||An improvised football match in Senegal.
Watching a FIFA World Cup, one can really feel the power that comes
from people all over the world focusing their attentions simultaneously
on the same thing. In the 1998 FIFA World Cup, one-sixth of the
entire worlds population tuned in for the final match, forming
for an instant an international community that crossed ethnic, religious
and economic boundaries.
One can only imagine the potential impact if we collectivelyfocus
our attention on the worlds children. There are many ways
you can get involved:
Pledge your support for children
Get involved in the Say Yes for Children campaign by pledging your
support at www.unicef.org/say_yes
Organize at the local level
- Organize matches at your school or your childrens schools
to benefit UNICEF programmes, many of which bring football programmes
to children in difficult circumstances.
- Adopt a football team in an underprivileged area and raise money
for their football kits and supplies.
- Dedicate time in your teams matches to teaching children
and young people about another country less fortunate than their
own and the issues that children face there.
Donate to UNICEF, and help support programmes that ensure a childs
right to play is respected and protected. Go to www.supportunicef.org
to pledge your support.
Contact a UNICEF National Committee
In some countries, UNICEF has national offices that help UNICEF
raise funds. Contact your local National
Committee to see how you can volunteer or otherwise get involved.
Do your part to protect every childs right to play.