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South Africa

South African designer Gavin Rajah creates one-of-a-kind doll to benefit UNICEF

© UNICEF South Africa/2007/Samson
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and fashion designer Gavin Rajah spoke with UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman at a recent donor luncheon in Cape Town, South Africa.

PRETORIA, South Africa, 30 November 2007 – South African couturier and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gavin Rajah has created a high-fashion doll to raise funds in support of UNICEF’s ongoing work.

In creating this glamorous gift, Mr. Rajah joins a select group of the world’s most prestigious designers who have been commissioned to do the same.

“As a designer, it’s been just great creating something for a child to play with,” said Mr. Rajah. “The irony is that it will go towards supporting so many of the children of the world who do not have the simple privilege of being able to play.”

Champion of children’s rights

Mr. Rajah’s doll is embellished in diamonds and gold donated by Galaxy Jewellers of South Africa, which collaborated with him in the decoration of the doll. Their partnership marks the launch of Galaxy’s ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ line of jewellery developed exclusively for children.

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Mr. Rajah’s glamorous creation, which is currently on display in Paris, is part of the annual designer collection of dolls known as the Frimousses de Créateurs et Frimousses du Monde.

“Through his generous philanthropy and advocacy Mr. Rajah continues to champion the rights of children to grow and develop healthy, educated, protected and safe – not only in South Africa but all around the world,” said UNICEF Representative in South Africa Macharia Kamau.

“We are especially pleased that this generous initiative has come in the year that we celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and extend our heartfelt thanks to Gavin for his support of UNICEF’s work,” Mr. Kamau added.

Auction event planned

Mr. Rajah’s creation was first shown on 29 November in Paris, as part of the Frimousses de Créateurs et Frimousses du Monde, an annual show featuring dolls and designs from fashion luminaries such as John Galliano for Dior and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

The doll will now be auctioned during an event hosted by singer and UNICEF France Goodwill Ambassador Laeticia Hallyday and is expected to raise approximately €50,000 (or about $74,000) for UNICEF’s programmes.



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