David and Victoria Beckham launch 7 Fund to help Ukraine

Soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria Beckham, are giving back to those who’ve lost their homes and loved ones during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

According to an article by Reuters on Wednesday 9 March, about 1,170 civilians have been killed in the city of Mariupol alone since the invasion started on 24 February.

 In light of these daily reports, the Beckhams have launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund Emergency Appeal on Tuesday 8 March to help those affected, donating £1 million (R20 million) to kick-start the fund.

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DAVID BECKHAM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE

The former Manchester United footballer launched the campaign in the form of a video. In it he expressed how helpless he felt when he watched

Like you, I have watched the situation in Ukraine unfold with horror and disbelief. “Mothers forced to flee with their children. Families torn apart. Children pulled from their beds to become refugees overnight. With my family safe around me, I felt the helplessness we all share when faced with scenes of such despair.

– David Beckham

Having worked with UNICEF since 2005, Beckham said he knows that this major organisation has a history of helping where help is needed.

“As a long time Global Goodwill Ambassador, I know how experienced UNICEF is at deploying aid in conflict situations. They have people on the frontlines as refugees pour over borders to be given shelter in neighbouring countries.”

That’s why this International Women’s Day I’m setting up an emergency appeal through my 7 Fund for UNICEF to help provide immediate aid. Victoria and I have made a donation on behalf of our foundation to kickstart the appeal.

– David Beckham continued

He also urged his fans to donate to the fund by giving what they can.

“We would be so grateful if you would join us to help UNICEF support these innocent children. Please give what you can today.”

THE BECKHAMS DONATE R20 MILLION

Although, in the video, he did not reveal how much they had donated, The Sun newspaper did make the revelation.

According to their source, “David and Victoria wanted to do everything they could to help UNICEF and their Emergency Appeal.” This is why they kick-started their fund with a donation of £1 million (R20 million).

“They personally donated £1million to the fund and hope they inspire others to help out in any way they can,” a source told the publication

The source also explained that David raises around £5million a year to support UNICEF.

“This is in addition to the women and children’s projects he funds under the umbrella of his 7 Fund. Over the years he has probably raised over £50m for UNICEF and other charities and also quietly gives about a million a year from his own pocket.”

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