Unleash the artist within to win a $5,000 scholarship and help children worldwide
Enter the annual Pier 1 Imports®/ UNICEF/ Owlkids Greeting Card Contest
TORONTO, November 3, 2014 – Canadian children, ages 14 or younger, are invited to enter the annual Pier 1 Imports/ UNICEF/ Owlkids Greeting Card Contest to benefit children worldwide. From November 1 to 24, 2014, children are invited to submit their entries illustrating this year's theme, Spreading Holiday Cheer, for their chance to win a $5,000 scholarship, $500 in art supplies for their school and have their design featured as UNICEF’s 2015 official holiday greeting card sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across Canada. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from UNICEF card sales at Pier 1 Imports go directly to supporting UNICEF’s life-saving work for children around the world.
“Each year, we see a wide range of creative designs from talented children across the country and I can’t wait to see this year’s selection. Our annual greeting card contest with Pier 1 Imports provides Canadian children with a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity while helping to create a brighter future for the world’s most vulnerable children,” said David Morley, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada.
About the contest
The Pier 1 Imports/ UNICEF/ Owlkids Greeting Card Contest started in Canada in 2005 to raise awareness among Canadian school children about UNICEF’s life-saving work for children around the world. It has inspired kids from coast to coast to use their creative talents in a meaningful way. Pier 1 Imports started selling UNICEF greeting cards in North America in 1985 and has raised more than $39 million to date in the U.S. and Canada.
Funds from the sale of cards support UNICEF programs which provide healthcare, immunizations, clean water, nutrition, food security, education and emergency relief to millions of children and families worldwide.
How to enter and win
Entry forms are available at all Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide while supplies last or online at pier1.ca, unicef.ca or owlkids.com. All entries must be hand-drawn and received by Pier 1 Imports Corporate Headquarters by November 24, 2014. Submissions will be judged on artistic quality and creative interpretation of this year’s theme, Spreading Holiday Cheer. To be eligible, participants must be under 14 years of age as of November 24, 2014.
The winner of this year’s contest will be announced in January 2015. Visitors to the Pier 1 Imports website pier1.ca can also take part by voting for a Fan’s Choice Award between December 15, 2014 and January 1, 2015. The Fan’s Choice winner will receive $500 for art supplies. Winners will also receive an Owlkids surprise gift pack.
For official rules, visit pier1.ca.
Last year’s winner
Eleven-year-old Justin, from Ontario, was the contest winner in 2013 for his interpretation of the theme, A Joyous Celebration, which featured a jolly penguin wearing a winter hat. As the grand prize winner, Justin’s card design has been turned into this season’s official UNICEF greeting card now available at Pier 1 Imports stores across Canada. Justin also won a $5,000 scholarship, $500 worth of art supplies for his school and a year’s subscription to an Owlkids® magazine.
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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 unicef.ca.
About Pier 1 Imports
Pier 1 Imports is the original global importer of home décor and furniture. Information about the company is available on pier1.com.
Owlkids is the English youth division of Bayard Canada. Owlkids publishes entertaining, unique, high quality magazines and books that nurture the potential of children and instill in them a love of reading and learning — about themselves and the world around them.