You are invited to UNICEF’s Next Gen Launch Party at the LACMA on Thursday, May 9th at 7pm!
Guests are invited to enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and music in the modernist galleries of LACMA.
When: Thursday, May 9th at 7pm in Los Angeles
Tickets: On sale now! Visit here for tickets and further info: www.unicefusa.org/nextgenLACMA
This event supports our Colombia Project, which Next Gen has pledged to raise over $100k to ensure that UNICEF can help the indigenous children of Colombia have access to clean water, nutrition, and are protected from violence, exploitation, and abuse. www.unicefusa.org/nextgencolombiaproject
Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium, on May 4, 1929. As a young girl, she became involved in ballet and took part in several small film roles, which was only the beginning of her entertainment career. In the midst of World War II, young Hepburn was among many other starving children who received food and other aid from the United Nation’s relief efforts. This would be the inspiration for her later devotion to children’s aid with UNICEF. Despite Audrey Hepburn’s fame as a fashion and Hollywood icon, she was extremely committed to her global humanitarian efforts with UNICEF. Beginning in the late 1980s, Hepburn utilized her stardom to become the voice for UNICEF and for the children of the world.
Audrey Hepburn and UNICEF Join Forces:
In the fall of 1987, Audrey Hepburn became a Goodwill Ambassador forUNICEF, dedicating herself to several UNICEF project visits in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As Hepburn stated, “I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II…I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does.”
Not only did Hepburn travel internationally on behalf of UNICEF, but also spread the word about UNICEF and its work to the media, conducting up to 15 daily interviews and speeches, testifying before United States’ Congress, participating in the World Summit for Children, promoting UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children reports, hosting Danny Kaye International Children’s Award ceremonies, and taking part in benefit concert tours.
Audrey Hepburn as a Woman of History:
Audrey Hepburn signifies a woman of resilience, strength and hope, not only for the children of the world, but also for other women. Despite hardships in her life, Hepburn continued her mission of fighting for those in need. As Hepburn once stated, “I have learnt how to live…how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch.”
Her life now inspires others to take action for those in suffering and despair, including several celebrities. For women, Audrey Hepburn is a strong figure, and as a result of her experiences, she managed to shape her own future and fought for others to do the same.
It gives us great pleasure to name Audrey Hepburn our Hero for Zero this Women’s History Month, as she was an incredible role model for not only women, but others to stand up and advocate for the vulnerable children of the world.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Her tough spirit is an extraordinary example of an empowered woman that inspires others to seek excellence, beauty and compassion in their own lives.
Hepburn’s legacy still continues through UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn® Society, a donor recognition group inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s legacy of service. If you are between the ages of 21 -40 and would like to join the Audrey Hepburn® Society, you can join with a gift of $5,000 and follow in Audrey’s legacy of helping the world’s children. For more information please visit: www.unicefusa.org/AudreyHepburnSociety
To Join UNICEF’s Next Generation, visit: www.unicefusa.org/joinnextgeneration
For more on Audrey Hepburn, visit: http://www.unicef.org/people/people_audrey_hepburn.html
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Audrey Hepburn is accompanied by children on a walk in the hamlet of Phuc Ly, Phu Minh Commune, Tu Liem District near Hanoi.
The visit of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn to Vietnam in October/November of 1990 contributed to drawing world attention to the needs of children in this aid- starved country. UNICEF cooperation in Vietnam focuses on increasing primary health care outreach including immunization, growth monitoring and maternal care; the construction of handpumps and latrines to extend safe water and sanitation availability; and support for daycare centres and universal primary
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Audrey Hepburn distributes UNICEF-supplied exercise books to school children of the Dao Tay hilltribes in remote Hoang Lien Son Province in Northern Vietnam.
The visit of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn to Vietnam in October/November of 1990 contributed to drawing world attention to the needs of children in this aid- starved country. UNICEF cooperation in Vietnam focuses on increasing primary health care outreach including immunization, growth monitoring and maternal care; the construction of hand pumps and latrines to extend safe water and sanitation availability; and support for daycare centers and universal primary education including the training of teachers and supplies provision. UNICEF also directs special attention to the country’s isolated minorities.
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