UNICEF Gala Promotes Better Parenting
UNICEF Gala 2009, the marathon 1 June telethon on TVR1 featuring dozens of celebrities and young artists, raised a total of USD 220,000 for the promotion and expansion of parenting programmes in Romania.
The money was raised through EUR 5 and 10 calls made through the Romtelecom network and through EUR 2 text messages sent by Orange and Vodafone mobile users, as well as through pledges made during the show. Four publishing houses donated books for children and parents worth a total of USD 42,500.
The show was hosted by Andreea Marin Bănică, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Romania, and entertainer Dan Bittman, and was attended by prominent figures from the Romanian political, economic, cultural and sport scenes, as well as supporters and partners of UNICEF. Gheoghe Hagi, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, joined us in promoting good parenting and speaking about his own experience as a father.
The Romanian leadership’s strong commitment to the Better Parenting Initiative was demonstrated by the presence of the Prime Minister Emil Boc, President of the Senate “Good parenting means creating the best environment for a child’s development, including early stimulation and education. It means ensuring your child is properly nourished and cared for, is protected against disease and injury and is correctly treated when ill,” said Edmond McLoughney, UNICEF Romania Representative.Mircea Geoană, Health Minister Ion Bazac, Minister of Education Ecaterina Andronescu and Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea, all of whom were in the studio accepting donations from the public by telephone.
The theme selected for this year’s telethon was the improvement of parents’ skills, since good parenting is the main determinant of a child’s prospects of reaching his or her full potential in life.
UNICEF Romania would like to thank all the donors who joined our cause for better parenting.