David Beckham launches fund for kids in danger around the world
The fund will focus on children at risk of violence, abuse or disease
Soccer legend David Beckham pledged to change the lives of millions of children on Monday as he launched “7”, a new fund with UNICEF to protect the world’s most vulnerable youngsters.
“Over the coming years I am going to work with UNICEF to raise millions and speak out for children all over the world,” said Beckham.
The fund -- named after Beckham’s lucky number on his England and Manchester United shirts -- will focus on children at risk of violence, abuse or disease.
“Today, the need to help children has never been greater and since retiring I have more time and I want to do so much more,” said Beckham, who is marking 10 years as a good will ambassador for the U.N. Children’s Fund.
“Everything I have done, my soccer career, my family, has led to this point – this is the moment for me to do what I can to help children in every corner of the world. This is something I want my own children to be proud of,” added Beckham, a father of four.
Beckham also asked his fans to back his call to world leaders to put children first as they negotiate new global development goals.
The launch of “7” comes after one of the worst years for children on record, UNICEF said.
More than 15 million children were exposed to extreme violence in conflicts in 2014 and millions more were hit by natural disasters.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has also left thousands orphaned and many more out of school.
Worldwide, some 168 million children are engaged in child labor and many others are victims of sexual violence, trafficking and female genital mutilation, UNICEF said.
Clock ticking on Beckham’s struggle for Miami stadiumBeckham announced in February that he would exercise his option to become the owner of a new MLS franchise Sports
David Beckham rallies support for the fight against Ebola‘We are in a race against time,’ the UNICEF Goodwill ambassador warns at the end of the video Entertainment
David Beckham rallies support for the fight against Ebola‘We are in a race against time,’ the Briton warns at the end of the video Reports
Ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham named U.N. goodwill envoyLast month Beckham auctioned off 600 pieces of clothing to raise money and awareness for mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa Entertainment
Victoria Beckham to help UN fight AIDSThe fashion designer and former Spice Girl said that she had to turn 40 before she realized she has an obligation to others Entertainment
British football legend David Beckham hits campaign trail in MiamiA year after retiring from football, David Beckham’s career has entered a new phase - the campaign trail Sports