UNICEF participated in the 39th Athens Authentic Marathon with the message "End violence against children”
On the occasion of its first participation in the Marathon, UNICEF also announced its third Goodwill Ambassador for Greece, Paralympian Antonis Tsapatakis
ΑTHENS, 14 NOVEMBER 2022 — With the message of combating all forms of violence against children and in cooperation with the Hellenic Athletics Association (SEGAS), UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors for Greece, Ηelena Paparizou, George Perris and the most recent member of the ‘family’, Antonis Tsapatakis, represented the Organization for the first time in the 5 km race of the 39th Authentic Athens Marathon, which took place on Sunday morning, November 13th.
The UNICEF team consisted of children and young people as well as distinguished figures from the arts and entertainment landscape, including Fay Skorda, Marios Fragoulis, Helena Christopoulou and Aphrodite Grameli.
UNICEF estimates that globally one billion children endure violence every year. Either a child has experienced it or has witnessed an incident. In Greece, UNICEF has set as one of the key priorities of its 5-year National Office Programme, the strengthening of prevention and response mechanisms as well as awareness-raising among the general public, in cooperation with relevant state and local authorities and allied with its Goodwill Ambassadors and representatives of the press, entertainment and sports.
In this context, the UNICEF Greece Country Office looks forward to expanding its cooperation with SEGAS, so that children and young people of all ages and regardless of their abilities can integrate sport and its benefits into their daily lives, with a view to embrace inclusiveness and promote fair play and healthy competition.
On the occasion of its first participation in the Marathon, UNICEF had the pleasure to officially announce to the Greek and international public the third consecutive Goodwill Ambassador for Greece, Paralympian Antonis Tsapatakis, who will join forces with the Organization's Office in Greece to promote the inclusion, well-being and progress of children and young people with disabilities in the country.
"It is a great honour and thrill for me to join UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors’ team in Greece to strengthen the inclusion and well-being of all children and young people across the country - whether they are children with disabilities or not."
"Through this role, I want to convey the message that we must all act for all. Therefore, I invite all of you to become ambassadors of the message of equality and prosperity for every child in Greece!" said Antonis Tsapatakis.
"It is a great honour for us to include in Goodwill Ambassadors’ team the Paralympian Anthonis Tsapatakis, who has written his own history in the sports world, making all Greeks proud both with his performance and especially with the greatness and strength of his soul", said the UNICEF’s Representative in Greece, Mr. Luciano Calestini, adding "the issue of inclusion and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities is a key priority for our Office in Greece. We are confident that Mr. Tsapatakis' contribution will be instrumental in strengthening the work of UNICEF and competent institutions in the country towards this direction."
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Greece, visit www.unicef.org/greece.