David Beckham is a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and has supported Unicef since 2005. In 2015, his tenth year with Unicef, he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger.
David has supported Unicef since 2005 when he became a Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on sport for development, and he now supports Unicef to protect the rights of vulnerable children globally.
David’s support for our End Violence campaign
On 5 December 2016, David and Unicef released a powerful new film to shine a light on the issue of violence against children, highlighting how physical and psychological abuse marks children forever.
David’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, but millions of children worldwide bear marks of violence that they have not chosen.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to speak out against violence and act now. Watch the film, share and help #ENDviolence for good.
David’s 11 years with Unicef
Since David became a Unicef supporter in 2005, he has travelled extensively around the world to see Unicef’s work in action.
David visited Sierra Leone to help focus global attention on child survival – raising awareness of the high death rate of under-fives and how these deaths could be prevented. He also travelled to South Africa to see Unicef’s work with children and families living with HIV and AIDS and 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.
He also met the UK Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street to call for more action to help children affected by malnutrition around the world.
In February 2014 he made a second visit to the Philippines to meet children affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and see 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 fifth Soccer Aid appeal, in which he saw how donations can make a difference to emergency responses. David helped launch our Philippines Typhoon children’s appeal, which raised £5.4 million in the UK alone.
David collaborated with Robbie Williams in 2014 for the launch of Unicef’s Children in Danger campaign which aims to protect children from violence, disease, hunger and the chaos of war and disaster.
Most recently, David’s visit to Swaziland, a country supported by his 7 fund, brought global attention to the East and Southern Africa drought that is wreaking havoc on the lives of children and families already made vulnerable by HIV.