Date Published: 9 November 2008
Manchester United stars raise over £65,000 for world's children
Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dimitar Berbatov were among the Manchester United players, staff and partners to turn out in style tonight for the seventh annual prestigious United for UNICEF Gala Dinner, in aid of the club's international charity partner UNICEF.
Tonight’s event had a ‘Champions of Youth’ theme, recognising the important role of young people in the clubs on-field success, whilst also highlighting Manchester United’s commitment, through the nine year ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership, to supporting the rights and needs of children and young people everywhere, ensuring that that they survive, thrive and fulfil their full potential.
Funds raised from the Gala Dinner will support UNICEF’s global children and AIDS campaign ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’. HIV and AIDS are having a devastating impact on young people worldwide. In China, an estimated 200 people are infected with HIV each day; the vast majority of these people are young. Money raised by tonight’s Gala Dinner will help to fund an innovative UNICEF HIV prevention project that will provide young Chinese people with the education and information they need to protect themselves from HIV.
This year's event was hosted by Sky TV’s James Cooper and featured special performances from a range of young talent including Ray Quinn (X Factor 2007 Runner-Up), who entertained a host of guests including Manchester United management and players past and present, along with celebrities from the world of Sport, TV and Showbiz and many of the cast of Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
A high profile Grand Auction offered a range of dazzling prizes including a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch UNICEF Ambassador David Beckham’s LA Galaxy team in action in Los Angeles, whilst a silent auction and raffle gave attendees the chance to win money-can’t-buy prizes whist supporting UNICEF’s work.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United Manager and UNICEF Ambassador said:
“At Manchester United, we are committed to supporting young people. Today, across the world young people face many great challenges, but undoubtedly one of the greatest is AIDS. AIDS is having a devastating effect, robbing youngsters of their families, their friends and their future.
But there is hope. Tonight’s Gala Dinner gives us the chance as a club to show our full support for these young people and raise funds for UNICEF’s vital work to ensure that the young are protected from HIV. Tonight’s Gala Dinner will make a lasting difference to the lives of children worldwide.”
UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull added:
“Manchester United‘s support for UNICEF and our AIDS campaign is vital for our work. The funds raised by tonight’s United for UNICEF Gala Dinner will provide thousands of children in China with the education and information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones from HIV. With this money we will be able to give children the chance of a future.”
Source: UNICEF Main Website.
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