Sporting heroes Sir Chris Hoy, Colin Jackson, Nicola Adams and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, as well as UNICEF UK Ambassadors and High Profile Supporters including Ewan McGregor, Eddie Izzard and Tom Hiddleston have taken to Twitter to encourage the public applying for seats at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer to include a donation to charity partner UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation. 
UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are working together to use the power of the Games to transform children’s lives in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. 
Sports fans have the opportunity to donate £5, £3 or £1 to UNICEF’s life changing work for children when applying for any of the one million tickets that are on sale at 
UNICEF UK High Profile Supporter and BBC Athletics pundit Colin Jackson took to Twitter to encourage sports fans to include a donation to UNICEF when applying to buy tickets. He said “There has never been better reason to apply for Glasgow 2014 tickets. Not only will you be part of the biggest and most exciting sporting event to take place in the UK next year, but by choosing to opt-in and donate to UNICEF you will be helping transform children’s lives.”
Others used Twitter to join the call to support UNICEF when buying tickets, including UNICEF UK Ambassadors Eddie Izzard and Ewan McGregor.  
Eddie Izzard tweeted; ‘Very good to hear #Glasgow2014 tickets on sale! You can donate to @UNICEF_uk when buying too, the official charity partner of the Games.’ @eddieizzard
Followed by Ewan McGregor; ‘Tickets are on sale for #Glasgow2014! Visit and opt in to donate to @UNICEF_uk at the same time.’ @mcgregor_ewan
The partnership between UNICEF and Glasgow 2014 aims to make the Games the biggest moment ever for children across the Commonwealth, and intends to enable and inspire children in Scotland and the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.
UNICEF receives no funding from the UN budget, and relies entirely on voluntary donations to carry out its life-saving work for children.
How your money could help children
Every donation helps transform children’s lives. For example;
● £3 could buy five months’ worth of vitamin sprinkles that make sure a malnourished child gets the vitamins they need to develop to their full potential
● £5 could buy mosquito nets to protect two families from malaria and help reduce the number of children dying from this killer disease
● £18 could buy a five quality footballs, equipping a school so children have the chance to play, exercise and have fun. 


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For more information, please contact Helen Wylie, Media Manager, UNICEF UK on +44 (0)20 7375 6258 or +44 (0)20 7375 6030 or 
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
About Glasgow 2014
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland. Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Virgin Media, BP, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, EY, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, NVT Group, Cisco, RGS, Trespass, Riedel, and Ticketmaster  Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.