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15 Aug 2004
IOC News , Development through sport

"Giving is Winning": Clothes Donation Ceremony

In the framework of the “Giving is winning” project, IOC member Prince Albert of Monaco and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Vice-Commissioner Wendy Chamberlain today attended a Clothes Donation Ceremony in the Olympic Village. Major donations have so far been made by the National Olympic Committees of the United States, Greece and Australia. They also attended the ceremony.

Invitation to everyone
“Giving is winning” is a project of the IOC International Cooperation and Development Department, in collaboration with the UNHCR. All athletes and officials participating in the Olympic Games are invited to donate clothes, which will then be distributed by the UNHCR to various refugee camps around the world.

In the Olympic Village
A major collection effort is taking place at the Olympic Village where all 10,500 athletes and 5,000 officials are invited to support it. Special bags and collector bins are being made available at different locations in the Village.

17 million refugees
Collected clothes in Athens will be dispatched after the Games to several other camps in different continents. There are currently over 17 million refugees, internally displaced persons, returning refugees and many others in the world. The IOC has been supporting numerous UNHCR refugee camps through sports equipment provision and educational material for many years.
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