Unicef Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


12th August 2014

Fact: The winner of the Star Wars global charity raffle has been announced. DC Barns from Denver, Colorado has landed a cameo role in Star Wars: Episode Vii thanks to a competition launched by the film's director J.J. Abrams. Fans donated $10 (£5.80) to Abrams' Force for Change campaign, which raises money for United Nations Children's Fund's (Unicef), to be in the running for the coveted role. Barns will be flown to London to shoot his part.


21st July 2014

Fact: Director J.J. Abrams is bolstering the big prize for an ongoing Unicef Star Wars competition by offering the lucky winner a private advance screening of his highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode Vii for 20 people, in addition to the chance to land a cameo in the sci-fi sequel. The Omaze.com contest ends this week (begs21Jul14) and benefits Unicef's Innovation Labs, which works to help the world's most vulnerable children.


1st April 2014

Fact: British model/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has embarked on her first trip with the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). She arrived in Cambodia on Tuesday (01Apr14) to raise awareness of the conditions there.


28th November 2013

Fact: Leaders of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have donated $100,000 (£66,000) to a United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Philippines branch for the victims of deadly Typhoon Haiyan, which battered the country earlier this month (Nov13). The organisation behind the annual Golden Globes prizegiving is following Rihanna, who also pledged the same amount to Unicef Philippines on Tuesday (26Nov13).


18th December 2012

Fact: Singer Selena Gomez will perform a special acoustic charity show in New York City on 19 January (13) in aid of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). The young star, who is a Unicef ambassador, will appear at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan to raise money for the organisation.


28th May 2012

Tweet: "Huge thanks to everyone who helped to make socceraid 2012 such an amazing success... A whopping £4m (plus) has been raised for Unicef_uk so far!" Robbie Williams is thrilled after Sunday's Soccer Aid event in England, which he organised, raised $6.4 million (£4 million) for Unicef.


14th July 2011

Fact: Celebrated Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). The star, known to fans as Tuku, joins fellow representatives such as Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg and David Beckham.


23rd May 2011

Fact: The quirky Philip Treacy hat Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding last month (Apr11) has sold for $130,000 (£81,100) on eBay.com. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Unicef and the Children in Crisis charity.


18th May 2011

Fact: Bids for the quirky Philip Treacy hat Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding last month (Apr11) have passed $30,000 (£18,700) in an online auction. The sale ends on Sunday (22May11) and proceeds will benefit Unicef and the Children in Crisis charity.


13th May 2011

Tweet: "Shall I bid for the glorious Princess Beatrice Philip Treacy hat? It is for Unicef after all. And such a fine lid." Veteran British actor Stephen Fry is considering bidding for the designer Philip Treacy hat which Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding last month (Apr11), after she put it up for auction to raise funds for charity.


12th May 2011

Fact: Princess Beatrice is auctioning off the designer Philip Treacy hat she wore to the royal wedding last month (Apr11) to raise funds for Unicef and the Children in Crisis charity.


2nd December 2009

Fact: Def Jam Records chairman ANTONIO 'L.A.' REID is to be honoured by Unicef for his children's charity work. The label executive will be recognised for his philanthropy at the 7th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York on Wednesday (02Dec09).


28th October 2008

Fact: Disney actress Selena Gomez, 16, is the youngest star to be named a Unicef ambassador for their ongoing Trick-or-Treat campaign. The charity aims to encourage American children aid their impoverished peers around the world by collecting donations in addition to their yearly candy.


8th February 2008

Quote: "I don't think I've been so nervous in my life. It would be easier for me to perform in a soccer stadium of 80,000 people." Madonna admits suffering from stagefright at a benefit for her charity, Raising Malawi, and Unicef on Wednesday (6Feb08).


4th February 2008

Fact: Madonna is to host a star-studded event in New York on Wednesday (6Feb08) to raise money for Unicef (United Nations Children's Fund) and her Raising Malawi Orphan Care Initiative. Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Alicia Keys and Rihanna will perform for guests including Lucy Liu and Tea Leoni, in a Gucci sponsored 42,000 square foot tent at the United Nations building.


15th December 2007

Fact: Antonio Banderas and his wife paid $50,000 (GBP25,000) for sketches by JOAN MIRO and Salvador Dali at a charity Unicef auction in Chile earlier this week (beg10Dec07).


21st November 2007

Fact: Latin singer Ricardo Montaner has been made a Unicef goodwill ambassador after accepting the role at a ceremony in Panama City in Florida on Monday (19Nov07).


29th October 2006

Fact: Actress Tea Leoni's grandmother HELENKA PANTALEONI was the president of the US Fund for Unicef for 25 years.


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