On November 15, 2004, Clay Aiken appeared on Larry King Live for an exclusive interview. This was the night that Clay announced he had been asked by UNICEF to be one of their goodwill ambassadors. His said his focus would be on educational issues, a great fit for Clay who had attended college to become a Special education teacher.
Since this time, Clay has been an active part of UNICEF, visiting many countries, including Indonesia, Somalia, Afghanistan and Mexico. He also was the National Spokesperson for the 2005 Trick or Treat For UNICEF program, bringing in over $18.25 million. In 2006, Clay helped light the UNICEF snowflake in New York City.
On March 17th, UNICEF announced that the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is raising funds to help children in Japan impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Because of the unprecedented nature of the epic disaster and its impact on children, resources are going to be critical in helping provide for the very unique needs of children that include education, health, development, protection and other needs that have been compromised or disrupted in the wake of this catastrophe.
The following was posted on the UNICEF website:
UNICEF, together with other UN agencies, will be providing essential services in the days ahead to those affected by the catastrophe in Japan. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is raising funds to provide targeted assistance on the fround, where it is needed most. This assistance will include essential items such as diapers and hygiene kits. Other supplies will likely include recreational materials and educational items like “school-in-a-box” in preparation for the new school year beginning in early April.
Clay Aiken has many fans in Japan and many other fans that have relatives in Japan. Those of us who can, need to step up and do whatever we can to help the children of Japan. Please visit UNICEF and find out how you can help.
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