A photo of your empty plate could save a child’s life

SYDNEY, 5 October 2016 - UNICEF Australia is launching the #DonateYourDinner initiative to help more than 26 million children in Eastern and Southern Africa who are going hungry due to the impact of one of the worst droughts in decades.
 
The initiative asks Australians to help raise awareness by sharing a photo of their empty plate on social media and to help UNICEF respond to the crisis by donating the value of their meal via www.donateyourdinner.org
 
UNICEF Australia National Ambassador Carrie Bickmore is supporting the campaign and said, “I am lending my voice to this initiative because my own children are fortunate enough to have a nourishing dinner each night. Millions do not. I hope that together we can raise awareness and funds to help UNICEF provide urgently needed assistance to children and their families in Eastern and Southern Africa.”
 
Across the region, UNIECF is working to treat more than one million children for severe acute malnutrition, a major killer of children under five years old.
 
“One hungry child is one child too many,” said Tony Stuart, CEO of UNICEF Australia.
 
“In Eastern and Southern Africa, the equivalent of the population of Australia is wondering where their next meal is coming from and desperately need our help.”
 
The numbers are staggering and are likely to worsen as La Niña sweeps across countries already struggling with the El Niño-exacerbated drought.
 
Just $37 can provide therapeutic food to help bring a child back from the brink of severe acute malnutrition.
 
For young Marcelino in Angola, one of the affected countries, this food helped him to reach his first birthday when his mother took him to a UNICEF-supported clinic for treatment.
 
“Your donation means everything,” said Stuart. “Whether it be the value of a cheap and cheerful sandwich or a five-star meal, it can help feed a child and save a life.”
 
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Note to editors:
Countries affected include:
Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Photos and video are available for download here: http://uni.cf/29w1son
 
How to support:
Whether you’d never post a photo of your food or do it all the time, please #DonateYourDinner. Here’s all you need to do:
  • Share a photo of your empty plate after dinner to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #DonateYourDinner
  • Donate the value of your meal to children in crisis at donateyourdinner.org
  • Tag three friends and ask them to do the same.
How UNICEF is responding:
Together with partners and governments, UNICEF is working around the clock to reduce the impact on children. This includes the provision of therapeutic food, emergency medical care and access to mobile health services, vaccination drives, delivery of clean water and sanitation services, support for children’s education, support for HIV-affected communities with health services and protection and psychosocial services.
 
For more information, please contact:
Nicole Lawrence, UNICEF Australia, 0419 748 624, nlawrence@unicef.org.au

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org.au

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