Leoni Launches Unicef Chemical Awareness Project

Actress TEA LEONI has launched a new UNICEF initiative to raise awareness of children with Agent Orange-caused disabilities in Vietnam. The Deep Impact star - and ambassador for the charity - visited families and health centres with children suffering from birth defects linked to the chemical, which was widely used by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. She says, "The (U.S.) public, I think, is not aware of some of the specific dioxin issues. I think there is great compassion from the U.S. and its citizens (and a desire) to want to bridge whatever gap there may be remaining from our time here. "As a mother it is a very intense experience to visit with another mother and see her caring for children who are so in need of support and care." Caryl Stern, of UNICEF, says the UNICEF United States Fund is aiming to raise $2 million (GBP1 million) this year and up to $5 million (GBP2.5 million) over the next few years for Vietnamese children with disabilities.


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Dear Ms. Leoni,I was nicely surprised to see a celebrity working on the same condition as our small group is.On the 5th of April, 7AM local time, a core group of 10 people, self included, will start the ORANGE WALK in HCMC on our way to HaNoi. We are a group of individuals that have come together to raise awareness of the plight of the children cursed with AO birth defects.We feel that by actually walking the entire distance, camping out along the way, we will be able to find those that are in need of help.We are not members, nor are sponsored by any religious, political, or charitable organization, but each one of us have felt the call of duty to work to raise international awareness of this ailment.Please feel free to find out more about us at our webpage at:http://www.orangecarers.com/Sincerely,Michael QuickBluefield, West Virginia, USA
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