David Beckham Supports Appeal by UNICEF for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 12, 2013

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UNICEF has launched an emergency appeal for funding to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and former Manchester United star David Beckham has made clear his support. 

The 38-year-old Englishman, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, made this statement, courtesy of LookToTheStars.org:

“My heart goes out to everyone affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. I was in Manila with UNICEF just two years ago and saw how vulnerable to natural disasters the country is. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, roads are impassable and children and their families need food, water, shelter and power right now. UNICEF estimates that 4 million children could be affected by the disaster and are stepping up their emergency response. Children need your help. Please support UNICEF’s work for children affected by this terrible disaster – visit unicef.org.uk”

According to the above report, the typhoon, which is the largest ever to hit land in the world, has affected 9.5 million people. The emergency appeal would provide funding to help deliver supplies, such as health items and important infrastructure to regain clean water. 

Beckham is no stranger in assisting after disasters. 

In 2005, he worked tirelessly in the efforts after the Indian Ocean tsunami, launching the UNICEF global TV campaign to call for help.

In 2011, he wrote to the Mirror asking for help with the famine in East Africa.

Beckham, a legendary figure at Manchester United who also played in Spain with Real Madrid and the United States with the Los Angeles Galaxy, is one of the most well-known, popular athletes on the planet. 

During catastrophic times such as these, it's always nice to see people such as Beckham using their popularity and wealth to help benefit those people who are in worse situations.

If more high-profile stars did as much humanitarian work as Beckham, the world would certainly be a better place.