Friday 24 February 2017

The celebrity ambassadors

Liam Neeson: The actor was appointed a Unicef goodwill ambassador in March -- the first time an Irish person has been appointed to this international role.

Donncha O'Callaghan: The Munster and Ireland rugby star was appointed as an ambassador for the charity in Ireland in August 2009 and has visited Zimbabwe, Haiti and South Africa since then.

Dustin the Turkey: The puppet has helped in a number of fundraisers for the charity since January 2009 and also travelled to South Africa as part of an information trip about HIV/AIDS.

Rory McIlroy: The young golfer is the latest Unicef Ireland ambassador after he was appointed in March. He has since visited Haiti with the charity.

Cathy Kelly: The author has been working with Unicef since 2005 and has highlighted the charity in two of her novels, encouraging readers to take part.

Joe Canning and Dermot Earley:

The GAA stars were appointed ambassadors in September 2010 when the Gaelic Players Association formally announced Unicef Ireland as one of their charity partners.

Stephen Rea: The actor has been supporting Unicef since 2003 and has visited Mozambique as part of his duties.

Gabriel Byrne: The Hollywood star visited Dublin in 2006 to be a guest at Unicef Ireland's mother's day lunch and spoke of his time in Swaziland.

Pierce Brosnan: The former James Bond has been working with the charity over the past decade and the film company he co-owns donated some €17,000 to the charity to help Iraqi children.

Irish Independent

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