The following information is from the UNICEF Website:
Clay Aiken was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in 2004 and traveled with UNICEF to Afghanistan, Indonesia, Uganda, Mexico, Kenya, and Somalia, a country where conflict and hunger have created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. As a dedicated UNICEF Ambassador, Clay continually encouraged friends, family, and fans to donate to the U.S. Fund and support UNICEF through speeches, social networks, and blogs…
A former teacher, Clay has participated in several initiatives surrounding UNICEF’s education programs, and in turn he has uniquely targeted children in the U.S. to educate them about UNICEF’s lifesaving work. In July 2010, Clay was theKey Note Speaker at the 67th annual Kiwanis Key Club International Convention, where he thanked students for supporting UNICEF throughout the years. Additionally, Clay was the 2005 National Spokesperson for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and, in the weeks following the campaign, he toured several U.S. schools to thank students for their fundraising initiatives
“Everyone deserves the best start in life, which is what UNICEF is working to provide the world’s most vulnerable children,” Clay said. “Education is essential to a child’s development. I hope that as an Ambassador I can encourage people to join UNICEF’s mission, to make education a reality for children throughout the world.”
…Celebrities have been a vital and unique part of UNICEF’s history since 1953, when celebrated actor Danny Kaye became UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador. Since then, celebrities including Audrey Hepburn, Téa Leoni, Sarah Jessica Parker, Laurence Fishburne, Alyssa Milano, and Selena Gomez have joined UNICEF to fight for the survival and development of children worldwide.
UNICEF Ambassadors are leaders in the entertainment industry, representing the fields of film, television, music, sports and beyond. They demonstrate leadership in their professions and serve as positive role models through their work. Over the years, UNICEF Ambassadors have played a critical role in raising awareness of the needs for children, and have continued to use their talent and fame to fundraise, advocate, and educate on behalf of UNICEF.
Together, UNICEF Ambassadors have proven that being a public figure can be a powerful tool in mobilizing the support necessary to improve the lives of children and ensure their basic human rights.
At the first of 2014, Clay’s name was removed from the list of active Ambassadors to Alumni. As you can see in the information above, Ambassadors are leaders on the entertainment industry. Since Clay is now pursuing a run for Congress, he no longer fits the criteria for Ambassador. I feel confident that Clay still will always support the ideals of UNICEF.
The following is a great video that highlights the many trips that Clay took for UNICEF.
The background music is Clay singing It’s In Every One of Us.
Which UNICEF Trip is the most memorable to you?