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15 down, 85 to go

30 October 2006

15 down, 85 to go

15 meters down and 85 meters to go. ChildFund is collecting 5000 handprints on 100 meters of fabric to raise awareness of children living in poverty all over the world.

700 children showed their support over Labour Weekend as the 'Give Us a Hand' campaign had a very successful trial run.

This Sunday, as thousands more children descend on Auckland Zoo, ChildFund will be there to collect more handprints on its 100 meter banner.

The ChildFund campaign seeks to raise awareness that a child somewhere in the world dies every three seconds from hunger and preventable disease; diseases which New Zealand parents would not consider life-threatening.

ChildFund managing director Paul Brown says "There is so much we can do to help those in poverty, something as simple as putting your hand on a piece of canvas will help raise awareness that 30,000 children die every day from hunger and preventable diseases. 10 million
children a year."

The event will take place this Sunday 5 November, then again on successive Sundays
November 12 and 19. The banner will be unveiled on November 20, Universal Children's Day.

ChildFund works in over 54 countries worldwide and has helped over 11.4 million children and their families living in desperate poverty.

The event has been organised by a group of AUT public relations students.

ENDS


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