For every child, A Happy New Year: UNICEF Australia joins with City of Sydney as its charity partner for New Year’s Eve celebrations

SYDNEY, 5 November 2017 – UNICEF Australia is delighted to be joining with the City of Sydney as its charity partner for New Year’s Eve 2017, as part of its efforts to bring people together in a movement for good to help children around the world.
“This has been a year of challenges for many people, especially children. As the world’s leading children’s organisation, UNICEF is committed to making life better for the many millions of children in need. Our partnership with the City of Sydney is a chance to highlight their plight and to do what we can to ensure a fair chance for every child, and a happier new year,” said UNICEF Australia CEO Tony Stuart.
Despite huge progress over recent decades globally according to the latest data:
  • 16,000 children under 5 die every day from preventable, treatable diseases – that’s 11 children every minute
  • 264 million children are out of school
  • 385 million children live in extreme poverty 
A major focus of UNICEF’s work in this region is bringing relief to more than 350,000 Rohingya children who have fled conflict in Myanmar for the safety of neighbouring Bangladesh, in just over three months. UNICEF is working around the clock to protect these children, providing them with life-saving vaccines, clean water, and safe and happy places to play. We are also focused on educating the hundreds of thousands of children caught up in this crisis.
The latest census figures show Sydney has the largest overseas born population of anywhere in the country. Nationally nearly half of Australians were either born overseas or their parents were. Of the 6m plus people born overseas, nearly one in five arrived since 2012. 
“Sydney is a global city we are tremendously proud to be partnering with,” said Tony Stuart. “New Year’s Eve is a wonderful opportunity for us all to come together for reflection and appreciation. It’s also a time to restore hope for a better future for children both in our backyard and around the world – to give them something to smile about.”
In the run up to New Year’s Eve UNICEF will be sharing stories from children globally who we have supported in 2017.
Giant images of children will also be displayed on the pylons of Sydney’s world famous harbour bridge on the evening of 31 December, to remind revellers of our goal to ensure every child has a fair chance and a Happy New Year.
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For more information contact:
Charlotte Glennie, UNICEF Australia, +61420 407 886,
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. 
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