By Delinda Lombardo on
David Beckham's career as a soccer star may be fluctuating between AC Milan and the LA Galaxy, but his role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the children’s charity UNICEF is rock solid. Last week, Beckham was thrilled to accept a £100,000 check on behalf of UNICEF from the Rangers Charity Foundation.
The former England captain – who has visited Thailand and Sierra Leone to see first-hand the work UNICEF are undertaking – said “It’s great to be able to accept this check from the Rangers Charity Foundation on behalf of UNICEF. As an Ambassador I’ve seen the impact of UNICEF’s work with children worldwide.”
Last October, the Rangers Charity Foundation announced their groundbreaking collaboration with UNICEF, which named the Rangers as UNICEF’S only Scottish football partner. The Rangers joined other partner clubs such as Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan.
Beckham was also excited to learn Rangers have pledged to raise £300,000 for UNICEF in the next three years to help fund an education project in India, reaching over 45,000 children in over 200 schools.
“The £300,000 pledged by the Rangers Charity Foundation will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of children across India, giving many the chance to go to school for the first time. This money will help to transform children’s lives.” Beckham said.
Rangers Chief Executive Martin Bain, a Trustee of the Charity Foundation, commented: “The Club is delighted that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is backing our efforts to make a difference and recognizes the fantastic work of the Rangers Charity Foundation through this partnership with UNICEF. Today’s £100,000 check represents funding for the first phase of the Indian education project and will undoubtedly make a positive difference to the lives of thousands of children. Both UNICEF UK and Rangers Football Club have strong ambitions for this partnership and will be working closely together during the years ahead to ensure the project’s success whilst at the same time promoting our shared humanitarian values.”
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