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Ewan McGregor Launches Horn of Africa TV Appeal for UNICEF NZ

Saturday 3 September 2011, 9:55AM
By UNICEF New Zealand
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UNICEF Ambassador and actor Ewan McGregor is pledging his support for UNICEF NZ’s (UN Children’s Fund) fundraising campaign, Time to Share, with the launch of a 30 second television appeal urging people to help the millions of children suffering in the Horn of Africa.

McGregor, who has travelled all over the world and has seen the work of UNICEF in the field, hopes to boost funds for UNICEF’s work in Somalia and across the Horn of Africa with his filmed message. It can be viewed at www.unicef.org.nz and and on multi TV channels.

In the appeal message, McGregor says, “Right now more than 250 children are dying in Somalia every day. That’s one little boy or girl dead from starvation every six minutes.”

“Half a million children are days away from death. This is a famine and children are dying.”

“UNICEF is the biggest provider of life saving food in East Africa, but even UNICEF is struggling. They need your help and they need it now,” he says.

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director of UNICEF NZ said, “Kiwis have been incredibly generous to date with support for our work in the Horn of Africa. As a result, in August alone UNICEF was able to get 1600 metric tons of aid, including therapeutic foods and health kits, to the people who need it. UNICEF is also working hard to get schools re-opened this month with the aim of having 300,000 students back in classrooms to continue their education.

“But the situation can and will get worse without continued support. There have been outbreaks of measles and cholera, plus there is the threat from malaria when the October rains come. UNICEF is urgently vaccinating children and getting in place preventative measures against malaria such as providing nets. Children in the Horn of Africa have nothing so please share what you can.”

The TV appeal is part of UNICEF NZ’s new Time to Share campaign, which encourages people in New Zealand to share what they can with those in the Horn of Africa who are starving.

UNICEF NZ urgently needs funds to reach malnourished children in Southern Somalia and other countries in need in East Africa. Please donate now at www.unicef.org.nz or call 0800 800 194.