Just yesterday I was a child, although a quarter of a century now separates me from that age. I often discover that childhood feelings are still a part of me. My memories of those times are not all smiles and laughter. I well remember the feelings of need, frustration and unfulfilled hopes, brought about by factors beyond my control.
As such, my encounter and work with UNICEF was inspired by a dream: I dream that every child will have an equal opportunity of realizing his or her full potential, the right to express him or herself freely, of imagining new worlds and realizing his or her dreams, the right to learn, to have a family life and a civilized status in society. These are the ideals which made me join forces with my friends at UNICEF.
The utopian world in my mind may not exist, but I hope we can get closer to this.
I believe it is high time that we take on more responsibility for our children. I encourage you also to support the children of Romania by contributing to UNICEF’s programmes.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Romania”
“Many times, when I think of my childhood years, I remember all the obstacles I had to overcome to fulfill my dream of becoming a football player. There were moments of frustration when I thought my only escape was working harder and harder. Talent was not enough. I needed support and that eventually came.
There were moments of despair which I overcame but which I will never forget.
Every morning I see my children smiling and this fills me with joy. They have a carefree childhood. They are happy. I always tell them that not every child is like them. I want them to understand that we must help those in need. This is why I accepted to support the UNICEF cause in Romania.
Children have the right to dream.
My children’s smile is the greatest gift God has given me!”