UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is urging fans keen to mark his 36th birthday on 2 May to buy a special UNICEF football that will be delivered directly to vulnerable children across the world.

The unique, professional-quality footballs, part of UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts range, are delivered directly to children in the poorest communities, providing them with desperately lacking sports kit and a chance to play, exercise and have fun.

“I was given my first football when I was very young and it was the best present I ever had. Now I’m 36 and I’m asking you to help me give that same excitement and joy to thousands of other children” said Beckham, who saw the life-changing impact of football on children’s lives during a visit with UNICEF to Sierra Leone in 2008. "Across the world, from schools to refugee camps, a game of football brings children and communities together to play and forget any trauma or worries for an hour or two.

“So from one lover of football to another, let’s put it right for children – please buy a child a sporting gift. Every one of your birthday gifts will make a real difference to a child’s life.”

UNICEF Inspired Gifts are real supplies – like vaccines, medicines, food, water containers, and education materials – that are delivered to those children and communities in most need, and those who are affected by emergencies.

UNICEF believes it is wrong that millions of children around the world are missing out on their right to play and have fun with their friends. Help David Beckham put this right and buy a UNICEF football for his birthday today.

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