April 28, 2015

Peel board declares May 1 as Toonie Friday to support Nepal earthquake relief effort

​The Peel District School Board is encouraging staff, students and parents to lend a helping hand on May 1, 2015 for victims of the Nepal earthquake. All funds raised during the Toonie Friday event will be donated to UNICEF Canada and matched by the Government of Canada. The funds will help them continue to provide relief to the families and children affected by the devastating earthquake. ​

“When something happens in another part of the world, we are always ready to do our part in helping others,” says Tony Pontes, director of education at the Peel board. “It is important to emphasize global citizenship to our students and help those in need. We know that we are part of such a giving community and are confident that our campaign will be successful.” 

UNICEF Canada is already on the ground in Kathmandu, Nepal, providing relief to earthquake victims, including nearly a million children. Donations will go towards purchasing medical supplies, and providing clean water and shelter for families displaced in this disaster. If just 25 students bring a toonie each, that $50 can provide 20 litres of therapeutic ​milk to children in need. 

The Peel board serves more than 153,000 students in 246 schools across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga and is the largest employer in Peel Region. For more information about the Peel board please visit www.peelschools.org. 

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Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected] 

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