Are you ready to bed down and snooze for UNICEF?
Thousands of kids from youth groups and schools are signing up to enjoy fun, friendship and fundraising at the world’s largest sleepover.
While most groups will be sleeping away from home in school halls and tents, the call has gone out to register soon to be in with a chance to spend the night in one of the special sleepover venues, including Alton Towers, LEGOLAND discovery centres, York Dungeons, Trentham Monkey Forest, London Zoo and Dundee Science Centre.
Registration is simple, schools and youth groups can register via the website www.giantsleepover.com and will receive access to an exclusive leader’s guide to help plan their event and the delivery of a Treasure Chest full of goodies for their sleepover.
Parents of those taking part can also text in their £2 Every Child Counts Fee and be in with the chance to win two sets of Soccer Aid family tickets (2 adults and 2 children). The deadline for the ticket draw is Monday 21st May, with the winners receiving tickets courtesy of UNICEF, to watch two teams of celebrities and football legends captained by Robbie Williams and Michael Sheen, compete for the Soccer Aid trophy, at Old Trafford, Manchester on 27th May.
All proceeds from The Giant Sleepover events go directly to UNICEF to support their work with children. This year the focus is to help save children’s lives by giving families insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Providing one net costs just £4 and by attending a Giant Sleepover event in association with UNICEF UK, kids can have fun and help save lives.
A UNICEF spokesperson said, “UNICEF are delighted to be working in partnership with The Giant Sleepover, as the sun never sets on our life saving work The Giant Sleepover is the perfect platform for us to engage in unifying children around the world to raise vital funds to help the most vulnerable children thrive and survive.”
Sandie Dinning, one of the founders of the Giant Sleepover said, “Our ambition is to harness the power of mass participation to bring young people together for a memorable event, where they can have fun, raise funds and make a difference. We hope this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet!”
How to register
To register simply log onto www.giantsleepover.com and click on the ‘register now’ button. The registration process is quick and efficient and once registered you will have exclusive access to a whole range of leader’s support documents to help in organising your event.
All participants will receive a Giant Sleepover ‘Goodie Bag’ and a UNICEF AIR DROP BOX containing fun things to do on the night.
It costs £20 per group regardless of size and £2 per child to participate all funds payable to UNICEF
The Giant Sleepover
The first Giant Sleepover event took place in 2003 setting a Guinness World record for the Largest Simultaneous sleepover with 8280 participants in 228 locations.
This year a new way of paying the Every Child Counts fee is being trialled with parents being offered the opportunity to text their £2 direct to UNICEF for their child to participate in The Giant Sleepover event and to ensure they receive their goody bag on the night.
The hottest sleepover ever recorded was 40C in Delhi, India in 2006. The coldest was in the Falkland Islands at -5C. The most northerly in the UK was the Faroe Isles and the most southerly was at BT Goonhilly in Devon. The scariest sleepover took place in the London Dungeons.
The Giant Sleepover is supported by the Parent Teacher Association, Girlguiding UK, The Boys and Girls Brigades, Sea cadets, St John Ambulance and sporting associations including The Football Association and The England and Wales Cricket Board.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation focusing on children and child rights, with a presence in more than 190 countries and territories. UNICEF is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.
UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
In many parts of Africa the night time is a dangerous time for children. When children go to sleep they're at risk of contracting malaria, a killer disease. Malaria is carried by mosquitoes, which are most active during the night. And it kills one child every 45 seconds. The solution is not complicated or expensive. Lives can be saved by giving families insecticide-treated mosquito nets which cost just £4 each.
Attend a Giant Sleepover and raise funds for UNICEF who can use the money raised to buy mosquito nets to stop children in Africa dying from malaria.
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