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Football united our hearts to help children

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Kyiv, September 28, 2011 - Today, a charity auction has taken place, organised by the Embassy of Spain in Ukraine together with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and the Football Federation of Ukraine.

Spain and Ukraine has always been helping children since the Spanish Civil War and the Chernobyl disaster. That is why the Embassy of Spain has offered its good friends from the Football Federation of Ukraine and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine to hold a charity auction.

Sport unites the countries and peoples, and today's auction united football and the desire to help children. For children it is important to maintain an active lifestyle and exercise.
That is why the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is actively working with athletes and sports teams to attract their projects. An example of such partnership is the FC Barcelona (FC Barcelona), with which UNICEF cooperates successfully for several years.

The Football Federation of Ukraine is also working successfully to attract children to football and implements programs to help children. As a good friend of the Spanish Embassy, the Football Federation of Ukraine always joins the events that the Embassy of Spain initiates.

At the auction balls and shirts with signatures of players from football clubs of Spain and Ukraine were presented. FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Dynamo Kyiv, Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukrainian national football team were those who provided lots for the auction.

Auction lots

All the assets from the sale of lots at the auction will be used to finance projects of UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) aimed to help children who need care the most: children's football team for street children in Odessa and Family Center in the village Tseptsevychi. Projects are implemented by Odessa Charitable Fund "The Way Home" and a public organization "Zorya" in the village Tseptsevychi, Rivne region. Charity auction was also supported by the Ukrainian pop stars, whose songs inspired the participants to change children's lives for the better. Gaytana presented her new song "Viva Europe," which she wrote specially for the football championship Euro 2012. Also at the event Andriy Kishe also presented his song "The Fire of hearts," which he wrote for UNICEF.

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About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a world leader on protection of child rights and best interests of a child. UNICEF is working on the ground in 150 countries to protect and support children from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Ukraine in 1997. For more information:

For further information, please contact: Yulia Yurova, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine



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