"Race for Survival 2014", Children in Sri Lanka running against the Clock on Saving Children’s Lives and improving their Healthy Living
225 student runners from 30 schools in Nuwara Eliya, in central Sri Lanka joined with 35,000 children from 65 countries running against the clock on saving children’s lives and improving their healthy living. The Global Day of Action in Sri Lanka also included a procession and an Advocacy Summit. Children in Sri Lanka advocated for of the importance of having hygiene and sanitation facilities in schools and community for children to have healthy life, because growing up is not easy.
In the Advocacy Summit two female children and male child raised their voices in English and in two local languages saying “We are here to speak for the children born into poverty and who die before they complete their fifth birthday. We are here to speak for the children who do not receive a healthy lifestyle to grow up. We are here to speak for the children who are born in toughest places in the world and who are suffering through their childhood.” The speeches were concluded saying “So we would like to request from all of you to give us a good environment in aspects to grow, learn and lead. When you take any decision please think about children in the country”