Monday, October 12, 2009

Orlando Bloom named UN ambassador

Actor Orlando Bloom has been named a UN ambassador for Unicef. Past ambassadors for the United Nation's children's organization have included David Beckham, Audrey Hepburn, Roger Moore, Vanessa Redgrave, and Shakira.

BBC reports:
British actor Orlando Bloom is to be a goodwill ambassador for the UN children's organisation Unicef. Unicef said the star of Lord Of The Rings and Pirates Of The Caribbean would work to help poor children and raise awareness of the organisation. The 32-year-old actor's first job will be to film an appeal about the importance of clean water supplies.

Bloom, who was born in Canterbury, Kent, has been involved with the organisation since 2007, when he visited schools and villages in a remote area of Nepal to support sanitation and education programmes. He said: "I look forward to working with Unicef as they continue to make the world a better place for children." He has also visited Moscow and Sarajevo on behalf of Unicef.

Unicef's executive director, Ann M. Veneman, said the work of high-profile goodwill ambassadors helped "to build momentum to improve the lives of children around the world". She added: "We are proud to have Orlando Bloom as one of the strong voices for vulnerable children." READ MORE