Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony raises an amazing £3.7 million for children

Nicole meets RonaldoNicole Scherzinger recorded a film with Unicef for last night’s opening ceremony. She’s here with Ronaldo, who goes to a UNICEF-supported play-park for children with physical disabilities.

30 July update: Our current total for the Glasgow 2014 Unicef appeal is an amazing £4.9 million! More updates to come…

Unicef supporters raised an amazing £3.7 million for children at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony - with more donations to come as the Games continue!

This impressive figure was raised by the UK public and supporters worldwide, who made their donations after a heartfelt appeal from James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy at the close of the ceremony.

More than 700,000 people in the UK donated by text at the ceremony - and you can still make a donation online, or by texting FIRST to 70333 to give £5.

Actor and Unicef supporter James McAvoy said: “As a son of Scotland I couldn’t have been prouder to have been part of last night’s Opening Ceremony and support the incredible partnership with Unicef.  £3.7m raised so far and rising – wow, what a historic moment! Thank you to everyone who donated – I know your money will be making a huge difference to children all over the commonwealth.”

Unicef UK Executive Director David Bull said many millions of children’s lives would be helped: “With this money we will be able to achieve our joint ambition with Glasgow 2014 to reach every child in Scotland and children in every single Commonwealth country to give them a brighter future.”

Unicef  helps children in a whole range of ways. We ensure children have the best start in life and grow up in an environment where their rights are respected; protect them from disease and exploitation; provide life-saving food and vaccines to help children grow up healthy and safe; and give them the chance to take part in sport – many for the first time.

You can still donate online to our Put Children First appeal, or text FIRST to 70333 to give £5.

For UK media enquiries email Sarah Vincent and Jess Ord.  International media can contact Kirsten Ferguson. Photo: © Unicef/2014/Lianne Milton.

Comments

  • Dominic

    Does anyone know if the text pledge last night was automatically gift aided?

  • Kym Hannah

    I got a text a little later asking if I wanted to add gift aid. I replied with “more” :)

  • Philip

    This has not received enough publicity after the Opening Ceremony, nor has the total raised so far been made known widely enough. I am a Unicef supporter.