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Anne Curtis’ Color Run earns PHP7.5 million for UNICEF’s children with disabilities program

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis (left) hands over the proceeds of The Color Run Dream to UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander (right).

MAKATI CITY, 24 November 2017—UNICEF today received PHP7.5 million from its Celebrity Advocate for Children and pursuer of dreams Anne Curtis to help children with disabilities throughout the Philippines. It is estimated that one out of seven children or around five million are living with disabilities that range from hearing, visual, and mobility impairment including those who have development or learning disabilities.

The generous donation was raised through funds collected from The Color Run Dream held last September 3 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds which saw some 10,000 runners joining the first ever Color Run in the Philippines.

“This is the biggest amount we have raised so far for UNICEF and it’s only going to get bigger and better in the coming years. Through Dream Machine and everyone’s support, we can all do our part to help the most disadvantaged children in our country,” says Anne Curtis.

“Anne never fails to amaze us with her dedication and commitment to do more for children. On top of everything she has going on, she makes the time to sit down with us and think of ways to gather more support for children in need. We cannot thank her enough. We also want to thank all the runners and children who supported the Color Run—you are all champions for children!” says UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander.

Sylwander adds, “All the funds raised will help children with disabilities get a fair chance in life. That means getting access to facilities and health services or prosthetics and therapy in major hubs in the country.”

By end of 2017, UNICEF, in partnership with University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital, will open the first of four, one-stop shops for Children with Disabilities to provide comprehensive services such as diagnosis, provision of assistive devices, counselling, referral, and therapy. The three other centers will be built in major cities where more children and families can easily access these services.



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