Greta Thunberg Donates $100,000 Prize Money To UNICEF’s Pandemic Relief
Greta Thunberg has donated $100,000 prize money to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help fight the ongoing outbreak.
Danish non-governmental organisation Human Act awarded Thunberg with the money in recognition of her global activism, which has seen her lead millions of young people in school strikes and challenge world leaders for their lack of action against climate change.
Rather than keep the money for her own initiatives, the 17-year-old activist used it to launch a child-rights driven campaign in support of UNICEF’s efforts to address the outbreak. and protect children from the direct and knock-on consequences of the virus.
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Abdoul and seven-year-old Francesca take an important walk together to measure her oxygen saturation in the time of #COVID19. The UNICEF Intersos health team conducts mobile clinics that provide basic health care and information to refugee and migrant children and families living in informal settlements in Rome, Italy. #AChildIsAChild © UNICEF/UNI319140/Romenzi
Human Act matched the donation and helped kick off the campaign with a grand total of $200,000.
Proceeds from the initiative will go directly towards UNICEF’s emergency programmes to fight the outbreak and provide essential items such as soap, masks, gloves, hygiene kits and protective equipment to healthcare systems.
Hear Thunberg discuss the campaign below:
UNICEF will also ensure those in need receive the life-saving information and other support necessary to help them through the outbreak.
Thunberg commented on the donation in a press release, explaining:
Like the climate crisis, the [virus] is a child-rights crisis. It will affect all children, now and in the long-term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most.
I’m asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives, to protect health and continue education.
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Very honoured to receive Human Act Award. The prize money – 100 000 USD – will be donated to @unicef . Human Act will match this donation with an additional USD 100,000 for the total sum of USD 200,000. So today we are launching a joint global funding campaign – Let’s Move Humanity for Children in the Fight Against Coronavirus – to support UNICEF´s efforts to protect and save children’s lives during the corona crisis. The poorest and the most vulnerable people are always the hardest hit by a crisis. Just like the climate crisis, the consequences of the corona pandemic will be most damaging for children in poor countries, in the poorest neighborhoods and for those already in disadvantaged and vulnerable situations. More than 1,5 billion children are today affected by school closures. This has a direct effect on millions of children and young people’s possibilities to learn, to a lunch meal and get access to water and sanitation. More than 300 million school children rrely on schools as a source of daily nutrition. Millions of children do not have access to distance learning. The digital divide is an example of global inequalities that affects the most vulnerable children. Even if children so far generally have been spared the most severe symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, children's lives and heath are already at risk. This is mainly due to lack of access to healthcare services – both for children and pregnant women – because of vaccination campaigns being suspended as well as lack of nutrition. With the global health care services becoming overwhelmed there will be many additional child deaths in 2020. This is a global crisis and for millions of children the impact will be life long. We need to act now – for the sake of every child. The time is now, and we need your help to protect children. Donate today at https://uni.cf/fight-coronavirus (link in bio). Thank you!
Though children so far appear to have been less impacted by direct health effects of the virus, a report issued by the United Nations has warned that the outbreak is having a profound effect on the overall wellbeing of children.
Children across the globe are being affected by the socio-economic impacts and by the measures implemented to curb the spread of the virus.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore commented:
The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest struggle the world has seen in generations.
Children and young people are among the most severely impacted by the knock-on effects… so it is only natural that they would want to do something about it. Through her activism, Greta Thunberg has proven that young people are ready to take a stand and lead change in the world.
UNICEF is very pleased that Greta and her supporters have not only chosen to take a stand against this pandemic, but to do so in partnership with UNICEF.
UNICEF aims to reduce the impact of the virus by working with partners to ensure essential services continue while efforts to reduce the spread remain in place.
Essential services include ensuring access to key supplies and services and supporting governments with the procurement of PPE for health workers, as well as supporting distance learning opportunities, providing mental health and psychosocial support and helping maintain essential immunisation and other services for children.
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School strike week 88. Today we had planned a big global climate strike with millions taking part. But in an emergency you have to adapt and change your behaviour. The climate crisis is still ongoing and we must fight every crisis. #climatestrikeonline #StayAtHome #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate #flattenthecurve
As well as aiding UNICEF in the fight against the outbreak, Thunberg is continuing to raise awareness for the climate crisis through online platforms.
It’s okay to not panic about everything going on in the world right now. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization, click here.
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