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"In 1947 a young Czechoslovakian girl called Jitka Samkova painted a colourful picture of children dancing around a maypole in the sunshine. She sent it as a thank you to a newly-created organisation called UNICEF which had provided milk and medicine to the children of her war-ravaged village.

UNICEF – or the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund as it was originally known – was set up after World War II to help children such as Jitka in countries across Europe and the Middle East, and in China. Many children were suffering from hunger and extreme hardship following the war, particularly in the harsh winter of 1946–7. Then, as today, UNICEF supplied these vulnerable children with life-saving supplies of food, blankets and medicine.

Jitka’s cheerful painting was to become famous. In 1949, it was reproduced on the first official UNICEF greeting card. A controversial idea at the time, it was to prove a huge success."

(from the UNICEF site)


Sixty years have passed since their first card was made, and on this “Cards Full of Life” anniversary, UNICEF Poland has launched a campaign to spread 1000 cards around the world – and track their progress as they hop from destination to destination, spreading the word about this wonderful initiative.

And you can be part of it too! There are still 100 cards left to be released, and UNICEF has decided to partner with Postcrossing to get these cards traveling around the world!

Think you can send these postcards on a looooong journey? Leave a comment below! We’ll collect the addresses of the first 100 commenters on this post (only one comment per address please), and send them to UNICEF, who will then mail you your UNICEF card. Remember, these cards have a journey of awareness to fulfill, and you will be responsible for sending them onwards on their trip. Where to? Your choice! Keep them moving, spread the word! :)

PS – Not one of the lucky 100? Don’t worry! You can track any UNICEF card you buy at UNICEF’s shop on their site, and start your own chain!

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196 comments so far

meiadeleite, Portugal
i go first then, sign me up! :)
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wcam, United States of America
Thank you!
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anapettres, Brazil
I'm the second?? Wow! I will love to receive one!
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dreamreader, Thailand
It's a folding card in envelope, so we can resend it, isn't it? Or we'd buy a new card to send?

Anyway, count me in. I always love Unicef cards.
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AllSerene, United Kingdom
Yes please, I'd love to take part!
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Nunneli, Finland
UNICEF is doing such important work, let's buy Unicef-cards!
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Galamarova, North Macedonia
Me, me, me! :))))))

I would love to be part of this! Thanks :)
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xtlera, Germany
I would like to take part :) Thank you
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rsml1, Malaysia
i'd be happy to be a part of this! :D Thanks a lot!
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Yammie_MSA, Singapore
Whoa! Wanna be a part of this, too! =)
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tumbleweed, Germany
UNICEF deserves to be supported, what they do makes a difference for so many people in the world. I would love to be part of their postcard project!
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Shaneez, South Africa
Please sign me up too.
It will be a pleasure to be part of this project:-)
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yvi-1, United States of America
I would love to take part as well.
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Carramel0705, Canada
I would like to be a part of this too
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schwalbe, Germany
I would like to part on this awsome project, too !
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mand, United Kingdom
yes please......
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misseri44, Spain
Would love to be part of it ;)
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Widmokrag, Poland
One more participant - here! Great idea. :)
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clione, Thailand
I would love to take part in this project :D
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AgnieszkaK, Poland
I would like to :))
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Keyras05, Italy
Me please :D Thanks!
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berricolous, Bulgaria
This is a great idea! I'm in too :)
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phabietto, Ireland
here I am !!
:)
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quotidiana, Czech Republic
Me too :)
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imajica, Malaysia
ohhhhhhhhhh me me me! :D
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Otus, Finland
Im in. Lovely idea.
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anagahan, North Macedonia
count me in please!!!!!!!
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anner85, Germany
wonderful idea!!!
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elconejita, France
I would like to take part of this too ! thank you !
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geri4hanson, France
I would love to be part of that project :) Thanks !!
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shui, Taiwan
I would like to be part of this, too! ^__^
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Mad-Alice, Montenegro
I would be like also to be part of it!
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wennycheung, Hong Kong
would very much be a part of it. COUNT ME IN thank you
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sunnymiu, Hong Kong
Sign me up! :D That is too appreciative if I could participate it!
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alenca, Czech Republic
Czechoslovakian girl? I am from Czech Republic. Count with me :-) Thanks!
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chunkyn, Finland
I would like to take part too! Thankyou.
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Sputzie, Singapore
I'd like to join as well! Thank You!!
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siguanea, Russia
Please, count me in!
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Erty, Russia
We are ready to be part of it!
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elsu, Estonia
Me too :)
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pakurilecz, United States of America
count me in
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Isojak, Finland
I would love to take part in this. :)
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GrafinZahl, Sweden
Me too! :)
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phoenix12, Australia
Please, count me in as well!
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ergon, Norway
I am in. :-)
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tapestry100, United States of America
Sign me up as well, please.
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brunella, Italy
I'm in too for Unicef!
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ojan, Indonesia
wo wo wowwwa!!! thats really cool!!!

