Powerful Influences: Three Celebrity Ambassadors for UNICEF

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SEATTLE — Just this last week P!nk was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV VMA’s. While the artist has successfully sold millions of records and made her mark in the music industry, her career spans beyond this field — P!nk’s support is one of the many celebrity ambassadors for UNICEF.

P!nk

In 2015, P!nk was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador due to her previous support to the fund.
P!nk proclaimed that “All children should be able to grow up strong and healthy, with the opportunity to reach their full potential…as a UNICEF Ambassador, I want to use my platform to help end global malnutrition.”

And that is exactly what P!nk did prior to her appointment and continued to do after. P!nk is a National Spokesperson for Kid Power, and she helps raise awareness regarding UNICEF’s internationally successful health and nutrition programs.

UNICEF Kid Power is a program formed to address issues faced by kids in the United States and in developing countries. In America, only 1 in 4 American children get enough physical activity while every 1 in 4 children internationally is malnourished.

To address both issues, UNICEF has created a Kid Power Band that unlocks funding for severely malnourished children internationally. By providing American children with this ‘kids Fitbit’ that provides an incentive to exercise, every step taken is converted into a life-saving therapeutic food packet for other kids in need.

By educating the public about the UNICEF Kid Power program, P!nk highlights the role UNICEF plays in fighting global malnutrition. The fund is the main procurer of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) by providing around 80 percent of the world’s need. With the support of P!nk and other celebrity ambassadors for UNICEF, American families are learning more about other cultures and children around the world.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker has been a UNICEF ambassador since 1997. Through her involvement, she has focused on the fight against HIV, “UNICEF’s School in a Box” and especially “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a program that began in 1950 to help children who need more than just candy. Since its formation, millions of children across the U.S. have donated their time on Halloween for going door-to-door with UNICEF collection boxes. Showing her support for the program, Ms. Parker joins children in New York City on Halloween nights to participate in the Halloween-related fundraising campaign.

The donations collected help save lives of children in over 190 different countries, and provide necessities to children including immunizations, education, clean water and health care. Since the beginning of the fundraiser 67 years ago, UNICEF has raised over $175 million with Sarah Jessica Parker’s help.

Selena Gomez

Having participated in numerous campaigns, events and initiatives on behalf of UNICEF USA, Selena Gomez became one of the celebrity ambassadors for UNICEF in 2009.

Like Sarah Jessica Parker, Selena Gomez is a national spokesperson for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. In 2010, during her third consecutive year of playing an active role in the campaign, Miss Gomez helped raise $4 million through her involvement in over 1 billion media impressions for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

Her contribution to UNICEF is apparent as she supported the emergency campaign to save lives during the nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of Western and Central Africa in 2012. Through this campaign, Miss Gomez visited emergency operation centers to raise awareness about the emergency efforts being performed through UNICEF. Through her visit, she used social media and her national reputation to help educate young people about ongoing issues of international malnutrition.

In addition to her support of these programs, Selena also held multiple charity concerts for UNICEF to raise money for therapeutic foods, clean water, medicines and education to support children worldwide.

During her 2014 trip to Nepal on behalf of UNICEF, Selena Gomez stated how proud she was to be a UNICEF Ambassador and to be a part of the greater movement helping children around the world. Selena professed that change “starts with quality education and leadership opportunities like those UNICEF is providing.”

While P!nk, Sarah Jessica Parker and Selena Gomez are only a few of the celebrity ambassadors of UNICEF, their roles have made a significant contribution to improving the living conditions for the world’s poor. Through their national support, people across the U.S. are learning more about international issues and what they can do to solve them. From the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign to the UNICEF Kids Power program, everyone can make a difference.

Tess Hinteregger

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Tess Hinteregger

Tess lives in Bluffton, SC. Her academic interests include economics, education policy, environmental policy and public policy. Tess moved to the United Kingdom for her undergraduate and graduate studies.

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