Ferry Salim marks 10th anniversary as UNICEF Indonesia National Ambassador
JAKARTA, 16 June 2014- Marking his 10th anniversary as a UNICEF Indonesia National Ambassador, actor Ferry Salim committed himself to continue playing his leading role as an advocate for the most vulnerable children in the country.
“Over the past decade many children in Indonesia have grown out of poverty. They now have much greater opportunities to learn and live a healthy life than previous generations. However, for many not much has changed. I love to support UNICEF because together we can make a real difference for all those children who are still excluded from our country’s enormous progress,” said Ferry Salim.
“What an honour to have such an amazing individual like Ferry Salim as our public face. During all these years he has been using his talent tirelessly to promote our programmes, from exclusive breastfeeding to the prevention of violence against children, from immunization to emergency response,” said Angela Kearney, UNICEF Indonesia’s Country Representative. “Ferry Salim is a true friend to all Indonesian children.”
In his role as a UNICEF Indonesia National Ambassador, the famous actor has seen first-hand the challenges millions of children around the country are facing. He joined UNICEF in 2004, shortly before the Indian Ocean tsunami hit Aceh, causing the biggest humanitarian emergency the country ever experienced with 170,000 deaths in Aceh province alone. Ferry Salim rushed to Banda Aceh to support UNICEF’s emergency operation and help respond to the needs of children affected by the disaster.
From Sabang to Merauke
Ferry’s trip to Aceh was one of his first experiences with UNICEF. When the award-winning actor is not wowing his fans on the big screen, Ferry is often volunteering to help UNICEF advocate for children. He has been “from Sabang to Merauke”, from one end of Indonesia to the other, to visit UNICEF programme activities, support related advocacy through public engagements and help open doors to influential partners who can further help achieving results for children.
He participated in a vaccination drive to eliminate polio, educated young people about HIV prevention, and advocated for ‘breastfeeding-fathers’, emphasising the importance of support of family members for breastfeeding mothers.
Most recently he has lent his star power and energy to raise awareness on violence against children in Indonesia. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLQ17AjRUbo) (http://unicefindonesia.blogspot.com/2013/11/indonesia-launches-endviolence-against.html).
“Working with UNICEF has allowed me to experience and see the tangible difference we can make together. It’s rewarding for me to know that I can personally contribute to improving the lives of Indonesian children through my support of UNICEF,” he added.
Ferry Salim has three children: Brandon Nicholas (17), Brenda Nabilla (16) and Raoul Sebastian (8), and he is married to Merry Prakasa.
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