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Halifax’s Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala announced for April 25

2018-01-22

HALIFAX, January 22, 2018 – On Wednesday, April 25, Halifax will host the 26th annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala. The charitable event is in support of UNICEF’s work to provide access to clean and safe water for every child in need around the world. To be held at the city’s new Halifax Convention Centre, it will bring together Nova Scotia’s top chefs as they prepare a delicious menu of international cuisine for a good cause. Tickets are now on sale.

“It is with so much gratitude that we are once again able to call on Nova Scotians to help us tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time – access to safe water,” said David Morley, UNICEF Canada President and CEO. “No child should die from drinking water. It’s a basic human right. Yet that’s still the case for millions of children around the world. On April 25, Halifax will stand with us to say: no more. It’s time for real and sustainable change.”

Local advocate and philanthropist, Jeannine Bakeeff, has been a long-time volunteer and Executive Committee member for the event, as well as a founding member of UNICEF Canada’s 25th Team – a group of 60 Canadian women committed to saving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable women and children.

“Making sure every girl and boy has the opportunity and the tools they need to grow up and reach their full potential has become a priority for me,” said Bakeeff. “When I support UNICEF, I know that I’m doing my part to make that happen. I’m so proud that year after year, my home province that I love so much, comes together in such a strong show of support for the cause that I love just as much.”

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

The goal of this year’s Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala is to raise $285,000. Those funds will be used to improve access to water and sanitation for children in Uganda, and help ensure more girls can stay in school and complete their secondary education as a result. Through the generous support of donors in Halifax and around the world, UNICEF is able to work in more than 100 of the most vulnerable 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: http://bit.ly/chefshalifax            

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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 www.unicef.ca.

For further information:

Marie-Hélène Bachand, Communications Specialist, (514) 288-5134 ext. 8425; Cell: (514) 232-4510, mbachand@unicef.ca

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