International TV Presenter Cat Deeley became a Unicef UK Ambassador in 2010. Cat has been a part of Soccer Aid since its second year and has continually supported Unicef's corporate partners including Barclays, M&S and British Airways.
Cat's first visit with Unicef was to the Philippines in 2008 to see our projects for street children in Manila for Soccer Aid 2. In 2009 Cat travelled to São Paulo, Brazil to meet children in the favelas (slums) who are benefitting from Unicef's education and healthcare work.
Cat saw Unicef's immunisation work in Madagascar in 2010 as part of Soccer Aid 3 and saw how Unicef uses the money raised to vaccinate children against diseases like polio.
In 2013, Cat travelled to India to visit young women in the urban slums of Mumbai and rural villages of Chandrapur, who are being empowered with financial and business skills through the Unicef and Barclays Building Young Futures programme, which helps reach the 75 million young people unemployed worldwide. Read Cat’s exclusive blog from her trip.
Cat continued her support for Soccer Aid in 2014 when she visited an institution for abandoned children in Serbia as part of Soccer Aid 5. She saw how Unicef-supported programmes can ensure that abandoned children are given the chance to grow up in a loving family home. Cat also hosted the Countdown pre-match celebrity chat show for Soccer Aid, in which she interviewed the players and spoke about Unicef’s work for children.
Most recently Cat, along with a number of well-known faces, supported our New Year's Eve campaign. Cat featured in our Happy Blue Year film encouraging people to make a resolution they can keep and help children affected by the conflict in Syria.
Follow Cat at @catdeeley