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Record Income For Save The Children New Zealand

Record Income For Save The Children New Zealand

Save the Children New Zealand announced last night a record income of over $9 million for 2003/04 at its 56th Annual General Meeting in Wellington.

President of the organisation Martin Hawes thanked Save the Children New Zealand supporters, volunteers and the NZ Government for contributing to the sum, which over the course of the year had helped vulnerable children in 24 countries, including New Zealand.

“In a world where children continue to go hungry, where they are victims of preventable disease, where they are abused and exploited, or denied access to education, Save the Children New Zealand is making a difference,” said Mr Hawes. “It is our role to continue the fight for children’s rights and keep this enormous challenge in the hearts and minds of everyone who can bring about positive change.” CEO of the International Save the Children Alliance, Burkhard Gnärig, congratulated Save the Children New Zealand in his keynote address at the AGM last night.

“Save the Children New Zealand is making a valuable contribution towards putting children’s safety and future at the top of our global agenda,” said Mr Gnärig. “Children have probably never faced greater insecurity and threats to their protection and survival as they do now. Over 90 per cent of casualties and deaths in modern warfare are civilians, of which over half are children. In the last decade alone, two million children have died as a direct result of armed conflict and over six million others have been disabled, seriously injured or traumatised.”

Save the Children New Zealand funds 55 sustainable development projects offshore, the majority of which are long term projects, in addition to providing emergency assistance and managing a domestic programme.

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