaal Rajan, UNICEF Canada Child Representative, for being named the recipient of the 2010 Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Thirteen-year-old Bilaal Rajan has been a volunteer with UNICEF since 2004 when he decided to raise $6000 to help children affected by tropical storms in the Caribbean.  In response to the devastating tsunami later that year, Bilaal initiated the UNICEF Canada Kids Earthquake Challenge, through which Canadian children raised more than $1.8 million dollars to help their peers whose lives were impacted by the disaster.

Now a UNICEF Canada Child Representative, Bilaal works to reinforce the message that “together, we can make a difference.”  In 2005, and as part of his work for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, Bilaal traveled to Malawi to see the impact of the Schools for Africa programme which is supported by money raised through the efforts of Canadian children. Although it was encouraging for Bilaal to see the wonderful changes made possible by UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation through the Schools for Africa programme, it was also clear to him that much remains to be done. 

Bilaal asks all children to embody the spirit of children helping children to create a world where every child has health, education, equality, protection and the opportunity to have a childhood.

About UNICEF
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.

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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.