I want it! I want it!

hope I will be the lucky one! :)
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abhishek_b4u, India
I'm in too. I'll be glad to be a part of this.
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Flugelse, Germany
Me too !!!! :))
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eesti23, Netherlands
Ooohh...me too!
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hosky, China
I think it's a great project. I'll be glad to be counted in!
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Marcie08, Austria
Count me in!
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tmcmandy, Hong Kong
OMG! I want to be part of this too!!
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Gerrietjes, Netherlands
I am in :)
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Dominique, France
What a great project, I buy every year cards and items from UNICEF catalog. Best regards.
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rowan6, Finland
I'd love to be a part of this.
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mullenkedheim, Japan
Why hello. Hook me up.
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prairiegrrrl, Canada
Awesome, I would love to take part!
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AndAllThatJazz, United States of America
I will!
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Nives, Croatia
I would love to be a part of this!!! :)
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ongsoothiah, Malaysia
Count me in......I wanna be part of it
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sybones, Singapore
count me in please :) it's a meaningful project~!
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WMJeffer, United States of America
I would love to participate!
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wiredpsyche, Philippines
I'd love to be a part of this project. :)
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Wasserlilie, Switzerland
Great! :-)
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Atmajian, Croatia
I'm in.
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blunosr, Canada
Please count me in. I'd love to participate.
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Marianna, Estonia
I love UNICEF cards. I just ordered 200 UNICEF cards and I'll send them to our companie partners for christmas. They are so beautiful.
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Sara-Gandalf, Sweden
Count us in!
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katje_17, Belgium
I'd like to participate!
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Noveerotaaja, Netherlands
Sounds like a wonderful idea - and I am definitely in and would love to receive one :)
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chana, United Kingdom
I'd love to participate please :)
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juko, Portugal
Boa Tarde!
I would love to take part on it!
Count me in!:)
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paflip25, United States of America
I'd like to participate!
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anale, Brazil
I´d love to join it ;)
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Yaco, Finland
I'd love to be one of the participants!!!
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CarolinaRen, United States of America
Sounds like fun! :)
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schmichaels, Brazil
I´m in!
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mhcolaizzi, United States of America
Thanks for the opportunity :)
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Brigi, Hungary
Count me in! ;-)
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vlaanderen, Belgium
Joining !
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xinegirl, United States of America
I'd like to play, too!
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donatella, Italy
I'm in, that's a great idea!
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heidrunhlin, Iceland
Thank you - I like to be in...
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Sreisaat, Cambodia
Hi, I'd like to be included in this meaningful activity!
Okorn charan!
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LDGC, Canada
Me too :)
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lacivert, United States of America
thank youu
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nihan, Turkey
i would like to be in too :) great idea :)
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zestyb, United States of America
I'd like to participate. thank you
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shelly, Spain
I'd love to take part in this project!

