April 7, 2014

Peel board students, staff raise nearly $250,000 to support children in need

During two board-wide fundraising campaigns, Peel District School Board students and staff raised $248,290 in support of UNICEF Canada’s relief efforts in the Philippines and Syria. Schools planned a variety of fundraisers, raising $236,417 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan and $12,222 for children in Syria. David Morley, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada, attended the regular meeting of the board on April 7 to provide an update on UNICEF's efforts.

"UNICEF Canada is extremely grateful for the generous support and ongoing commitment from the Peel District School Board. Together with its schools and communities, the Peel board has raised an incredible $248,290 in 2013, so that UNICEF can immediately provide life saving support to children in the Philippines, and in Syria,” said Morley. "The Peel board has been a long-time supporter of UNICEF’s work and has raised more than $1 million in the last five years alone to support children affected by emergencies."

"Our students, staff and families are always quick to respond when disaster strikes in other areas of the world," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "The dedication to help those in need is impressive, and I extend a sincere thanks to all of our staff and students for pitching in and working together for this cause."
The Peel board serves more than 153,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12. Operating 242 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel. For more information, visit www.peelschools.org.

Media contact: Brian Woodland, Director of Communications & Community Relations Support Services, 905-890-1010 ext. 2812 or [email protected]

Reference: Anne-Marie Brown, Communications Officer, 905-890-1010, ext. 2626 or [email protected]



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