NICKELODEON AND PLAN INTERNATIONAL NAME 8-YEAR OLD FROM GUATEMALA AS GLOBAL WINNER OF NICKELODEON'S "TOGETHER FOR GOOD" COMPETITION
SINGAPORE, 17 DECEMBER 2015 - Kids from around the globe have chosen Esteban, an extraordinary 8-year-old, as the global winner of Nickelodeon's Together For Good competition for his project, Mini Doctor. Since the age of six, Esteban has been utilizing his bi-lingual Spanish and English language skills to help foreign doctors communicate with kids and families in his home country of Guatemala.
"It means so much to be honored by Nickelodeon and Plan, I hope I can inspire other kids to get out and help in their communities," said Esteban. "I really want to make a difference in the world. I can't do everything, but I do everything I can."
In November, Esteban was awarded an all-expense paid trip to New York, NY to attend the 2015 Halo Awards as a VIP guest. You can take a peek at some of the highlights from his trip by clicking here.
With the help of adult professionals, Esteban focuses on using his translation skills to build trust between the medical staff and local kids and their parents, reading doctor's instructions, delivering prescriptions or assisting in eye exams. Additionally, he serves as a role model and educates kids in marginal communities in Guatemala about the importance of a healthy diet, active lifestyle and good personal hygiene.
In Asia, Zackari from the Philippines emerged as one of the 16 global finalists. He sells his toys to help buy school supplies and clothing for kids in the neighbourhood and encourages others to do the same. You may view his story here.
Spanning June to November, Nickelodeon's Together For Good campaign, in partnership with Plan International, set out to find kids from around the world who are making an impact in their communities, and recognize and reward them. The campaign drew kids from more than 135 countries, and nearly 1,000 submissions telling Nickelodeon and Plan International how they're making a difference. To view Esteban's story and many more, visit good.nickelodeon.tv.
Angela Singh, Global Press Officer, Plan International Headquarters, UK
+44 (0) 7773 636 180
Loh Bi Feng, Viacom International Media Networks
+65 6420 7154
“It means so much to be honored by Nickelodeon and Plan, I hope I can inspire other kids to get out and help in their communities. I really want to make a difference in the world. I can't do everything, but I do everything I can.„ Esteban
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