International football legend David Beckham has supported UNICEF since 2005, when he became a Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on our sport for development work for children.

He has travelled extensively to see UNICEF’s work in action. In 2008 he went to Sierra Leone to help focus global attention on child survival - raising awareness of the high death rate of under fives in Sierra Leone and around the world, and how these deaths could be prevented. He has also travelled to South Africa to see UNICEF's work with children and families living with HIV and AIDS.

In 2011 he visited a UNICEF-supported children's centre in Manila in the Philippines, and supported our East African Children's Crisis appeal to help children affected by the food crisis across the region. 

Then in 2012 he met the UK Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street to call for more action to help children affected by malnutrition around the world.

Most recently, Beckham helped to launch our Philippines Typhoon children's appeal, which raised around £5.4 million in the UK alone.

In February 2014 he made a second visit to the Philippines to meet children affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and how UNICEF continues to support them with health care, counselling and safe spaces to play and learn. David's Philippines visit was part of the Soccer Aid 5 appeal, in which he saw how donations can make a difference to emergency responses.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Per-Anders Pettersson for UNICEF
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.Per-Anders Pettersson for UNICEF