Unicef was selected at the start of the 2008/09 season as the Rangers Charity Foundation’s international partner. Rangers is Unicef’s only Scottish football partner and only the sixth partner club in world football alongside the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Brondby.
Keeping children safe in emergencies
During this time, Unicef and Rangers have worked together on several major initiatives. In September 2016, the partnership was extended for a further two years as Rangers made a commitment to support Unicef UK’s Children’s Emergency Fund.
The Fund enables Unicef to respond immediately to help children caught up in emergencies, without having to wait to launch a public appeal. The Children’s Emergency Fund is vital when an emergency may not have attracted wide attention or where interest has waned.
A longstanding partnership
Prior to this, Rangers supported Unicef’s vaccination work to protect children against the spread of preventable diseases such as measles, polio and typhoid. An total of £300,000 was raised by Rangers helping Unicef to reach 1 million children with potentially lifesaving vaccinations.
Between 2010 and 2012, Rangers supported Unicef in Togo with a project to reconstruct and equip seven healthcare centres. The Foundation pledged £200,000 for the two year project which is now helping to improve the lives 125,000 children and their families in Togo’s Kara region.
At the outset of the partnership, Rangers helped to fund an education programme in Rajasthan, India. The programme aimed to increase school admissions, particularly among young girls who may have been unable to complete primary school.