Tens of thousands of kids from youth groups and schools are signing up to enjoy fun, friendship and fundraising at the world’s largest sleepover.
Are you ready to bed down and snooze for charity?
On World Malaria Day, The Giant Sleepover is delighted to announce its association with UNICEF for the 2012 event taking place on the 16th and 17th June. Tens of thousands of kids from youth groups and schools are signing up to enjoy fun, friendship and fundraising at the world’s largest sleepover.
“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.” UNICEF
Registered groups will be sleeping away from home in school halls, tents and even across the lake from the spooky Alton Towers ruins! All proceeds from the event go directly to UNICEF to support their work with children. This year the focus is to help save children’s lives by giving families an insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Providing one net costs just £4 and by attending a Giant Sleepover in association with UNICEF UK, kids can have fun and help save lives.
Registration is simple schools and youth groups can register via the website www.giantsleepover.com And by popular demand although with a new name to reflect our partnership with UNICEF every group will receive an AIR DROP BOX containing a goodie bag for all participants.
Fun activities on offer include cookery, sports, crafts, story-telling, midnight feasts and treasure hunts. Each group will also receive their very own mosquito net and exclusive UNICEF story and activity to help them understand how their sleepover is helping children across the world.
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
For email enquiries contact: Lucy@giantsleepover.com
Or telephone: 01202 311644
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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.
- The 25th April is World Malaria Day.
- 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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