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Join in! Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony to feature UNICEF

Be sure to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from 10pm on Wednesday 23 July, when celebrities, athletes and spectators from around the world unite in support of UNICEF’s work for children.

This special event is a result of a ground-breaking partnership between Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and UNICEF, with the aim of raising funds and support for children in every country in the Commonwealth.

The Opening Ceremony – which will be televised live on SuperSport from 10pm on 23 July – will feature celebrities in support of UNICEF such as singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger, cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and footballing supremo Sir Alex Ferguson.

Athletes and viewers in various countries will all have the chance to play their part in the ceremony by making a donation via SMS or the website, creating a powerful Games legacy for children.

Speaking about his involvement with UNICEF, Sachin Tendulkar said: “I am proud to be part of the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony in support of UNICEF’s global appeal for children. I’ve witnessed how UNICEF makes such a difference to children’s lives, and I hope that everyone will tune in to the Opening Ceremony to be part of a Commonwealth-wide moment that has never been done before.”

Support UNICEF’s work for children!

  • To donate online, visit
  • To donate R30 by SMS, send the word UNICEF to 42451

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4 500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.




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