THE IMPACT OF YOUR SUPPORT

By being part of Soccer Aid for UNICEF you are joining one big team – united by play, so that children everywhere can play. Just like children should.

The below films show some of the vital work that UNICEF is doing around the world thanks to donations to Soccer Aid.

WHAT IS UNICEF AND HOW DO DONATIONS TO SOCCER AID HELP? EWAN MCGREGOR EXPLAINS

UNICEF is working in 190 countries across the world, helping children no matter how hard they are to reach. But what is UNICEF? UNICEF UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor reflects on what the money we raise through Soccer Aid can really achieve.

ALEX SCOTT SEES HOW UNICEF IS SUPPORTING GIRLS THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL GAME OF FOOTBALL

Soccer Aid presenter Alex Scott meets Elma in Namibia and sees how UNICEF is helping to create safe havens for young girls through this beautiful game.

VICKY MCCLURE EXPLAINS THE EXTRAORDINARY LENGTHS UNICEF GO TO REACH EVERY CHILD

There are hundreds of millions of children in remote places worldwide who are at risk of preventable diseases. This year’s England coach, Vicky McClure introduces us to Anirlan in the Northern snow forests of Mongolia and sees the extraordinary lengths UNICEF goes to reach every child with vital vaccines.

HASSAN IN BANGLADESH LOST HIS HOME AND HIS FAMILY, DAVID HAREWOOD INTRODUCES US TO HIS STORY

Before stepping in goal for England in this year’s Soccer Aid for UNICEF, UNICEF UK Ambassador David Harewood travelled to Bangladesh, where an estimated over 1.5 million children live on the streets. Children like Hassan, who lost his home and his family in a flood.  David sees how UNICEF UK is helping homeless children with hubs which offer nutritious food, a place to stay and get the education they are entitled to.

EDDIE IZZARD INTRODUCES US TO RAGHAD AND HER STORY OF LIVING IN CONFLICT IN YEMEN

UNICEF UK Ambassador Eddie Izzard was born in Yemen, which today is described as “the worst place on earth to be a child” due to the ongoing conflict and food crisis.  Eddie introduces us to Raghad, whose childhood has been stolen by the unimaginable horrors of this war.  UNICEF is helping children like Raghad with safe spaces to play and learn. So that they can get back to just being kids.

DAMIAN LEWIS SHARES THE STORIES OF CHILDREN IN UKRAINE WHO NEED OUR HELP

The war in Ukraine is in the news every day – but here Damian Lewis shares the real stories of children who desperately need our help.  Money raised by Soccer Aid could children affected by conflict in Ukraine, with incubators, oxygen, and critical medical supplies. This is why we play.

ERADICATING POLIO

The world is close to being free from polio – a disease that was once the leading cause of child paralysis worldwide. There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented, and the vaccine is the most effective way to protect a child for life. UNICEF is part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – an international partnership for a polio-free world. UNICEF helps vaccinate over 400 million children each year, aiming to protect every child from the disease. We also work with communities so parents understand the benefits of vaccinating their children. Donations to Soccer Aid for UNICEF could help communities like this one in Nigeria to reach every child with the vaccines they need to grow up strong, healthy and able to play.

Find out more about the Global Polio Eradication Initiative here.

Click here for more stories which show the ongoing impact of funds raised through UK Aid Match over the years.

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