Day for Change 2016

Day for Change is Unicef UK’s annual fundraising campaign. It's back, bigger and better than ever. Day for Change is an easy way to fundraise and is open to any school that wants to support Unicef's work to protect the children of Syria. 

The conflict in Syria has now raged for over five years, placing over 8 million children in terrible danger. It is the largest humanitarian crisis since World War Two. Children's worlds have been turned upside down by this brutal conflict. So many have lost family, friends and schools, and have been forced to flee their homes.

How can my school get involved?

The challenge is to get your school to collect as much loose change as possible by hosting any kind of fundraising activity, such as a non-uniform day, a cake sale or bring-a-pound day.

If organising an event isn't for you, you can still get involved in Day for Change. Whether you’re a pupil, teacher or parent, all you need to do is collect your spare change from around the house, down the side of the sofa, your pockets – and anywhere else you can think of.

The big change drop-off day will be on Friday 13 May, but you can fundraise whenever suits your school’s diary.

To make your fundraising go even further, the UK government will double your school’s donation, helping us reach even more Syrian children in danger. Schools fundraising for Syria will be matched until Friday 22 July, 2016.

What resources will my school receive?

Every school that registers for Day for Change will be sent their welcome pack, which includes a how-to-guide and lots of other useful fundraising resources. You will find a selection of these resources online.

Schools have access to a suite of online learning resources to help teach pupils about the experience of Syrian children, the impact of the conflict on their lives and how collecting change will keep them safe. 

Where will my school’s change go?

By donating your change today you can help keep even more Syrian children safe from danger. 

  • £8 can supply high-energy food for a malnourished child for one week.
  • £26 can pay for a winter kit for a child, including a hat, scarf, gloves, thermal wear, winter boots, underwear and a baby quilt.
  • £100 can provide support for three children who have suffered the distress of war.

How can my school send in donations for Day for Change?

Once you have registered online, you will receive a welcome letter with your fundraising pack. This letter will include a unique paying-in slip as well as instructions on how to send in your donations.

If you have not received a welcome letter with a paying-in slip, please complete our sending in your money form (PDF) and email it to, stating when you transferred your donations.

For more information on how to get involved, please email or call us on 0300 330 5580.

If you're not part of a school, but you would like to get involved in Day for Change, find out more here.

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Fundraise with your school by joining Day for Change  Photo: Unicef/2016
Fundraise with your school by joining Day for Change.Photo: Unicef/2016