SEATTLE — Katy Perry, world famous pop star, will be honored by UNICEF this coming November at the annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball. Perry is best known for her career as a singer, songwriter, frequently topping charts worldwide with numerous hit songs. However, her passions extend far beyond music and into the realm of advocacy and charity work.
In 2013 Perry was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Her advocacy work has been focused on bringing the attention of young people to UNICEF’s efforts to aid the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Perry has used both her talents and her celebrity power to aid UNICEF in the past few years. In her time working with UNICEF she has travelled to various impoverished regions in Madagascar and Vietnam, bringing awareness to some of UNICEF’s key programs. Perry relayed her experiences from her trip, saying, “Support for UNICEF is saving children, I am a witness to it.”
Additionally, she lent her hit song “Roar” to a UNICEF PSA celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. In December 2015 she recorded a weather report directed at the leaders of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Her focus in the weather report was on the negative impact of climate change on children. She has also used her massive social media following to support emergency relief efforts done by UNICEF.
Through her admirable efforts to raise awareness for vulnerable populations in the world, Katy Perry has earned the UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. She has truly lived up to what she hoped to achieve when she first was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador and said, “I am honored to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future.”
– Jordan Little