Cape Town - Earlier this week Discovery hosted
its annual Discovery Leadership Summit, which aims to provide a platform in
South Africa for industry leaders to share their stories.
Their football superstar
and keynote speaker, David Beckham, made a much-anticipated appearance to talk about
the work he’s doing for UNICEF.
Beckham, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill
Ambassador for the past decade, first got involved with UNICEF 15 years ago
on a trip to Thailand with his former team, Manchester United.
According to the former Manchester United and
Real Madrid star, “The number one thing that I am passionate about more than anything
is the UNICEF work I do.”
The remarkable work that he’s done has
inspired the ex-footballer to do even more, which led to the emergence last
year and eventual launch this year of “7: The David
Beckham UNICEF Fund”. This is Beckham’s
personal commitment to helping children who need it most.
The concept was born when Beckham, who
retired from the game in 2013, felt compelled to give something back.
Because the No 7 was his team number while playing for Manchester United
'7' also inspired 7 different initiatives and territories
the “7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund” will be focusing on. This includes Ebola,
malnutrition and Aids.
Through '7' he will use his powerful voice to
help create change for children around the world. There are millions of
children who are suffering and dying unnecessarily as a result of hunger,
disease, exploitation and the repercussions of natural disasters and war.
UNICEF helps find ways to ensure that more of
the world's children are vaccinated, educated and protected by influencing laws
and policies to help protect children. As a father of four, not only does
Beckham understand the needs of children, but also greatly empathises with
those children without parents and the basic necessities in life.
Beckham spoke about his previous visit to
South Africa when he visited a township in Cape Town for abused women and
children living with HIV/Aids, and how this inspired him to make HIV/Aids a
focus point within the '7' initiative.
“People said to me you don’t have to do this,
you can just continue being the ambassador for UNICEF and continue to do the
work you’ve been doing, but I need to do more, I need to shine the light on
many different situations around the world,” said the former England captain.
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