Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, October 25, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- World Vision, the world’s largest international children’s charity, has teamed up with TV chef Lesley Waters to encourage people to create a lantern of hope for children this Halloween, by carving a heart in their pumpkin, instead of a scary face.
As children across the UK head out to trick-or-treat, fearing what ghouls and ghosts might await them, millions of children living in the world’s poorest countries sadly live in fear every night of the year.
Take 15-year-old Sylvia from Uganda; she lived in fear of being married to a man three times her age. Now, with the help of her local World Vision Child Protection Committee, she no longer lives in fear and has also freed her sister Hope from fearing that same fate.
Sylvia, said: "My brothers told me that if I refused to take a man as a husband they’d carry me into the bush and force me to get married anyway. But thanks to World Vision, we were offered help and advice. I have been able to stay at home with my family and do not worry about the future for me or my five sisters."
Celebrity TV chef, Lesley Waters, is leading the campaign for World Vision and has helped create a free-to-download Night of Hope pack. The booklet includes instructions on how to carve the heart into your pumpkin, some exclusive pumpkin recipes and the chance to win a cookery class with Lesley. The pack is available to download from http://bit.ly/1begUyE
Lesley said: “I want to look at Halloween in a new light this year and stand with children who have no choice but to live in fear.
“As a parent, I enjoy carving pumpkins with my children and creating treats for the whole family to enjoy. This year we will be carving hearts into our pumpkins as a mark of hope for children whose fear is very real every night of the year.”
How you can turn a night of fear into a night of hope
Join Lesley; carve a heart into your pumpkin and place it in your window to give children like Sylvia a Night of Hope. Download your free Night of Hope pack, which details how to carve your heart into your pumpkin, offers exclusive recipes and the opportunity to win a cookery lesson with Lesley Waters and a night in a hotel for you and a friend.
Head to http://bit.ly/1begUyE to help to turn a night of fear into a night of hope.
About World Vision UK
World Vision UK is one of the world’s leading international relief and development charities, dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice in almost 100 countries worldwide.
For as little as 75p per day (£22.80 per month) you can sponsor a child with World Vision and give them a better chance in life. Through Child Sponsorship, you can personally reach out and connect with a child and their community and follow their progress as they overcome incredible hardships and build for the future. For more information about World Vision Child Sponsorship call 0800 012 1202.