As previously stated in of “Celebrities who are goodwill ambassadors for UNICEF, part 1,” away from their careers in acting, music, sports and other professions, many celebrities spend their free time working as goodwill ambassadors for UNICEF, raising awareness and making the difference in the lives of children all over the world who are suffering due to tragedy, regardless of the cause of their suffering.
Founded in December 1946, UNICEF works to help children around the world, fighting for the basic rights of children and working to help children across the globe have access to food, water, education, medicine and other necessities for them to build better lives. In addition the agency works to protect children from abuse and exploitation, to help in the battle against the spread of HIV/AIDS and to help promote gender equality around the world.
The first celebrity UNICEF goodwill ambassador was comedic actor Danny Kaye who held the position from 1954 until his death in 1987. Other late celebrities who have served as goodwill ambassadors were Audrey Hepburn and Peter Ustinov.
The following celebrities are presently following in footsteps of these three humanitarians. They, along with other celebrities, endeavor to make a difference in the lives of children who live in situations of hardship and tragedy all over the world.
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American actress Alyssa Milano has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2003. She has worked to raise awareness in the battles against child HIV/AIDS in Angola and against child poverty in Kosovo. In addition, she works on fund raising efforts for UNICEF.
American actor Laurence Fishburne has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 1996; he has travelled to South Africa, the Ivory Coast and Liberia to tour UNICEF missions involving the fight against HIV/AIDS and to visit child war refugees and former child soldiers. He also participated in fundraising for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and he narrated the UNICEF documentary “The State of the World’s Children.”
American actress Téa Leoni has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2001 and she has been a National board member on the UNICEF U.S. Fund since 2006. She has traveled extensively, visiting UNICEF programs in Haiti, Brazil, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Honduras which educate about HIV/AIDS prevention. She also participated in fundraising for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her family has been involved in UNICEF operations since 1947; she is the third generation in in her family to work with UNICEF.
Sir Roger Moore
British actor Roger Moore has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since August 1991. In addition to traveling for the relief organization and learning about various crises which plague children across the globe, he has been a highly effective fundraiser for UNICEF. He also helped to develop “Check out for Children,” a key immunization program for children.
American Tennis player Serena Williams has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since September 2011. Her focus is presently on education and she works with the Schools for Africa and the Schools for Asia programs.
Irish actor Liam Neeson has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since March 2011, giving his support to programs which combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and to programs which combat early childhood deaths.
American actress Susan Sarandon has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since December 1999. She has worked to bring greater light to issues such as education, child development, child hunger, poverty and HIV/AIDS rates in developing nations.
American Actress Lucy Liu has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2004. She has travelled to the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Pakistan, Peru, and Russia in UNICEF efforts to help supply children with necessary food, water, and medical treatment. A primary focus throughout her time with the relief organization has been to bring greater attention to the crime of child trafficking.
British actress Vanessa Redgrave has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since June 1995. She visited refugee camps in Albania and other regions. Her work with UNICEF has had a strong focus on children who have suffered in countries and regions plagued by war. She co-created “Wake up World,” a film detailing UNICEF’s achievements.
Sarah Jessica Parker
American actress Sarah Jessica Parker has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 1997. Heavily involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and education, she started the UNICEF HIV/AIDS Innovation Fund in 2011. In addition, she has participated in numerous campaigns held by UNICEF dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis.