David Beckham ‘extremely honoured’ to receive UNICEF Humanitarian Leadership Award – hellomagazine.com
January 12, 2016
He recently celebrated ten years as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and now David Beckham is proud to announce that he has been honoured with the Huminatarian Leadership Award at the UNICEF Ball.
The former footballer scooped the award at the black-tie gala in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The gala is celebrating its sixth year of paying tribute to outstanding humintarians who have helped UNICEF’s mission of saving the lives of children.
David Beckham was honoured with the UNICEF’s Humanitarian Leadership Award
Announcing the news on his Instagram, the father-of-four wrote: “Extremely honoured to receive the @UNICEFUSAâ€™s Humanitarian Leadership Award this evening at the #UNICEFBall. I canâ€™t wait to continue doing all I can for Unicef and my 7 Fund, 7.org, to help children across the world.“
The privilege came after the sports hero came up with the plan to play seven football matches on seven continents, travelling from a mountain village in Asia to the frozen wastes of Antarctica. David’s mission, which he documented on social media with the hashtag #LoveOfTheGame, raised awareness for UNICEF.
David played seven games in seven continents for charity
The 40-year-old came up with the idea, which is extremely close to his heart, as a way of celebrating his ten years as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and named the charity foundation Seven, which is the number he played with as a footballer.
“I remember sitting on a plane and discussing this idea with friends and never thinking it would become a reality,” said the former England international. “I’m genuinely excited now we can realise this ambitious idea.”
David used his own experiences with football to help transform the lives of young children. “Whether as a player or out in the field for UNICEF and other charitable partners, I have seen the transformational effect that sport and in particular football has on people’s lives. This epic journey will allow me to show the positive side of the game I love and shine a light on the passion and selflessness of people that play this sport as a force for good,” he said.