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  • Ewan McGregor Reads Baby Book For UNICEF

    first_imgMums of all Scottish newborn babies are set to receive a free baby book from UNICEF as part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy ambitions to improve the wellbeing of children in Scotland.Video: Baby, I Love YouThe book, Baby, I Love You, was launched on Friday as part of UNICEF’s partnership with Glasgow 2014, which aims to reach every child in Scotland and children across the Commonwealth.It has been designed by UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, to help build loving and nurturing relationships between new parents and their baby, through encouraging skin contact, holding, stroking, playing and singing.UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor, himself a father of four, has recorded an audio version of the book.He said: “UNICEF’s Baby, I Love You book is a fantastic gift to kids in Scotland and their mums and dads.“Momentous sporting events have the power to really transform kids’ lives over the long-term. It’s great that UNICEF’s baby book supports the special bond between parent and child, and will be part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.”Mums and babies at a drop in centre in Glasgow were joined by Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner Tam Baillie, Dr Kate McKay Senior Medical Officer for the Scottish Government and David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 for the launch.The mums were given a sneak preview of the book, which is being funded by money raised through the ground-breaking partnership between UNICEF and Glasgow 2014, which will culminate in a single world-wide fundraising moment at the Opening Ceremony on 23 July, when all the expected one billion viewers will be invited to make a donation to Put Children First.With the message “You can’t spoil your baby with love”, the simple board book, with words written to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, has the support of NHS Health Scotland, and will be given out to every new mother by her health visitor at the first home visit.The book builds on UNICEF’s existing long-term Baby Friendly work across health settings in Scotland, which aims to get all newborn babies off to the best start in life.Baby I Love You is published by Nosy Crow, with illustrations by Helen Stephens. It will be given as a gift to the mother of every child born in Scotland between the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

You can download a recording of Ewan McGregor reading Baby I Love You here.last_img read more

  • Teams Named For David Beckham Match For Children

    first_imgAn all-star line-up of footballing legends has today been announced to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford, United Kingdom.

Some of the biggest names in football will come together for the one-off match on Saturday 14 November 2015 to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for the world’s most vulnerable children.

The Great Britain and Ireland team will be captained by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and managed by fellow UNICEF Ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson. The team includes a galaxy of footballing stars including Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Phil Neville.

The Rest of the World XI, led by Zinedine Zidane and managed by Carlo Ancelotti, will also field some of the best players to have graced the game from European Champions to World Cup winners including Cafu, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.

The latest list of players is as follows, with more still to be announced:

GB and IrelandManager: Sir Alex FergusonCaptain: David BeckhamDavid SeamanDavid JamesSol CampbellJohn TerryPhil NevilleRio FerdinandJamie CarragherAshley ColeNicky ButtPaul ScholesRyan GiggsMichael OwenAndy Cole

Rest of the WorldManager: Carlo AncelottiCaptain: Zinedine ZidaneEdwin van der SaarCafuFabio CannavaroAlessandro NestaLuis FigoRonaldinhoPatrick VieiraMichael BallackMassimo AmbrosiniRobert PiresDwight YorkePatrick Kluivert Ole Gunnar SolskjaerLandon Donovan
Italian legend Pierluigi Collina, who was named FIFA’s ‘Best Referee of the Year’ for six consecutive years during a renowned career, will referee the match. 

David commented “It’s incredible that we’re going to be bringing so many of the world’s greatest footballers together under one roof for this match. All the players who will set foot on the Old Trafford turf know just how important this cause is and why UNICEF needs our support to help give children and young people a fair chance in life. Every day children across the world are at risk of violence, poverty and disease – I believe we can change this and take action to make sure children grow up safe from these dangers. This match is a fantastic opportunity to take steps forward and raise awareness and vital funds to help improve the lives of children across the world.”

Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made on match day will go to UNICEF’s work providing lifesaving care including protection, health and nutrition for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. To donate to UNICEF’s work, click here.

Earlier this year, David marked his 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with the launch of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and made a personal commitment to use his voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds, fight inequality and rally for lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable children across every region of the world.Over the past decade David Beckham has helped UNICEF promote and protect the rights of children. He has raised global awareness of the dangers children are facing around the world including malnutrition, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, violence and the devastating effects of natural disasters. He has travelled to see UNICEF’s work, meeting children and their families in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia. In September 2015, David joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake to unveil a digital installation that brought the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Match for Children will kick off at 15:00GMT on 14 November 2015. Tickets are now sold out. Hospitality packages are still available to purchase.last_img read more

  • Canadas oldest largest friendship centre facing new troubles from grandmothers AIM

    first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsThere are new problems for one of Canada’s oldest, and largest friendship centres in Winnipeg.A group of grandmothers, including a board member, have organized to overthrow the board at the Winnipeg Indian and Metis Friendship Centre.The centre’s funding has been suspended and they’re in hot water with the American Indian [email protected]@aptnnewslast_img