Olivia Harrison visited Boston, Massachusetts in early October to address the 60th Annual Meeting of UNICEF National Committees and visit with children who participated in the groundbreaking UNICEF Kid Power (unicefkidpower.org) program last spring. During her visit, she met with local UNICEF leadership in Boston and served as the closing keynote speaker for the UNICEF meeting that brings together senior UN officials and UNICEF leaders from more than 40 countries around the world.
In her speech, she spoke about her experience with UNICEF and what she learned from George about philanthropy. She encouraged the group of 75 attendees to continue to come up with new and lasting ways of motivating people to support UNICEF’s work to put children first around the world, much like George used the Concert for Bangladesh and the copyrights from his Living in the Material World album for the higher good. She closed her speech with a reference to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and the Fund’s newest investment in UNICEF Kid Power, which allows kids to get active and save lives using the world’s first wearable-for-good™.
Following a standing ovation, Olivia traveled to the Morse School in nearby Cambridge, Mass. where she had the opportunity to meet students from one of the 216 schools in the Boston area who participated in UNICEF Kid Power (unicefkidpower.org) earlier this spring. Students from this school, and its sister school – the Kennedy Longfellow School – took more than 50 million steps in March 2015, which equates to 17,721 miles walked. Their steps unlocked 4,296 therapeutic food packets to help save malnourished children around the world, and one classroom from the Morse School took first place amongst all the schools that participated in UNICEF Kid Power month in Boston.
Upon arrival at the school, the students welcomed Olivia and other UNICEF Kid Power local sponsors. They broke into small groups to discuss elements of the program and how they were inspired to get active and save lives. The students shared creative ways that they increased their activity every day, including taking the stairs on the way to school, starting a walking club and playing games that make them move. The students thanked Olivia and the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF for bringing UNICEF Kid Power to their school. They noted that they hope to participate in the program again next spring.
This year, families in the U.S. can also join the UNICEF Kid Power team through the generous support of Disney, Star Wars: Force for Change and Target. For more information about the program and how to bring UNICEF Kid Power to a school near you, please visit unicefkidpower.org.