Volume 77 | Issue 5
September 2009

 Campus challenge encourages students to raise awareness and funds to save at-risk children worldwide

ACUI is again partnering with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and The George Harrison Fund to hold a fundraising challenge on college campuses entitled “Help Us Save Some Lives.” In its second year, the challenge, which runs until April 1, 2010, encourages students to raise awareness and funds to save children around the world who die from preventable diseases.
“We look forward to further raising college students’ awareness of UNICEF and the plight of children worldwide,” said Caryl Stern, president and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Every day, 25,000 children die needlessly from preventable causes, such as the lack of basic medical attention. Most college students don’t realize that, even on a budget, they can make an enormous impact on this statistic with just a few dollars.”
This year’s goal is to raise $80,000 during the campus challenge. The George Harrison Fund will match up to $80,000 for a potential $160,000 total contribution to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Last year, 46 campuses participated in the inaugural challenge, which raised more than $84,000. The grand prize winner was the University of North Texas.
This year’s prizes for the campuses that raise the most money during the challenge include the following:

  • Grand prize: Invitations to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s annual meeting for one advisor and one student. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s annual meeting features testimonials from partners and firsthand reports from UNICEF staff in the field—packed with emotional power in a dinner ceremony and day-long event. The event is not open to the public. The trip will include round-trip airfare, hotel, and attendance to this extraordinary event.
  • Second prize: ACUI voucher for $1,500 that can be used toward institutional membership, annual conference, seminars and webinars, ACUI bookstore, and any other ACUI products.
  • Third prize: One complimentary student registration to the 2010 Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD®).

“ACUI is again excited to be partnering with these organizations leading the way on an important social justice issue,” said ACUI Executive Director Marsha Herman-Betzen.
Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. The George Harrison Fund continues the former Beatles’ member’s legacy through its role in the campus challenge. In 1971, George Harrison helped organize two concerts at Madison Square Garden, which eventually raised over $15 million for the impoverished Bangladeshi people.