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Football stars join CAF and UNICEF to promote education for all children during 2008 African Cup of Nations

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Aaron Mokoena, captain of the South African football team holds the number to send a sms to make a donation towards quality education for all of South Africa’s children. SMS charged at R10*.

“Football I love, but its education that made me who I am today.”

18 January 2008 - South Africa’s Aaron Mokoena, captain of the national team, Bafana-Bafana, and other international football stars playing in African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2008, have come together to help UNICEF raise money for children across Africa to receive a quality education.

Players such as Samuel Eto’o(Cameroon), Stephen Appiah (Ghana), Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria), Salomon Kalou (Cote ‘d Ivoire), Aaron Mokoena and Oumar Tchomogo(Benin), reveal the importance of education and urge the public to support UNICEF by donating R10 through SMS* to the number 38055 or on the UNICEF website at

Aaron Mokoena, Captain of Bafana-Bafana expressed his support for the campaign and for UNICEF’s efforts in advocacy on children’s issues: "UNICEF is working to secure a bright future for all of South Africa’s children. By becoming involved with sport and nurturing the talent that all young people possess, education and sport are real and positive alternatives to the violence and crime often found in our society. I want to thank UNICEF for doing a fantastic job, and from the bottom of my heart for investing in children, not only here in South Africa, but across the continent.”

 In South Africa, Supersport, and Kaya FM, broadcast partners to UNICEF will carry the visual and audio appeals to the public to invest in quality education for all of South Africa’s children, by sending an sms to 38055, quoting the word ‘kids’. SMS charged at  R10*.

UNICEF and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have joined together to promote a child’s right to a quality education. The campaign will be featured during the MTN Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana 2008, on billboards and in televised coverage of matches. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the issue and raise funds.

Commenting on the partnership Mr Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football said:

“We know that across Africa and the world people will be watching the 16 teams competing. It is my belief that we as CAF should do something for the children of Africa. We have chosen to work with UNICEF to raise funds for school books, chalk boards and teacher training. I appeal to football fans everywhere to do their bit and support this appeal.”

All funds raised will be used by UNICEF to support governments to realize the Millennium Development Goal to ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling”.

* Note: Network Operator and administration fees will be deducted from the SMS cost. Service available until the 13/02/08. Helpline 012 354 8201. Errors/failed requests will be billed. SMS charged at premium rates. Free minutes do not apply. All prices include VAT. Obtain bill payers consent before using this service.

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