NEW YORK/ TORONTO/SEOUL, 12 July 2010 — UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of the international skating sensation Yuna Kim as its newest Goodwill Ambassador.
The 2010 Olympic gold winner, who has long been supportive of UNICEF’s work on behalf of the world’s children, was motivated to step up her engagement following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
“I am honored to be chosen as an international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador,” said Yuna Kim, who is currently training in Toronto. “I want to use my own positive experience to help the children of Haiti and the millions of vulnerable children around the world. Even in the hardest circumstances, dreams can give you the courage to live, and I hope I can share that message with children in need."
Ms. Kim, 19, was born in South Korea and began skating at the age of five. She won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver in women’s single skating and is ranked number one in the world by the International Skating Union (ISU). She is also the first female skater to pass the 200-point mark under the ISU judging system.
“Yuna Kim is not just a figure skating champion, she is a wonderful champion for children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
Ms. Kim has lent her voice to help raise awareness about the world’s most vulnerable children. She has recorded a special television plea for additional help for Haiti’s children, six months after the devastating earthquake – reminding the world that Haiti’s problems are far from over and that its children continue to be in serious need.
“We are excited that Yuna Kim is joining us as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and look forward to her inspiring support for children just as she inspired the world at the Olympics,” said Mr. Lake.
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