UNICEF Soccer Aid Raises £5.5 Million for Children

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SEATTLE — In 2018, UNICEF Soccer Aid has already raised £5,540,259 with help from the U.K. public, ITV and STV viewers and the U.K. government (who matched each donation pound for pound) to protect children who are struggling or in danger around the world. This is a record number for donations raised on the night of the UNICEF Soccer Aid event.

UNICEF Soccer Aid Breaks New Ground in 2018

Even so, the donations were not the only aspect that broke records. A total of 71,965 people attended the match between the England and World teams, both of which were made up of celebrity players as well as famous names from soccer and other sports. The match ended in a shootout, which England eventually won after actor Blake Harrison scored the winning penalty.

Some others who participated in the game are:

  • Usain Bolt (Jamaican sprinter)
  • Robbie Williams (English singer-songwriter and actor)
  • Olly Murs (English singer-songwriter, television presenter and actor)
  • Gordon Ramsay (British chef and television personality)
  • Paddy McGuinness (English comedian, actor, television personality and presenter)

Aside from those who participated in the game itself, the event also had musical performances, comedic voices and ambassadors who presented short appeal films throughout the event. These videos informed the audience about where the money they helped raise was going to end up. The event was also broadcast live on June 10, 2018, on ITV.

UNICEF’s Long History of Working to Help Children

UNICEF has had the opportunity to work with more than 190 countries and territories. The money from this UNICEF Soccer Aid event in particular will be going towards providing food to malnourished children, training teachers in order to educate youth and keeping the violence and abuse out of vulnerable children’s lives.

Over the past 12 years, more than £29.5 million pounds (more than $39.2 million) has been raised for UNICEF’s work protecting children. This organization has executed many different projects related to child protection and inclusion, child survival, education, emergencies, gender equality, supply and logistics, innovation and research and analysis.

The focus of these initiatives includes child survival projects, which work to “make sure solutions reach all children, everywhere.” This deals with early childhood development, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, health, immunization and wash (water, sanitation and hygiene). Gender projects work to create change for women and girls in terms of participation in political, social and economic development worldwide, along with achieving gender equality. Supply and logistics projects transport and provide life-saving medicine, supplies and aid to children in need around the world.

It is for these reasons that the donations that have come from this event are so important. Participating in a sport loved by many, whether by watching or playing, can make fundraising activities such as UNICEF Soccer Aid a wholesome time for all parties involved

– Raven Patzke 

Photo: Flickr

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