William and Kate Visit UNICEF Supply Centre

Prince William and new new bride Kate, made a special visit to UNICEF’s Emergency Supply Centre in Copenhagen, helping to put the spotlight back on the humanitarian crisis in East Africa. With so many people facing not only a drought but also high food prices and conflict, over 320,000 children in Somalia are at severe risked of starving to death without urgent help.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Supply Centre in Copenhagen in the company of Frederik and Mary, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark. The warehouse itself is huge, almost the same size of three football pitches! Stored there are all the essential supplies that are transported across the globe to help UNICEF charity workers carry out their front line work where it’s needed most, including food, water, vaccines and emergency medical kits.

UNICEF Australia’s Executive Director, Dr Norman Gillespie, said –

UNICEF is working tirelessly to ensure that children’s lives can be saved across East Africa. Every day UNICEF is able to supply children are being given food and water thanks to the huge generosity of the public all around the world. But there is so much more to be done. As we speak more than 320,000 children are in grave danger and need life-saving emergency supplies, like those being shipped and airlifted from our warehouse today. UNICEF Australia sincerely thanks the public and our government for the compassionate response they have shown towards the children of East Africa. Your donations are saving children’s lives. However, millions more children continue to need life saving assistance and UNICEF intends to be there for every child.

UNICEF charity officials are working hard in Somalia, and have already delivered 10,000 metric tonnes of supplies to the Horn of Africa, whilst also carrying out  –

  • 1.2 million vaccinations against measles
  • Provided 2.2 million people with safe water
  • Given 48,000 children access to child-friendly spaces

The support from the Australian public has so been amazing, with the government also agreeing to match every dollar donated through UNICEF during the month of  November 2011. With the region gripped by the worst drought in decades, more needs to be done to help the children who are in desperate need of urgent assistance.

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