World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Manchester U Goes Into Overtime To Support UNICEF

Manchester United Goes Into Overtime To Support UNICEF Development Work

New York, Jul 26 2005 6:00PM

The Manchester United football club today announced a new four-year pledge to enhance the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Sport for Development work aimed at incorporating the power and potential of sport into its country programmes around the world, UNICEF said.

UNICEF and Manchester United provided details of the plan at a press conference in Beijing where players presented children from China's Sichuan region with 500 Sport-in-a-Box kits as part of a programme funded by the football club to educate school children about the risks of trafficking.

Filled with all the essential tools to play a range of team sports, Sport-in-a-Box will assist the programme by creating an informal, playful environment in which children are more receptive to the dissemination of important trafficking prevention messages.

Trafficking of women and children in China is high on the agenda of the Government of China and UNICEF. The Manchester United-funded pilot venture in Sichuan focuses on the all-important prevention aspect, by investing in the education of children to avoid them being trafficked in the first place, UNICEF said.

It said this latest pledge extends the established 'United for UNICEF' public-private partnership from six years ten years, making it the longest collaboration between a premiership football club and a global charity. Since the partnership began in 1999, Manchester United has raised over £1.5 million for UNICEF, directly helping over 1.5 million children.

Sport is recognized by the UN as a powerful and cost-effective way to advance the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed set of development targets aimed at fighting a host of socio-economic ills, UNICEF also said.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news