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Travelers give UNICEF a shot in the arm.

Travelers give UNICEF a shot in the arm

Some travelers flying between London and the United States are pitching in to provide lifesaving vaccinations to Third World children. Passengers are being asked to donate their unused foreign coins to a "kitty' earmarked for UNICEF's child immunization programs. So far, the collections are limited to flights on London-based Virgin Atlantic Airlines, but UNICEF hopes to expand the program to other airlines as well. According to Lori Levin, Virgin Atlantic's New York manager of public relations, close to $40,000 (U.S.) has been collected since the program began in mid-July. That's enough money to immunize 8,000 children against the six most fatal childhood diseases, UNICEF says.

"It's a lot of work,' Levin told SCIENCE NEWS. "The coins are very heavy--especially the ones from the U.K. side. They have tremendous coins over there.'
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Date:Oct 10, 1987
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