In Lieu of Accepting Gifts, UNICEF Ambassador Milano Encourages Friends, Family and Fans to Donate
NEW YORK, NY (April 11, 2011) – In support of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Child Survival Programs, Ambassador Alyssa Milano launches babybugliari.org to allow fans, friends and family to raise funds in lieu of giving gifts for the upcoming birth of her baby boy. All funds raised will assist UNICEF in its efforts to reach children with the greatest needs around the globe.
“I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of support for the birth of my child and wanted to find a way to help mothers and children who face a very different reality than I do. With every $5 donation, UNICEF can provide assistance to children in developing countries so they can grow to be healthy, happy and strong – which is exactly what we want for our child,” said UNICEF Ambassador Alyssa Milano.
When people visit babybugliari.org, they can click the “donate” button to be directed to UNICEF’s donation form online. People can use this form to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation to support the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Child Survival Programs worldwide. If preferred, people can print the form and send donations by mail, or call 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437) to donate by phone.
Funds raised will enable UNICEF to reach as many children as possible with effective, low-cost solutions. In many impoverished countries, childbirth still carries a high level of risk. For instance, newborn babies and mothers continue to die from maternal neonatal tetanus, a disease that can easily be prevented through a round of immunizations that costs as little as $1.80. Other UNICEF activities that help expectant mothers and their children include:
• Providing a comprehensive package of health and nutrition services;
• Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and offering antiretroviral
treatment for HIV positive women and their babies;
• Distributing insecticide treated mosquito nets and oral rehydration salts;
• Providing access to improved water and sanitation, and helping communities
adopt improved hygiene practices, especially during childbirth. Clean water
for hygiene and drinking is essential for safe delivery;
• Improving access to skilled health personnel at delivery.
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in more than 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.
UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress: the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008. But still, 22,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.
For additional information, please contact:
Marci Greenberg, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 212-922-2464, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Monahan, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 212-880-9136, email@example.com