United for Unicef
Over the last 14 years, the United for UNICEF partnership has raised over £3 million, impacting on the lives of over 3.4 million vulnerable children worldwide. It is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global children’s organisation.
The partnership has recently been renewed for a further three years and the Club has pledged to raise a further £1 million during that period. This money will go towards helping transform the lives of vulnerable children in Vietnam who are affected by abuse, exploitation and neglect.
There are currently an estimated 23.6 million children living in Vietnam and more than 20 per cent of them are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and neglect. The funding will be used to support children who are orphans, those who have been involved in child labour or trafficking, and others who live on the streets or suffer from drug abuse. In addition, the partnership will:
- Train 160 social welfare managers to identify children at risk
- Train 400 community based social workers on child protection
- Support the Vietnamese government in developing a national child protection system
- Use activities including football to engage with marginalised children and ensure they are getting the support they need.
David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, said: "We are immensely proud of our long-standing partnership with Manchester United and the continued commitment from the club and its fans to improving the lives of vulnerable children across the world. UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations and partnerships like United for UNICEF, and we are delighted that Manchester United has renewed this partnership for a further three years, helping us make a lasting difference to the lives of many more children."
Manchester United will raise £1 million over the next three years through a variety of activities and with the support of fans from around the world and players.
The annual United for UNICEF Gala Dinner, held at Old Trafford, and attended by all the first team players, is a highlight in the partnership calendar. The most recent event in December 2013 raised a record-breaking £210,000 to help support the provision in Vietnam.
Read more about the United for UNICEF Gala Dinner.