Serena Williams named UNICEF International Ambassador

Tennis Superstar Champion Serena Williams has been appointed UNICEF’S newest International Goodwill Ambassador. NEW YORK (September 20, 2011)   
“Serena Williams isn’t just a world tennis champion, she is a champion for children — and a passionate advocate for providing every child with a quality education,”

 said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Tuesday announcing Serena’s appointment.“We are delighted that Serena is joining us as UNICEF’s newest international Goodwill Ambassador and look forward to working together to win for children.”.

Special and deserved appreciation is mostdeserving ot expession to Serena’s parents Oracene and Richards Williams for raising their daughter to belief in the biblical scripture “that to whom much is given much is expected”  UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake announced Williams’ appointment on Tuesday, saying she is also known as a philanthropist and champion of children.

Serena’s International Acclaim Brings a Weath of Value to the Ambassadorship.  In her new role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Williams will use her popularity and personal interest in children’s issues to support UNICEF’s mission to provide a quality education for the most vulnerable children through the Schools for Africa program and the upcoming Schools for Asia initiatives. The newly minted ambassador is one of the world’s most dominant figures in tennis. To date, Williams has won a total of 13 career Grand Slams and was a Gold Medalist at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics.

What this honor of  being the International Ambassador means to Serena
I believe all children deserve the chance to make something of their lives,” Williams said.  I am committed to helping UNICEF provide a quality education to children to help them build a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

The newly minted ambassador is one of the most dominant figures in tennis. To date, Williams has won a total of 13 career Grand Slams and was a Gold Medalist at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics.

Williams joins a famous roster of past and present UNICEF Ambassadors that includes Danny Kaye, Audrey Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, Mia Farrow, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Yuna Kim and Shakira

Serena First Teamed with UNCIF in 2006 When She Traveled to Ghana
Williams first teamed up with UNICEF in 2006 when she traveled to Ghana, on her first visit to Africa, for the country’s biggest health campaign. During her visit, she joined a team of volunteer health workers who immunized children against deadly childhood diseases, distributed free mosquito bed nets to help prevent malaria and joined local authorities in a demonstration of how to use the life-saving nets.

More About the Important Mission in 2006:  Serena Williams joins the fight against malaria in Ghana .  Tennis star urges women and children to use bed nets

ACCRA, 6 November 2006 – On her first trip to Africa, tennis great Serena Williams called on all children and pregnant women in Ghana to protect themselves from the killer disease malaria by consistently sleeping under bed nets.

On the last day of Ghana’s biggest integrated child health campaign to date, Serena visited Nungua-Zongo, a deprived community in Greater Accra, where she distributed free insecticide-treated bed nets to children under the age of two, administered vitamin A supplements, vaccinated children against polio and observed children receiving the measles vaccine.

“I am really happy to be here in Ghana and to have the opportunity to speak out on the issue of malaria,” Serena said, speaking during her visit. “It is heartbreaking that so many children are dying from a disease that can be prevented. I believe strongly that education can and must play a big role in saving these lives. Children and their families need to know how to protect themselves.”

Malaria is the number one killer of children in Ghana, claiming one-quarter of all under-five deaths every year. The consistent use of treated bed nets could reduce all-cause child mortality in Ghana by 20 per cent, but usage by children under five and pregnant women remains low. As part of the national health campaign, families across the country are being urged to sleep under bed nets through long-term community education efforts.

The vaccinations, vitamin A supplementation and free bed nets provided through the national child health campaign, which ran November 1-5, could help to save 20,000 young lives over the next year. They are critical interventions in a country where some 80,000 children die every year, mostly from preventable causes.

Serena was accompanied on her visit to Nungua-Zongo by Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs Alima Mahama, US Ambassador to Ghana Pamela Bridgewater, and Country Director of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Mike Hammond.

The national child health campaign was led by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service, with support from the Government of Japan, UNICEF, DFID, World Health Organization, Ghana Red Cross Society, World Bank, Measles Initiative, Rotary International, USAID, major development partners of the health sector and the private sector.

Serena’s Passionate Caring Inspires her to Share
her Journey from Compton to Fame and Fortune.

Twenty-five year old Serena rose to fame along with her sister, renowned tennis champion Venus Williams, whose talents allowed both to emerge from a background of poverty in their troubled hometown of Compton, Los Angeles. Four years after turning professional, Serena won her first major tournament by taking the singles title at the 1999 U.S. Open, and went on to win all four Grand Slam titles between 2002-3: the French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 2002 and the Australia Open in 2003. Serena won her second Australian Open in 2005. With UNICEF, Williams will use her international popularity to support the U.N. agency’s mission to provide a quality education for vulnerable children world-wide!

About UNICEF
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and govern education for vulnerable children.

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