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South Africa, 28 October 2016: Jo-Ann Strauss appointed as UNICEF South Africa’s newest Ambassador

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Newly-appointed UNICEF National Ambassador, Jo-Ann Strauss at the Westin Ball in support of UNICEF.

UNICEF South Africa has appointed Jo-Ann Strauss as its newest Ambassador. Former Miss South Africa and businessperson will build on her current role as a Celebrity Advocate to raise awareness about UNICEF’s role in South Africa.

As a UNICEF National Ambassador, Jo-Ann will use her voice to speak for the most vulnerable and to support UNICEF in its initiatives. She will also educate the public about UNICEF’s three key priorities including Early Childhood Development, Violence against Children and adolescent development.

“UNICEF has incredible projects around South Africa and I am vert excited about the future and doing more work to create awareness for the rights of children in our beautiful country. As a mom I realise that societies are judged on how they treat the most vulnerable and we need to do more to protect our children. As a UNICEF National Ambassador, I want to use my platform to help us do more to support all children that are vulnerable.”

“We are thrilled to have Jo-Ann on board now as an Ambassador for UNICEF South Africa,” said UNICEF South Africa Representative, Herve Ludovic de Lys.

Jo-Ann joins UNICEF SA Ambassador, Haute Couture designer, Gavin Rajah in South Africa as well as a slew of other international ambassadors including Priyanka Chopra, John Legend, P!nk and others. Jo-Ann Strauss is a media personality, entrepreneur and former Miss South Africa and among the country’s most popular personalities. She has been a UNICEF South Africa Celebrity Advocate since 2015 and was appointed National Ambassador in October 2016. She works tirelessly to raise awareness around children’s rights and the work of the organization. She also features on a prominently-broadcast public service announcement as part of the End Violence campaign.

In addition to her work for UNICEF, she has worked with Stop Hunger Now and an anti-human trafficking organisation called STOP. She has also worked with and enabled many young people to further their educations and careers and is passionate about giving back to the community. She credits a lot of her success to others who saw her potential as a young student in Apartheid South Africa and helped to nurture and develop her talents. She sits on the board of the top media company in South Africa, Media24 and a number of other boards. She also serves on the advisory board of the University of Stellenbosch Graduate School of Business and is passionate about developing young entrepreneurs on the continent.

 

 
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