Manchester United has renewed its partnership with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, committing £1million to fund vital child protection work and calling on the club’s supporters to unite to protect children.
The United for UNICEF partnership has been hugely successful over the last 13 years, raising £3million and helping more than 3.4million vulnerable children worldwide. It is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global charity.
Of this new £1million commitment, £500,000 will be used to fund UNICEF’s essential work to protect children in Vietnam. There are currently an estimated 23.6million children living in Vietnam and more than 20 per cent of them are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and neglect. The funding will be used to support children who are orphans, those who have been involved in child labour or trafficking, and others who live on the streets or suffer from drug abuse. In addition, the partnership will:
• Train 160 social welfare managers to identify children at risk
• Train 400 community based social workers on child protection
• Support the Vietnamese government in developing a national child protection system
• Use activities including football to engage with marginalised children and ensure they are getting the support they need.
Announcing the partnership renewal at the club’s Aon Training Complex, David Moyes said: “Manchester United is very proud of United for UNICEF and the many young lives it has helped in the last 13 years. The team and I are therefore delighted to support the renewal of this incredible partnership and highlight UNICEF’s vital child protection work.
"In my short time as Manchester United manager I have already travelled halfway around the world and witnessed first-hand the Club’s unbelievable fan base, and together I am confident we will help United for UNICEF raise another £1 million."
David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, said: “We are immensely proud of our long-standing partnership with Manchester United and the continued commitment from the club and its fans to improving the lives of vulnerable children across the world. UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations and partnerships like United for UNICEF, and we are delighted that Manchester United has renewed this partnership for a further three years, helping us make a lasting difference to the lives of many more children.”
Manchester United will raise £1million over the next three years through a variety of activities and with the support of fans from around the world and players. The first fundraising event will be the annual star-studded United for UNICEF Gala dinner on Thursday 21 November. To book tickets, please visit the United Events website.
Danny Welbeck Through The Years
Vote: Player of the Month - August
David Moyes’ men have made a solid start to 2013/14, but who’s been United’s key man in August? That’s your call; check out our three-man shortlist, watch the video above and cast your vote for Manchester United’s Player of the Month…
Robin van Persie The Dutchman bagged four goals in three games. His Wembley double secured the season’s first silverware, while his brace at Swansea was stunning. The first at the Liberty Stadium was an acrobatic volley with his so-called ‘chocolate leg’ and his second took in a slick touch before emphatically finding the top corner. He netted against Chelsea too – the side-netting. But it was about as close as United came. A good start.
Nemanja Vidic The Reds skipper missed the pre-season matches as he worked hard at the Aon Training Complex and he has hit the ground running with some typically towering defensive displays. After lifting the Community Shield at Wembley, he got stuck into Swansea in a physical battle in a sodden South Wales battle. In the clean sheet against Chelsea, Vida was again a pillar of strength.
Danny Welbeck Despite delivering outstanding team displays last term, Danny’s two-goal tally (one in the league) was frequently cited as a shortfall. Two goals at Swansea not only doubled last season’s haul in one game, his second - a beautiful lob over Michel Vorm - was a finish of brilliant vision and technique. If he carries on like that, the doubters will be well and truly silenced.
Google+ Hangout - Friday 13:00 BST
Manchester United’s first Google+ Hangout will take place this Friday 23 August at 13:00 BST.
First-team stars Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley, fresh from playing starring roles in the Reds’ 4-1 win at Swansea on Saturday, will be present and, as part of the event, will be on hand to answer fans’ questions.
So, if you have a question for either Danny or Tom (or both of them!) you can submit it in advance here: http://bit.ly/14xt6GP
A Google+ Hangout is a webchat/video conferencing tool that allows up to 10 people to see and hear each other at the same time. By submitting your question you could be selected as one of the lucky fans able to communicate directly with Danny and Tom during the event.
You take part from your own computer and if you’re not one of those directly involved in the discussion you can still watch the Hangout unfold right here on our Google+ page.
Submit your question and then join us on Friday at www.google.com/+manutd to help make our first Hangout a success.