£4million pledged for UNICEF
MANCHESTER, 28 May 2012 - A crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to Manchester United’s Old Trafford this evening to witness England defeat Rest Of The World in an enthralling encounter, by three goals to one, 3-1.
Second half goals from England’s Teddy Sheringham, Jonathan Wilkes and Kevin Phillips cancelled out Rest Of The World’s Sergio Pizzorno first half wonder goal to regain the Soccer Aid trophy.
By the time the final whistle blew ITV viewers had pledged around £2million to UNICEF’s vital work saving children’s lives, which will be matched by the UK Government pound for pound, bringing the total to around £4million so far. The final figure will be announced in due course.
David Bull, Executive Director UNICEF UK, “Tonight at Soccer Aid, two teams united with the public for a common cause - to help UNICEF save children's lives. The generosity of the British public has been amazing and we are so grateful for everyone who picked up their phone to give as much as they could to help us provide food, vaccines and other life saving supplies to children who desperately need it. Thank you.'
The UK International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell added: "The huge public response to Soccer Aid shows that those watching tonight's game were united not only by a love of football but by a fantastic generosity of spirit. We will reflect that spirit by matching all public donations pound for pound from our existing aid budget, helping UNICEF reach hundreds of thousands more children in East and West Africa."
The public can continue to donate to UNICEF by visiting ITV.com/socceraid
For further information, please contact:
Nick Dear, ndear pr, 07753 811 918/
Katie Greenaway, Endemol, 0208 222 4994 /
Rae Langford, Endemol, 0208 222 4176 /
Rachel Hassall, Endemol, 0208 222 4994/
Alicia Jones, UNICEF, 020 7375 6117 /