Dermot O'Leary

UNICEF UK Ambassador

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“Visiting Jordan’s Refugee Camps Showed Me What Soccer Aid for UNICEF Is All About”

In 2018 Dermot travelled to Jordan, to see UNICEF’s work on the ground. Dermot met with children and their families based at the Za’atari refugee camp.

During his trip he met with Rob Jenkins who was, at the time, the country representative for UNICEF within Jordan. Rob is now Chief of Education for UNICEF globally and he joined Dermot on his Audible podcast ‘People Just People‘. Rob has worked with UNICEF for many years building a wealth of experience on the ground overseeing projects in Somalia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and Mozambique. And most recently dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan.

Following his trip, Dermot also penned a first person blog post for Huffington Post, reflecting on his experience.

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Dermot O'Leary, following his trip to Jordan in 2018

Dermot’s time with UNICEF

TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary has hosted Soccer Aid for UNICEF since 2010.

Dermot has provided invaluable support for numerous petitions and fundraising campaigns via his social media platforms – amplifying UNICEF’s message to his dedicated and passionate followers.

He has not only generously donated his time in UNICEF’s name, but also his network – Dermot donated a brilliant X Factor prize to 2018’s Halloween Ball, which raised a fantastic sum.

Dermot became an official UNICEF UK Ambassador in 2020.

Alex Scott and Dermot O'Leary at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2023
Dermot O'Leary is joined by guest pundits Jermaine Jenas, Steph Houghton and Big Zuu at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2023
Dermot is joined by guest pundits Alex Scott, Maya Jama and Omid Djalili at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2020
Dermot is joined by fellow UNICEF Ambassador David Beckham at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021
Dermot with Alex Scott and Lee Mack at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2022