Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni today (Wednesday 5 March 2014) backed the Rangers Charity Foundation’s ambitious partnership with UNICEF to protect some of the world’s poorest children from a variety of deadly yet preventable diseases.
The Foundation has reached half way in its bid to fund up to one million vaccines by 2015 and Mohsni urged fans to continue to support the initiative which is protecting children in developing communities against the spread of diseases such as measles, polio and typhoid.
Thanks to the support of fans, the Foundation has already donated £150,000 – enough to fund half a million vaccines – and aims to donate a total of £300,000 by 2015 towards UNICEF’s world-wide vaccination programme.
This commitment builds upon the Foundation’s six year partnership with the world’s leading children’s organisation which has already funded education projects in India and the successful refurbishment of seven health care centres in north-eastern Togo. The centres currently provide clean water and basic medical care to 125,000 children and their families in Togo’s Kara region.
Mohsni was joined by Rangers Manager Ally McCoist and was pictured with children from Ibrox Primary School. McCoist commented: “The wellbeing of every child is precious. It is a tragedy that so many children, some the same age as my own, die of diseases that can easily be prevented.
Mohsni added, “I am a huge fan of the life-changing work UNICEF is carrying out in areas where children are at enormous risk of dying from preventable illnesses. The Foundation prides itself on being able to a make a difference to individuals in need, in this case children. It is an honour to be involved in such a vital and exciting partnership.”
UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull said: “We are immensely proud of our partnership with the Rangers Charity Foundation, which has already led to improved health centres and access to education for thousands of children in impoverished communities in Togo and India.
“I am delighted that the Foundation is supporting UNICEF’s vital immunisation programme, which helps to protect children against deadly but preventable diseases across the globe.”
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About the Rangers Charity Foundation
The Rangers Charity Foundation (Scottish Charity Number SC033287) exists to bring Club, supporters, staff and players together in a unique way to help make the world of difference to thousands of lives through a range of charitable work. Since the Foundation’s inception in 2002 it has donated over £1.2 million in cash awards and over £1.9 million of in-kind support to hundreds of groups and individuals, making a combined total of over £3 million. Further information on the Foundation and its work can be found at www.rangerscharity.org.uk
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children, working in over 190 countries to help every child realise their full potential. We work with partners to transform the lives of children everywhere. UNICEF provides health care, water, nutrition, education and protection for children. The most vulnerable and disadvantaged children are our priority. As champion of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we work to protect and promote the rights of every child. UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit www.unicef.org.uk