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David Beckham partners with UNICEF for new project

The soccer star is proud to be involved with a new charity initiative
David Beckham partners with UNICEF for new project

David has celebrated his 10th anniversary as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF by launching something even more special: a new fund aimed at helping vulnerable children across 7 different countries, using 7 different initiatives.

These include a child protection plan in El Salvador, a nutrition programme in Papua New Guinea and an AIDS and HIV initiative in Swaziland, according to The Guardian.

Aptly named ‘7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund’, the title is a play on the lucky number he wore on his football uniforms as well as a tribute to his daughter Harper Seven.

It’s part of his commitment to another decade of partnership with UNICEF, something David is understandably proud of. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the organisation, he has travelled to countries such as the Philippines (after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan) and Sierra Leone, and he says his previous career has helped bring him to this point.

“My 22-year career in football has opened doors. I can go to certain countries and ask to meet the prime minister – they might not want to meet me, but their children might,” he said at the announcement of the launch on Monday.

His own children are also starting to take an interest in his charity work, according to David.

“Brooklyn only said to me on the school run this morning, ‘I want to go on a trip, when can I go?’ So they understand and respect it,” he revealed to People.

“I’m proud to tell them what I’m doing, and I think it makes them proud as well,” he said.

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