Ewan’s 12 years with Unicef
Ewan’s support for Unicef started in 2004 when he visit Unicef projects in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia during his motorbike adventure, Long Way Round, with Charley Boorman.
In 2007, they embarked on a second adventure for Long Way Down and saw Unicef’s work with child soldiers in Uganda and land-mine awareness programmes in Ethiopia. The same year, they went on to highlight Unicef’s work with children affected by HIV and AIDS through the documentary The Missing Face filmed on a visit to Malawi.
In 2010 Ewan visited Peru with Soccer Aid to raise awareness of child poverty and malnutrition. Ewan also visited India, Nepal and the Congo, to make a documentary film on Unicef’s work immunising some of the world’s hardest-to-reach children. The programme Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission was broadcast on BBC2 in April 2012 and was aired globally in 2013.
In 2014, Ewan supported the Unicef Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games partnership, by introducing the collaboration in-stadium on the night of the Opening Ceremony on the BBC. He called on viewers to Put Children First around the Commonwealth which helped to raise over £5 million for children. He voiced a recording of Baby, I Love You, a baby book given from Unicef, with love, to every baby born in Scotland between the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
Ewan actively supports our work during emergencies and continues to tirelessly fundraise and advocate for Unicef’s work for children worldwide.