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* Happy Birthday! The Slovak National Committee of UNICEF is 5 years old this year. The Committee plays a vital role in generating public awareness and creating support for UNICEF activities. The second Situation Analysis, on Slovakia's Children will be published later this year to define areas of need and assist decision-makers in helping children. The committee celebrated its anniversary by organizing the first "Walkathon," a walk through the Small Carpathians on June 6 to celebrate World Children's day and to raise money for UNICEF program. The more athletic participants chose a 24 km hike, whereas families with children opted for the 8 km trek.

* Spend an adventurous weekend with children by visiting the Safari and Adventure park, (Safari und Abenteuerpark) in the small Austrian town of Gänserndorf, just 35 km away from Bratislava. This is a popular park with Slovaks and you can visit it daily from 9am-4.30pm. The tickets are 190 Austrian Shillings for adults and 128 ATS for children. The entrance fee includes a 6km drive through the Safari Park where the wildlife roams free, as well as a pets' corner, playgrounds and various shows. Parking is free and you can even arrange to have the special Safari-Minibus take you there. For bookings, call 0905/ 617 101 or call Ingrid Murínová, tel.: 07/ 243289. For further information, call +4322 8270 261 or E-mail: safaripark@ marchfeld.at

* The American Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the 4th Annual Independence Day Celebration held at the Bernolákovo Golf and Country Club on Saturday, July 4 at 6pm. Activities include the Corporate Challenge, which is a golf tournament, tennis, an American-style barbecue, performances by country rock band "The Grasshoppers" and a reggae band called "Polemic," children's activities and finally, fireworks at 10:15pm. A shuttle bus to and from the Golf Club will be available, courtesy of AmCham. Adults pay 300 Sk (350 Sk at door), children under 15 pay 100 Sk.

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