Thank you.
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Poohmaa, Germany
I'd love to participate too.
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Melidaria, Finland
If there's still room, I would love to participate. =)
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friends4ever, Sweden
I'm in!
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kaichin78, Malaysia
I hope have a chance too...
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angelicas, Spain
Oh that's sth. I couldn't miss!
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Globeskater, Netherlands
would love to join if there is a card left ;)
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Raistlin, Turkey
Me too
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talas, Finland
Am I too late? Lovely idea! :)
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artax, Spain
I would love to take part in this project :D
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becky_torno, Singapore
me too.. i think i'm late.. :(
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Lurida, Lithuania
I want to join, too :) If it's still possible :)
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Htng, Malaysia
I'm in...hope it's not too late. Thanks
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Sylwia_k, Poland
I think i'm late, but i'd love to take part, too
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hillychris, United Kingdom
I would love to send a card xx
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Aya_, Poland
I guess it's a bit after 100, but I would love to join! And I'm from Poland :)
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middlebassnative, United States of America
A little too late, I think, but I'd love to participate.
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Kilona, Finland
I would like to join, hope I'm not too late!
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Lukrecija, Lithuania
I would love to send a card
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staranaize, United Kingdom
I'll send a card, sign me up. Jill
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wwychristine, Hong Kong
yes please (: I'd like to be the one!
thanks a lot :D
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brihannah, Australia
i'd like to send a card.
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rkneo11, India
Wow this means i qualify... thank you postcrossing...
I annually donate a part of my pocket money to UNICEF through some events held by the Ramakrishna Mission...
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oneone, Malaysia
thank you so much.....I love to do it
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ElsaRF, Portugal
i would love to join to but u've reached 100 already
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motherbrando, United States of America
I'd be pleased to get one on it's way!
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TORTUE, France
I also want to do it!
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happylilbutterfly, United States of America
If you still have cards...I would love to participate!
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actarbox4773, United States of America
I'd like to be part of this also. I think Postcrossing is the best way to go about this. We are all so dedicated to sending postcards
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dodoris0519, Malaysia
i would like to participate but it is seem like i was a little too late~ =(
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chankljp, Hong Kong
As a member from China. I would want a UNICEF postcard please!
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buckwriter, Italy
Ok. If you have some more postcards, I would be happy to participate.
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JoolsUK, United Kingdom
If there's still any space then I would love to join in :)
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mongfind, Denmark
Any chance of a postcard? :-)
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czakalaka, Poland
I'd love to be one of the participants!!!
I hope I still have a chance :D
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eicuthbertson, Canada
Great idea! I'd love to be in this postcrossing/UNICEF challenge.
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gudrutis, Iceland
What a wonderful idea!
I would love to participate.. but I guess I'm a bit too late ;/
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la_vagabonde, Croatia
wow, peole here are really fast! guess i'm too late, but if there's still chance to participate, i'd love to:)
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CaptainSlow, Italy
hurry hurry.... Am I still in time ?
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Silv_a, Lithuania
Well, as I can see, it's already a 100 o eople who wanted,
buuut this doesn't make my wish to get a UNICEF card smaller. So, I'd love to receive such one. ;}
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irisseraphic, Taiwan
oh no it seems that I'm too late! D: but I love the idea!
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Miligy, Egypt
Is It too late? anyway, I'd like to join these campaign :)
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damianfallas, Costa Rica
Is It too late? Can I have one, please?
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ultimate-canary7, Turkey
i'm in too .
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Feeling_of_freedom, Moldova
Me too:)
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pocarisky, Hong Kong
Yes please~!> Count me in~! (From Hong Kong)~!
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hegebe, Norway
And me ??
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SWRedHatter, United States of America
I'm in too!
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debbec, Canada
I'm in as well!
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LacrimadiLuna, Italy
:)too late, but I have already sent many unicef cards :)
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Stephany, Netherlands
I always buy Unicefpostcards. I'm also a volunteer for Unicef in The Netherlands.

Great to sent postcards this way.
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rudysmom, Canada
count me in too!! :) if possible :)
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icspi, Netherlands
Am I late? :'(((
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shimo, Egypt
please count me in
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frucho, Russia
great idea. why not 200 or 500 or 1000? :'(
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kasha10, New Zealand
I guess it's way to late but I would have been interested.
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wendysommer, China
oh it's late. Schade!!!!
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kana, Spain
well is late for us, but it was a great idea!!!!
I think all of us wanted to join it ;-)
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Bebel, Spain
oh it's late... dommage!!
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dragonflylady, Australia
*sigh* Next time the 2nd 100 will be included??? I hope so - in the mean time I have sent UNICEF cards for christmas this year.
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bekejo, United States of America
Looks like I'm too late, maybe next time!
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nel-tu, Serbia
Good luck and fast journey to all of those cards :))
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geminiscp, Portugal
What a wonderful idea! :D
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ucancallmeralph3, United States of America
This is so cool!
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Myella, Australia
how amazing! I hope the cards enjoy their journey!
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writeonthespot, Philippines
Am I still counted? I'd love to take part on this! Count me in!
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nodders, United Kingdom
How quickly did this go?!
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moonblood, United States of America
I would love to be a part of this!
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Jetske, Netherlands
Great idea, but I´m too late, I guess! I would like to participate though, if it is possible in any way. Let me know.:)
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icequeen9, United States of America
Well I'm too late to sign up, But I just wanted to say that this is a great way to raise awareness of worldwide matters. UNICEF is doing a great job!
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xup6rupru4, Taiwan
I would love to be a part of this!
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nellalaz, Canada
I'd like to take part, for sure!
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schwan272, United States of America
If there's a second 100, please sign me up! Thanks!
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paularay, United States of America
I'm in
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FaqihRasyid, Indonesia
Please sign me up, from Indonesia to the world!! I would be love it :)
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kirsty, United Kingdom
I would love to join in
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suefitz, United States of America
Sounded like fun - looks like it's too late though.

