UK model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes emotional Journey to meet children living in Phnom Penh's urban settlements
© Rosie Huntington-Whiteley/Instagram
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 3 April 2014 – UK model, actress and UNICEF supporter, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, posted photos on Instagram of her journey to Cambodia’s capital today to make an appeal filmto be broadcast on the British television channel ITV during Soccer Aid on Sunday, 8 June.
Rosie travelled with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, to meet children living in overcrowded urban areas around the capital, Phnom Penh, who are struggling against poverty, hunger and disease.
“I’ve been so inspired by the children I’ve met on my first day in Cambodia, despite the conditions they live in,” said Rosie.
“It was heartbreaking to meet a mum whose baby daughter died from diarrhoea when she was just six months old because of the sewage and dirty conditions. When children get ill here, they don’t always have access to medicine or clean water to be able to get better...yet it costs so little to help save a child’s life. That’s why I’m supporting UNICEF’s vital work through Soccer Aid."
"UNICEF is pleased to welcome Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Cambodia where the children are facing huge challenges" said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to Cambodia. "Shockingly, an estimated 50 children under the age of five die every day from largely preventable diseases. UNICEF is working to change that and we hope that Rosie's time here will help raise awareness of the problems affecting children here."
Soccer Aid is an electrifying football match in which two star-studded squads of football legends and the world’s biggest stars compete in aid of UNICEF.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org.kh