October 9, 2008

Clay Aiken encourages all to pledge to UNICEF

Posted in Musings tagged , , , at 7:58 am by myrlinn

Clay is fronting another appeal for UNICEF, urging everyone to come together to help stop preventable child deaths:

Did you know that approximately 25,000 children die each day before their fifth birthday, largely due to preventable causes? Thanks to organizations like UNICEF this number is getting smaller every day. Last year, the number of child deaths worldwide declined to about 9.2 million. In 1990, that number was 12.7 million. That’s definite progress, but that number should be zero.

To find out how to donate to UNICEF, check out the rest of Clay’s blog at:

http://fieldnotes.unicefusa.org/2008/10/clay_aiken_please_pledge_today_1.html

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July 10, 2008

Clay Aiken’s UNICEF blog on Somalia: Where is the outrage?

Posted in Musings tagged , , , , , , , at 8:27 am by myrlinn

Clay writes about his trip to Somalia in a UNICEF Fieldnotes blog — “Somalia: Where’s the Outrage?” (July 9, 2008   )

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken recently returned from Somalia, where UNICEF provides children in the war-torn nation with health care, education, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. This is the first in a series of blog posts he will write about his experience in the field.

I recently returned from a UNICEF field visit that took me to northwest Somalia. What I saw there was both amazing and heartbreaking. In many ways, the children I was able to meet are doing better than their counterparts in the rest of Somalia. But in other respects, the situation there is still quite serious….

For the rest of the blog, go here: http://fieldnotes.unicefusa.org/2008/07/where_is_the_outrage_1.html

Clay in Somalia 1

Clay in Somalia 2

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Clay talks about his UNICEF trip to Afghanistan in an interview for the Sun-Sentinel (Celebrity travel: Go away with Clay Aiken, July 6, 2008 ).

A couple of snippets from the article:

A former teacher, Aiken was appointed UNICEF ambassador in 2004. Between touring and making field visits for UNICEF, Aiken has seen a good chunk of the world. But he says he will never forget the beauty and grace of Afghanistan and its people.

SIGHTSEEING: I enjoy seeing real life. I don’t really care so much about going to see all the famous sites. They’re very nice and I appreciate them when I do see them, but I don’t go out of my way to check out all the monuments. I really like to get a feel for what it would be like to live in whatever country I’m in. I was able to do that a little bit in Afghanistan. People were just so real and natural

Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/travel/sfl-0706celebtravel,0,6215686.story

July 4, 2008

Lucy Liu, Clay Aiken, Nicole Ritchie, Al Roker among celebrities on CNN’s “The Survival Project” coming Sun/Mon

Posted in Television tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:20 am by myrlinn

Something to watch out for this weekend

The Survival Project: One Child at a Time (CNN)

in the US: Sunday, July 6, 8 pm and 11 pm (ET);

and according to the Starhub Programme Guide,
in Singapore: Monday, July 7, 8 am and 6 pm, on CNN Channel 14.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME:

The Survival Project: One Child at a Time
A historic global broadcast on CNN and CNN International

NEW YORK, June 23, 2008  — Tune in to CNN on Sunday, July 6 at 8 and 11 pm (ET), when CNN will explore why 26,000 children die every day from preventable causes, and what UNICEF doing to save young lives.

CNN will highlight four areas where UNICEF demonstrates its remarkable on-the-ground expertise in doing whatever it takes to save a child:

  • Child protection in Iraq
  • Water and sanitation in Laos
  • HIV/AIDS in Peru
  • Child survival interventions in Ethiopia

FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.unicefusa.org/news/news-from-the-field/the-survival-project.html

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‘The Survival Project’: CNN programme shines spotlight on UNICEF work

NEW YORK, USA, 3 July 2008 – UNICEF will be the focus of a special global broadcast on CNN and CNN International this Sunday.

The Survival Project: One Child at a Time will feature work that UNICEF is doing to protect and support children in countries such as Laos, Iraq, Ethiopia and Peru.

The broadcast will also feature UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu and musician Joel Madden as panellists speaking about their experiences with UNICEF. Other celebrities – including Clay Aiken, Nicole Ritchie, Al Roker and Marcus Samuelsson – will appear in video diaries about their volunteer work, encouraging viewers to join the fight for child survival.

“As many as 9.7 million children die each year before their fifth birthday, largely due to preventable causes like measles, malaria and diarrhoea. That is 26,000 children every day,” said US Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. “We’re extremely grateful to see the world’s top news network not only highlighting the difficulties facing children’s survival, but moreover, challenging its audience to put an end to this injustice.”

FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.unicef.org/childsurvival/index_44700.html