Rangers Legend Michael Mols today announced the Rangers Charity Foundation’s new global initiative with Unicef, the world’s leading organisation working for children, which will see the Foundation help keep children safe in emergencies.

Following the successful completion of three major initiatives with Unicef spanning eight years, one in West Africa, another in India and the recent funding of 1 million vaccines for children around the world, the Foundation is proud to announce the extension of its ground breaking partnership for a further two years. The next phase of the partnership will see the Rangers Charity Foundation support Unicef UK’s Children’s Emergency Fund.

Michael Mols, who is taking on the role of Rangers Unicef Partnership Champion, commented: “Every child is precious and every child deserves an education and protection from violence, exploitation and abuse.  Children are the future.

The funds we raise will go to Unicef UK’s Children’s Emergency Fund, which is in place so that Unicef can respond immediately when children are in danger.  It’s hard to think of a more powerful cause for the Rangers Charity Foundation to support and I am honoured to be championing this partnership on behalf of the Foundation and doing whatever I can to raise awareness and funds.”

Unicef UK’s Executive Director Mike Penrose said: “Unicef UK is proud of our long standing partnership with Rangers, which thanks to the fantastic generosity of its fans has already helped hundreds of thousands of children around the world, most recently funding the vaccination of 1 million children against deadly diseases. Now, by supporting Unicef UK’s work to help keep children safe in emergencies, the Rangers Charity Foundation will help to ensure we can respond as quickly as possible when a crisis strikes and help keep more vulnerable children safe.”

For 70 years, Unicef has been a leader for children in emergencies and today responds to hundreds of humanitarian emergencies every year. When a disaster strikes, children are the hardest hit – and they make up more than half of those affected.   Many emergencies don’t reach the headlines, but children’s lives are still at stake.  Children’s worlds are turned upside down.  Many lose families, their homes, their schools, even their lives. 

Unicef UK’s Children’s Emergency Fund enables Unicef to provide a rapid response for children affected by emergencies, whenever and wherever they hit.  This means that Unicef is able to respond immediately with funds to help children, without having to wait to launch a public appeal.  The Fund is vital for Unicef to help children caught up in emergencies that may not have attracted wide attention or where interest has waned.  

Rangers Charity Foundation Director Connal Cochrane commented, “Unicef is a valued friend of the Foundation and our longest standing official charity partner. Our legacy of supporting the world’s most vulnerable children in their hour of need is growing.  We are proud of the difference we have been able to make, and when tragedy and disaster strike across the world we want to play our part in keeping children safe.  The charitable spirit of our supporters is second to none and along with Michael’s backing I am delighted to see this important announcement being made today”.

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Carol Patton, Press Office, Rangers Football Club, Tel: 0141 580 8606 / 07899 948284

A Winning Partnership

The Rangers Charity Foundation has worked in partnership with Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, since 2008 and contributed to successful projects in India and West Africa before successfully reaching its ‘One In A Million’ campaign target to fund one million vaccines for vulnerable children around the world. 

The Foundation believes every child is precious and deserving a safe, happy and healthy future.  The partnership announced today will see the Rangers Charity Foundation’s special link with Unicef celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.

For further information about Unicef, please contact: Claire Blackburn on claireb@unicef.org.uk or 0207 375 6030 

Notes to Editors: 

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 £1.6 million in cash awards and over £2.5 million of in-kind support to hundreds of groups and individuals, making a combined total of over £4.1 million.  

Further information on the Foundation and its work can be found at www.rangerscharity.org.uk.

About Unicef

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