Formula One champion and UNICEF UK supporter, Lewis Hamilton, made a special journey to Haiti’s capital yesterday to make an appeal for ITV’s Soccer Aid to be broadcast on June 8.
Lewis travelled with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, to meet children and babies suffering from malnutrition, which still causes a third of all deaths of children under age five in Haiti.
“Meeting children in Haiti has been a heart-breaking experience. Right now 20 million children around the world are suffering with severe acute malnutrition. I met a two year old boy called Dovensley who was so weak he hasn’t been able to learn how to walk,” said Lewis Hamilton, Formula One champion and UNICEF UK supporter.
“I am really proud to be supporting Soccer Aid again this year and hope that we have made a film that will show the hard reality of children living without what they need to grow up healthy. UNICEF provides children with life-saving food but needs help.”
“That’s why I’m asking everyone to buy a ticket to Soccer Aid, or tune in to ITV on June 8 to give what they can. With the UK Government matching all public donations pound for pound we can reach even more children with the life-saving food and medicines they need.”
Soccer Aid will be taking place on Sunday 8th June at Manchester’s legendary Old Trafford stadium and will be broadcast live on ITV. Two star-studded squads of football legends and the world’s biggest stars will compete in an electrifying football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
UNICEF appeal films will be shown throughout Soccer Aid, including those from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, Dame Judi Dench and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Tickets are now on sale for Soccer Aid 2014, visit manutd.com/socceraid or call 0845 456 2014 (calls to this number will be charged at local rates). Go to unicef.org.uk/socceraid to find out more.