Thanks for thinking of us.
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Tinetta, Italy
I'd like to play but maybe I'm too late =(
Thanks too!! XD
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ANEMLA, Finland
Oh no. I should have woken up earlier.
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Krzysiekk, Poland
ahhhh why I was sleeping so long...
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PecanPie1, United Kingdom
What An amazing idea I would love to help :)
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ISACMAGU, Kenya
i would like to be counted as one to change the world to a better place.Very glad to be part of this.
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cinthiamor, Brazil
Oh, my God! I'd love to participate!
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paulo, Portugal
What a great participation! Thank you all for being so enthusiastic!

We have already well over 100 comments, but we only have 100 postcards to give away. If you were one of the first 100, congratulations, a UNICEF card will be heading your way very soon! :)

If, however, you weren't one of the first 100, do not worry: you can participate in this project with any UNICEF card! You can buy them everywhere and also in their online shop and register them on the UNICEF system so that it can be tracked as well while it travels the world! And while doing this, you will be helping children around the world through the hands of UNICEF (and your own!).

Thank you all for supporting such a great cause!
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principessa, Uzbekistan
I want it tooooooooo!!))
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Soleilka, Poland
reallt cool idea
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manencov, Romania
I am interested too! It is a nice ideea! Good luck :)
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capricornrising, United States of America
Sounds cool!
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solarts66, United States of America
I'm interested. Great idea Paulo.
Feliz Navidad! everyone!
Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Happy Kawanza!
Happy all holidays!
Cheers!
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keyfrench, Canada
I would like to participate if not too late
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heidrunhlin, Iceland
Hi,
I got mine today and I just registered it, I will send it to someone else, and I hope that someone can register it here - so we can see it trawel (;
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heidrunhlin, Iceland
Hi,
I forgot to say thanks for a lovely Christmas - card,
and: Gleðileg jól, farsælt komandi ár

Heidrun Hlin from Iceland
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Wagner, Brazil
I would be very happy to participate ... I liked the idea. Congratulations!
Wagner.
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Snappy, Canada
Congratulations on your 60th anniversary.

I will be very happy to start a new UNICEF card on its journey if there are still some left. Otherwise I would love to participate by receiving a card from someone.
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chana, United Kingdom
I recieved mine today, it shall be registered and sent on soon. Thank you! :)
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AllSerene, United Kingdom
I received mine today too. It's been registered and will be on its way, as soon as I get an address from the postcrosser I'm planning to forward it to :)
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schwalbe, Germany
I received my card yesterday. Wonderful! Registered it and have now no idea where or whom to send.
You didn't take part in this project yet ? But want to take part ? No problem - drop me a line ! First come - first serve

Happy christmas !
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Wasserlilie, Switzerland
I also got my card (number 627) :-) Is there anybody who wants to have it next? I'd really like to send it to someone who will register it too and send it to a next postcrosser :-)

Send me a message if you'd like to receive card 627 and to take part in its chain.
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Galamarova, North Macedonia
The card I received is also looking for the next person who will continue the journey! :) If that's you, send me your address! :))))
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masterofmusic, Philippines
this is a good idea of UNICEF.... impressive...
count me in... (hope to be included)
thanks
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szirmaik, Hungary
Let me know if you have a postcard and are looking for a place to forward it! I'd be glad to help :)
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swan, United States of America
If you got your card and still need someone to forward it to, I'd be glad to help as well.
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Yammie_MSA, Singapore
I was told I got one today. Sad to say I'm out of the country 'til next month. :-(

So this received card needs to be registered and then sent again? I'll try to see if they can scan it at home so I'll know the details and ask them to send it to someone else for me...
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shui, Taiwan
I think my post is within 100, but I still did not receive it....hope it won't get lost... :(

Is anyone still looking for the next person to forward the card ? :)
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Yammie_MSA, Singapore
Ok. I've just registered the card I received. Who'd like to receive the same card? :)
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anapettres, Brazil
I registered my card! I really liked it.
Someone here wants to receive it from me??
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