May 12, 2005

WEBSITES / PROJECTS: Habbohotel 'UNICEF Bus' - UNICEF-Comité Español

<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>SOURCE: UNICEF Spain</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0> <TBODY> <TR vAlign=top> <TD width="100%"><B><FONT face=Verdana color=#0080ff>Habbohotel 'UNICEF Bus' - UNICEF-Comité Español</FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR vAlign=top> <TD width="100%"><FONT face=Verdana size=1><BR></FONT><B><FONT face=Verdana color=#800000 size=1></FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR vAlign=top> <TD width="100%"><I><FONT face=Verdana size=2>MADRID, 9-5-2005 (UNICEF-COMITÉ ESPAÑOL)</FONT></I></TD></TR> <TR vAlign=top> <TD width="100%"><FONT face=Verdana size=1><BR></FONT><B><FONT face=Verdana color=#800000 size=1></FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR vAlign=top> <TD width="100%"><FONT face=Verdana size=2>The Habbohotel ?UNICEF Bus? completed its first year last Friday, April 29th. In order to celebrate this first anniversary, UNICEF created a series of activities and chats concerning ?Sports for Development?, accompanied by a forum on the website </FONT><U><FONT face=Verdana color=#0000ff size=2></FONT></U><FONT face=Verdana size=2> (Website of the program of Education for Development for UNICEF-Spanish Committee). The theme also coincides with 2005 being the International Year for Physical Education and Sport. <BR></FONT><BR><FONT face=Verdana size=2>UNICEF and Habbohotel created an alliance in order to carry out chats with young people about important themes such as education or development. Now, thousands of children visit the site to participate in this virtual community, supervised 24 hours a day by a volunteer staff from both Habbohotel and UNICEF, creating a safe environment. Children can get on the ?Bus? for 15 minute chats about given themes. </FONT><BR><BR><FONT face=Verdana size=2>The special program ?Sports for Development? began April 27 and will extend until May 27. It seeks to create a setting where children can debate themes such as the importance of sports in the psychological recovery of the thousands of children affected by wars and natural disasters, the benefits of sports for your health, values that will help you be better people, or themes discussing discrimination because of gender, handicap, or race. Activities taking place include the chats, games, quizzes, and news related to sports and UNICEF strategies to promote development and peace through sports. </FONT><BR><BR><FONT face=Verdana size=2>Each week, there will be a famous athlete in the ?Bus? to chat with the children, telling their experiences in sport. Recently, Andrés Guerrero joined as the first celebrity to participate in the initiative. He is responsible for education for development for UNICEF in New York and is currently the Programs Official for UNICEF?s regional office in Geneva. Past participants include actor Imanol Arias, singer Seydu, and the Executive Director of the UNICEF-Spanish National Committee, Jaime Gómez-Pineda. </FONT><BR><BR><FONT face=Verdana size=2>In addition to Guerrero, the Bus has invited Martín Vázquez, an ex-football player and member of the Special Olympics; the Atlético de Madrid football player Fernando Torres, and two UNICEF Spain Ambassadors: the ex football player Eusebio Sacristán, and the basketball player Pau Gasol.</FONT><BR><BR><FONT face=Verdana size=2>In its first year, the ?UNICEF Bus? has hosted discussions with more than 4,200 children and adolescents in a series of 458 educational chats. </FONT><FONT face=Arial size=4></FONT></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><BR></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>_________________________________________</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Chris Schuepp<BR>Young People's Media Network - Coordinator<BR>c/o ECMC (European Centre for Media Competence)<BR>Bergstr. 8 / 10th floor<BR>D-45770 Marl - Germany</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Tel.: +49 2365 502480<BR>Mobile: +49 176 23107083<BR>Fax: +49 12126 23107083<BR>Email: <A href=""></A><BR>URL: <A href=""></A><BR>Mailing list: <A href=""></A></FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>The YPMN is supported by UNICEF and hosted by the ECMC.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>The opinions and views expressed in this message and/or articles &amp; websites linked to from this message do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.<BR>_________________________________________</FONT></DIV>

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