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|“I like the fact that UNICEF does not simply provide people with the humanitarian aid, but also elaborates on the tools to solve problems and improve the life of children and women.” - Orlando Bloom|
English film and stage actor Orlando Bloom was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 12 October 2009, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world.
Mr. Bloom has supported UNICEF since 2007, when he first visited schools in the remote western districts of Kaski and Chitwan, two of the poorest areas of Nepal. He spoke about the importance of education and he was able to see how UNICEF's water and sanitation programmes benefit local families. When asked by the children, Mr. Bloom agreed to perform a small role in their local school radio production.
In 2008, Mr. Bloom visited Nepal again to see how UNICEF and its partners are providing clean water for children and families. He also visited the Krasnoselsky centre in Moscow, a shelter for children from economically vulnerable families. In 2008 Mr. Bloom went to Sarajevo to see firsthand the situation of children in the country.
"UNICEF is known all over the world for delivering humanitarian aid," said Orlando, "but they also educate and provide tools to help women and children. I responded to how UNICEF works as much as I did to the work itself. I look forward to learning more and to supporting UNICEF any way I can."
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman said, "Advocacy from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors helps build momentum to improve the lives of children around the world. We are proud to have Orlando Bloom as one of the strong voices for vulnerable children."
Orlando Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England. From an early age, he studied art and drama, first at the British American Drama Academy and then at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1999, he was cast as "Legoas" in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
He has made more than 17 movies, including the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy directed by Gore Verbinski; "Black Hawk Down" and "Kingdom of Heaven," directed by Ridley Scott; "Elizabethtown," directed by Cameron Crowe; "Troy," directed by Wolfgang Peterson; "Ned Kelly" and "Haven." He will next be seen in "Sympathy for Delicious," directed by Mark Ruffalo and "Main Street," Horton Foote's final screenplay.