International Charity Partner - UNICEF
Respected children’s charity UNICEF was selected at the start of season 2008/09 as the Rangers Charity Foundation’s international partner for an initial three year period and in 2012 the Foundation and UNICEF extended their partnership for a further 3 years. Rangers is the charity’s only Scottish football partner and only the sixth partner club in world football alongside the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and AC Milan.
Following the successful completion of two major initiatives with UNICEF, one in West Africa funding the refurbishment and equipping of 7 health care centres and one in India funding an exciting education project, the Foundation announced in 2012 an ambitious new campaign which will fund one million vaccines at a cost of £300,000. The ‘One In A Million’ initiative will help protect some of the world’s most vulnerable children from a range of deadly but preventable diseases.
McCoist, a Patron of the Foundation, commented, “We believe every child is precious and ‘one in a million’, deserving a happy and healthy future. One million vaccines can help make a real and tangible difference to the health of children in some of the poorest areas of the developing world and as the charitable spirit of our fans is also one in a million, we are sure they will support this new project all the way.”
Anita Tiessen, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF UK added, “Immunisation is a vital part of UNICEF’s work and we thank Rangers and their fans for their commitment and continued support in changing the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Every day 4,000 children die and many more will fall ill from diseases that could be prevented by a simple vaccination. Protection from these diseases starts from as little as 26p which provides 3 doses of the DTP vaccine to protect a child from diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. 27p provides 3 doses of the polio vaccine which is sufficient to protect a child from this debilitating disease.
UNICEF is the world’s largest distributor of vaccines to the developing world, immunising one in three of the world’s children in over 190 countries. UNICEF reaches children with vaccines wherever they live, even operating in emergency situations such as in Syria.
Rangers Charity Foundation Manager Connal Cochrane commented, “Together with UNICEF we have improved the lives of 125,000 children and their families via the refurbishment of seven vital health care centres in Togo which now provide clean water and basic medical care to some of the world’s poorest children.
“Our exciting new ‘One In a Million’ initiative will change children’s lives for the better. It is tragic to think that every day children fall seriously ill with life-threatening diseases which are preventable and we are proud to be able to support UNICEF’s work, helping to create a more positive future for one million of the world’s children.”
UNICEF is the leading children’s organisation, reaching children in more than 150 countries around the world. UNICEF works with local communities and governments across the globe to help every child realise their full potential by providing health care, nutrition, education and by protecting children affected by crises including war, natural disasters and HIV and AIDS.
For further information on UNICEF you can visit their website by clicking here.