Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trick or Treat for UNICEF!

Actually, let's rephrase that title. How about just TREAT, no tricks?

Last week, UNICEF launched this really cute activity called "Trick or Treat for UNICEF Superheroes Campaign." Vito and I were invited but we weren't able to attend. You know, I am starting to feel bad about this—I RSVP to people that I'll go to their events and then, you know life with little kids, something comes up and I suddenly can't go!

Anyway, Trick or Treat for UNICEF is a great activity for your kids, especially if your family celebrates Halloween with costumes. Last year, Vito a.k.a. Tigger won two costume contests...

...but this year, we'll have no costumes, no candy. We'll collect money for children in need instead!

At the launch, UNICEF lined up all the kids who registered for the campaign and gave them orange Trick-or-Treat collection boxes. They also gave the kids IDs and T-shirts so that they can be identified as bona fide donation collectors for UNICEF.

This is Lizzy Borromeo, 9, and her sister Sophie, 7. They're wearing the orange shirt. I guess that shirt will be Vito's costume this year (I hope they have toddler sizes!). Anyway, Lizzy says, “I like [the campaign] because I can help other children so they can go to school just like us."

And if you're wondering what the TOT4UNICEF collection box looks like, then look below. From left: Mary Joy Canon-Abaquin, Multiple Inteligence School; Rianna Trinidad, Multiply.com; Karen Fagara, SM Megamall; Daphne Oseña Paez, UNICEF Special Advocate for Children; Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Country Representative; Nona Go, SM Megamall. Karen, Daphne, Tomoo and Nona are holding the little boxes.

Even though we weren't able to attend the event, we still have a chance to participate in this campaign. In fact, we're going to Megamall on Wednesday to pick up a TOT4UNICEF kit for Vito. Join us and get a kit for your kids, too!

The TOT4UNICEF kits are already available at the UNICEF booths near Toy Kingdom (Bldg A, lower ground floor). The kits are free, one kit per kid, and then your kids can go and collect donations from you, their aunts, uncles, lolos, lolas, neighbors, yayas!

Tomoo Hozumi says, "With their energy and enthusiasm, [kids] can collect donations that will contribute to better health, nutrition, water and sanitation and protection of other children. It is an example of kids helping kids, as it has been practiced since the Trick-or-Treat campaign was started in the United States more than 60 years ago."

We definitely want our kids to help other kids. This is a lesson in compassion and generosity that we parents should not fail to teach. Plus, it'll be fun! I think I'll go ask Vito's friend, Enzo, if we can borrow his policeman costume from last year. I bet that will make collecting money from our families and friends more fun!

To find out more about the campaign, visit www.unicef.ph or call 758-1000.


*event photos courtesy of UNICEF

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