BANGKOK, 11 December 2019 – More than 40 celebrities in Thailand are joining UNICEF in its second “Blue Carpet Show for UNICEF’ – a variety television show that aims to raise awareness on challenges facing children in Thailand and across the world, and to mobilize public support for children in need.
The show, which will go live on the coming national Children’s Day on Saturday, 11 January 2020 at 18.20-20.00 hrs., will bring more than 40 leading celebrities and artists, including Mai Davika Hoorne, Nichkhun Horvejkul, and Bambam GOT7, who will unite with UNICEF to make a difference in the lives of children. The telethon is an initiative undertaken by UNICEF in several countries with great success, including in Sweden and Argentina.
Anand Panyarachun, Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF Thailand, announced the upcoming show at the press conference held today in Bangkok. “This year has been a devastating for children around the world. Today, one in four of the world’s children live in a country affected by conflict or a disaster. This shocking number pushes us all to urgently mobilize to meet those children’s immense needs,” said Anand.
“Amid debris, gunshots or epidemics, UNICEF staff and our partners are fearlessly delivering life-saving supplies and humanitarian assistance to children wherever and whoever they are, whenever they need us.” Anand added.
Davika Hoorne, Friend of UNICEF who recently visited Madagascar to learn about the situation of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, said that her first visit to Africa has opened up her eyes on many challenges facing children and the need to provide sustainable support to improve their lives.
“It’s really heartbreaking to see children suffering from a cause that can totally be prevented,” said Davika. “Their futures are hanging on a thread and it’s our responsibility to do whatever it takes to save them.”
Four short films portraying children’s issues in Thailand, Madagascar and Sierra Leone will be released for the first time during the live TV show. The short films feature four celebrities on special missions: Davika Hoorne, Es Kantapong, Sean Jindachot, and TuiTui-Puttachat Pongsuchat.
Earlier this month, UNICEF launched a special teddy bear mascot named “Teddy Blu” as a symbol of the Blue Carpet Show for UNICEF. Popular artists, namely, Peck Palitchoke, BamBam GOT7, Tor Thanapob, Krist-Singto and Gubgib & Paopao joined UNICEF in designing the bear’s limited collections.
“Teddy Blu will convey my wish for children,” said Bambam GOT7. “I really want to help UNICEF mobilize support for children. Please stay tuned for my special performance at the Blue Carpet Show for UNICEF this year!”
Anand said the Blue Carpet Show for UNICEF has demonstrated a collective effort of people from all walks of life in Thailand, including Channel 7HD which supports free airtime, celebrities, corporate partners as well as member of the Thai public come together in support of children. in December 2018, the Blue Carpet Show’s first edition mobilized donations which totaled 15 million baht in support of UNICEF’s programmes for children.
Stay tuned for more details on the ‘Blue Carpet Show for UNICEF’ on Saturday, 11 January 2020 at 18.20-20.00 on Channel 7HD.
Public can purchase a limited edition of Teddy Blu mascot designed by celebrities for 2,990 baht each at www.unicef.or.th/bluecarpetshow. The revenue for Teddy Blu will support UNICEF’s work for children in Thailand and across the world.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.