Goodwill Ambassadors

Celebrity Advocates


Yvonne Chaka Chaka

© UNICEF/SouthAfrica/2007/Hearfield
Yvonne Chaka Chaka a recent telethon for the "Lets Play a Million" campaign to raise a million football for children in South Africa.

Yvonne is acknowledged as a world-class performer defined by originality, creativity, and consummate showmanship. Her passion for music is matched by her commitment to eliminate illiteracy in global society - demonstrated by her ceaseless work with UNISA. In 2003, Yvonne was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNISA (University of South Africa).

Aside from being a performer and an entrepreneur, she is a world-class motivational speaker with a passion for the importance of supporting women in business and the development of women.

UNICEF appointed Yvonne as a Special Ambassador on Malaria in Eastern and Southern Africa in April 2005. In the year since her appointment, Yvonne has been a tireless campaigner for children, ensuring that her voice, unique talents and well-known personality are used to draw global attention to the terrible impact of malaria on Africa's children. In this role, she has traveled to several African countries to call upon policy makers to commit greater human and financial resources to malaria, and to communities where, through her interaction with ordinary people, she has positively influenced use of preventive tools, such as insecticide treated nets. Yvonne’s commitment to social issues also extends to her untiring fundraising efforts and commitment to orphans, people living with HIV, illiteracy, terminal illness, abuse and poverty. In March 2007, Yvonne achieved another milestone when she was appointed a global Roll-Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka
© Yvonne Chaka Chaka
In March 2007, Yvonne Chaka Chaka was appointed a global Roll-Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador.

Some recent milestones

  • Appointed one of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Ambassadors
  • Appointed Johannesburg Tourism Ambassador
  • Taught literacy in Soweto
  • Appointed Goodwill Ambassador for University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Brand Ambassador for First National Bank
  • Honorary Colonel in the South African Air Force (SAAF)
  • Recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award (the highest award for “service above self”)
  • UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa

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