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March 2002 Vol. 17, No. 3   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Get Rid of Your Pesos and Help the Kids

from the March, 2002 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

In a box in my drawer sits Kina from Papua New Guinea, Swiss Francs, Fiji, Belize and Australian dollars, Scottish Pounds, Kenya Shillings, Australian dollars, Mexican Pesos, Venezuelan Bolivars and hundreds of coins left over from my travels. They gather dust and take up space.

No more. UNICEF, in partnership with several international airlines, accepts any and all foreign bills and coins including European money replaced by Euro dollars , converting them into lifesaving supplies and services for the worlds neediest children. Since 1991, more than $31 million has been raised through the Change for Good program. For example, more than one billion people are without access to safe water; 2.5 billion people are without access to sanitation. $2 in foreign change, for example, could buy 30 oral rehydration packets (a lifesaving mixture of salt and sugar to treat dehydration from diarrhea), or 25 immunization syringes, or enough high-dose vitamin A to protect 50 toddlers from blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency.

Clear out that drawer and send your money to Travelex America, Attn.: Jessica Lynch Change for Good for UNICEF., JFK Airport, Terminal 4 IAT Jamaica, NY 11430 . Travelex, the currency dealer at JFK, us authorized to collect fund for UNICEF. You can also can donate unused foreign currency at 100 Travelex and Thomas Cook sites nationwide, using special Change for Good collection envelopes. For more information visit: www.unicefusa.org/donation/change.html.

Ben Davison

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