World Orphan Week

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World Orphan Week (WOW) began in the UK in 2005. It is a week developed to raise awareness for the needs of orphaned and abandoned children around the world. World Orphan Week is a week for groups and individuals to volunteer their time and fundraise to support programs that can support these children in need.[1]

This event is growing in popularity with launches in the UK, the USA and this year in Canada. In the United Kingdom, WOW 2009 took place from February 9–15,[2] and in The United States WOW 2008 took place from October 5–11. SOS Children's Villages - USA is also holding an online video contest called "WOW Us" to promote World Orphan Week 2008.[3] This year, SOS Children's Villages Canada is preparing its first major launch of World Orphan Week in Canada, set for October 2008.[4]

SOS Children's Villages is inviting schools, community groups, individuals and anyone interested to form their own fundraisers for this event.[5]


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