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Say Yes, Winter 2008: Famous names become UNICEF Ambassadors

Yıldız Kenter, Müjdat Gezen, Ayşe Kulin and Talat Halman

Professor Yıldız Kenter, Müjdat Gezen and Ayşe Kulin with Professor Talat Halman.
Photograph courtesy of the Anatolian Agency © 2008

Actress Professor Yıldız Kenter, actor Müjdat Gezen and novelist Ayşe Kulin are the latest Goodwill Ambassadors of UNICEF in Turkey. Their titles were conferred by Professor Talat Halman, President of the Turkish National Committee for UNICEF, at a press conference on November 29. The appointments were made upon a joint proposal from the National Committee and the UNICEF Turkey Representation.

All three celebrities have already taken part in public appeals on UNICEF’s behalf. Kenter has staged plays for UNICEF’s benefit. Gezen has donated the income from his books for children and appeared on television spots. Kulin, selected Writer of the Year for 2007 by the Writers Union of Turkey, is known for her support for girls’ education.

Another of UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors is journalist and TV presenter Tayfun Talipoğlu, who has been contributing to UNICEF campaigns and activities for several years, both through television broadcasts and through personal appearances at meetings, conferences and other UNICEF events. He is an active member of the Child Friendly Media Network, which was set up with UNICEF support.

Goodwill Ambassadors may be named at the global, regional or national levels. They assist UNICEF in familiarising the public with child rights and mobilising resources for the benefit of women and children. They are chosen from among respected public figures with an appeal to children, for whom they also serve as role models. UNICEF has worked with almost 200 Goodwill Ambassadors since the first Ambassador, the actor Danny Kaye, was named in 1954.

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