MSC CRUISES’ PARTNERSHIP WITH UNICEF SURPASSES THE €8 MILLION CONTRIBUTION MARK 08/05/2018 To-date the lives of over 81,000 children and their families in Africa have been impacted thanks to the funds raised through MSC Cruises’ guests contributions
Geneva, Switzerland, 8 April 2018 – MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise company and leading cruise line in Europe and South America, has announced today that to date it has raised more than €8 million for UNICEF thanks to the generous contributions of its guests. The funds raised are used to provide malnourished children with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) such as Plumpy’ Nut® and to date more than 6.5 million sachets of RUTF have been delivered to children in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia and Malawi. Continue reading “MSC CRUISES’ PARTNERSHIP WITH UNICEF SURPASSES THE €8 MILLION”
MSC CRUISES’ PARTNERSHIP WITH UNICEF SURPASSES THE €6.5 MILLION CONTRIBUTION MARK 05/04/2017 To-date the lives of nearly 67,000 children and their families have been impacted thanks to the funds raised through MSC Cruises’ guests contributions and delivery of much needed essential supplies
Geneva, Switzerland, 05 April 2017 – MSC Cruises S.A, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, has announced today that to date it has raised more than €6.5 million for UNICEF thanks to the generous contributions of its guests. The funds raised are used to provide malnourished children with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) such as Plumpy’ Nut® and to date more than two million sachets of RUTF have been delivered to children in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia and Malawi. The Company has also recently dispatched six contain Continue reading “MSC CRUISES’ PARTNERSHIP WITH UNICEF”
UNICEF PARTNERSHIP WITH MSC CRUISES REACHES THE €4MILLION CONTRIBUTION MARK 28/09/2015 CEREMONY AND CELEBRATIONS HELD YESTERDAY AT EXPO MILANO 2015 IN THE PRESENCE OF HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN
Geneva, Switzerland, 28 September 2015 – MSC Cruises S.A., the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe as well as in South America and South Africa, announced yesterday that, in the framework of its partnership with UNICEF, €4million were raised to-date on board its ships around the globe. In conjunction with this, at a ceremony held at Expo Milano 2015 yesterday, in the presence of UNICEF and MSC Cruises executives, hundreds of children and other stakeholders as well as Expo visitors from all over the world, the symbolic cheque for €4million was handed over to Philippe Baud, Deputy Director of UNICEF Switzerland by MSC Cruises’ Daniela Picco, Head of Strategic Partnerships .
MSC CRUISES RENEWS THE ‘GET ON BOARD FOR CHILDREN’ INITIATIVE WITH UNICEF
Started in 2009, MSC’s collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has contributed in building hope for children in need around the world. In the past four years, as part of the MSC Cruises’ “Get on Board for Children” initiative, and thanks to the generosity of MSC Cruises’ guests, more than €2.8m were donated to UNICEF in Brazil to combat poverty and inequality by helping ensure children in 126 vulnerable communities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo achieve access to a quality education.
1 January 2014 saw the start of a new life-saving partnership between MSC Cruises and UNICEF aiming at providing assistance to malnourished children by delivering Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)– like Plumpy’Nut®– to treat severe malnutrition in developing countries and in countries affected by crisis situations.
Malnutrition and famine claim the lives of over a million children every year and stunt the physical and mental development of many more. Severe acute malnutrition has traditionally required hospitalisation, however RUTFs can be eaten straight from the sachet: they can be given to children without being mixed in water, so they can work in any situation, at home and without medical supervision.
“Around three sachets a day for four to six weeks can put a child out of harm’s way and with the generosity of our on board guests we will do our best to save and improve as many lives as possible“ declared Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. “MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates, and as such we are proud to have strengthened our partnership with UNICEF. Together, we can make a difference”.
”We are delighted with our long-standing partnership with MSC Cruises. It makes a significant contribution to improving living conditions for thousands of children”, said Elsbeth Müller, Executive Director of UNICEF Switzerland. “We are impressed that passengers donate one Euro to UNICEF at check-out. Their donation helps ensure that children grow up healthily and have a promising future. Thank you very much for this great commitment”.
By donating just € 1 (or US$ 1,50) to “Get on Board for Children” MSC guests can help buying three meals of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food. A full treatment to save a child’s life in four to six weeks costs approximately €42.
In addition to donations received from guests, MSC Cruises will also organise edutainment activities for children on board, raising awareness about UNICEF’s work and children’s needs around the world.