Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom has been appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, following in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn, Shakira, David Beckham and Jackie Chan. Bloom has supported UNICEF since 2007, when he visited schools in the remote, poverty-stricken western districts of Kaski and Chitwan. “I look forward to learning more,” he says, “and to supporting UNICEF any way I can.”
Bloom says he wants to be an active Ambassador for the children’s organisation by devoting his time to raising awareness of UNICEF, and influencing global policy on behalf of children around the world.
“Advocacy from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors helps build momentum to improve the lives of children around the world,” says Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director.
“We are proud to have Orlando Bloom as one of the strong voices for vulnerable children.”
Bloom, who is dating Australian supermodel and Victoria’s Secret angel, Miranda Kerr, has personally seen the work UNICEF is doing in Nepal, Russia, and Sarajevo.
“I look forward to working with UNICEF as they continue to make the world a better place for children,” he says.
“UNICEF doesn’t just deliver humanitarian aid, which is what they are known for all over the world. They also educate and provide tools which help women and children face challenges specific to their own lives.
“I responded to how UNICEF works as much as I did to the work itself. I look forward to learning more and to supporting UNICEF any way I can.”