July 5, 2017

Peel board staff and students raise more than $21,000 to support the famine relief fund for children and families in parts of Africa

​Peel District School Board staff, students and families raised $21,525 in support of the UNICEF famine relief fund as part of a board-wide Toonie Tuesday campaign on June 13. The Government of Canada's Famine Relief Fund will match the donation meaning it will have twice the impact. 

"When something happens in another part of the world, our staff, students and school community are quick to respond and always prepared to help," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "I would like to extend a sincere thanks to all of our dedicated staff, students and families for their generous donations and for working together to support this cause."

Schools and worksites collected donations by encouraging students and staff to donate what they could for children and families affected by malnutrition in parts of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

"We are very grateful to have such amazing supporters at the Peel District School Board and appreciate their efforts to take on this campaign to help children affected by the food crisis," says Richard DeLisle, development officer at UNICEF. "Donations will help provide essential micronutrients and life-saving treatments to the 1.4 million children affected."

A $2 donation will provide treatment for a child suffering from dehydration.  A $5 donation will begin life-saving treatment for a child suffering from the most severe form of malnutrition. A $10 donation will provide two months of essential micronutrients for four children to help prevent malnutrition.

The Peel board serves more than 153,000 students in 253 schools across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga and is the largest employer in Peel Region. For more information about the Peel board, visit www.peelschools.org.

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Media contact: Tony Pontes, Director of Education, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2006, tony.pontes@peelsb.com

Reference: Nikki Johal, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, nikki.johal@peelsb.com

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