Saturday, October 29, 3-5pm
The Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations Association will host a Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF party Saturday, October 29, 3-5pm at the Peace Center.
The event will also celebrate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (October 24, 1945) and raise money to support UNICEF’s work helping refugee children. Today, as at its founding, the United Nations is working to provide peaceful alternatives to violence, to shelter refugees and to improve the quality of life for people all over the world. It’s a formidable job.
The U.N.'s refugee agency reports that the number of displaced people is at its highest ever -- surpassing even post- World War II numbers, when the world was struggling to come to terms with the most devastating event in history. The total at the end of 2015 reached 65.3 million -- or one out of every 113 people on Earth, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number represents a 5.8 million increase on the year before.
Students, community members, families and kids of all ages are invited to come in costume, enjoy some snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun. There is no charge for admission. However, guests are asked to contribute what you can to the big UNICEF jar at the center of the party (donations from $5-$25 [or more] per attendee will be greatly appreciated). UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, will use all the money raised to help refugee children around the world. People who want to do more, may sign up to receive a Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF box to collect more donations for UNICEF over Halloween and return them to the Albuquerque Chapter after Halloween.