Today, on World Humanitarian Day (19th August 2011), young fundraisers across the UK will be putting in the time and effort to raise money for UNICEF UK’s ‘It’s Time to Share’ appeal for starving children suffering across drought-ridden East Africa.

  • From Monday, four-year-old Evie Bryant from Chesham, Buckinghamshire is swimming one length of her local pool every day for a week without armbands or a woggle. 
  • Seven children from Bournemouth are doing a 1 mile sponsored walk from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier with their parents on Bank Holiday Monday. They said ‘that’s a long way for our little legs but not as long as the 30 day walk some of the little people in Africa have to walk to find food and shelter.’ 
  • Six-year-old Alfie Arthur from Stroud, Gloucestershire is putting on a puppet show next month about ‘The Animal’s search for food’ written by his aunt and performed for family, school friends and supporters. Alfie wants ‘all children to be as lucky as me’. 

Evie’s mum Sascha said, “Evie has been very concerned about the crying children on TV and wanted to help them by sending them her dinner! I explained that this wouldn’t be possible so has she decided to do a sponsored swim for UNICEF instead in the hope of making the children smile again. I’ve done lots of sponsored runs in the past for charity so I think that’s where she got the idea from.”

Evie said, “I have decided to raise money because I want to make the children smile again. It’s sad to see them crying. I really like swimming and I’m going to swim without armbands or a woggle!”

Julie Weston, UNICEF UK Deputy Executive Director, said, “Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we must applaud children in the UK, like Evie and Alfie, for sharing their time to help children in East Africa. The clock is ticking for children in Somalia where right now a girl or boy is dying from hunger every six minutes.”

“The money that Evie and others raise will help UNICEF feed weak and starving children and prevent more from dying. I am sincerely grateful to these little humanitarians for doing their bit to help. By sharing a little of what we have, we can all save children’s lives.”

Following the worst drought for 50 years, malnourished children desperately need help. UNICEF is the biggest provider of life-saving food for malnourished children in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti but needs more funds to make sure children across East Africa get the food, clean water and healthcare they need to survive for the next six months.

To give £5 and help UNICEF feed a child for a week please text the word SHARE to 78866 or donate online at

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For further information and photos please contact Alicia Jones, UNICEFUK Media Officer, on +44 (0)20 375 6117 or +44 (0) 7738 014271 or


To donate to the children’s UNICEF UK fundraising ventures please see below:

Evie Bryant:

Alfie Arthur:

Children in Bournmouth:   


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