Before Angelina There Was Audrey

I grew up watching reruns of old movies on Television,. that is where I first saw actor Audrey Hepburn. What’s important for me to remember is that, while many find Angelina Jolie’s accomplishments worthy of recognition, others have also responded to help nations that are economically and politically disenfranchised. One such individual was Audrey Hepburn.

Soon after becoming a UNICEF ambassador, Hepburn went on a mission to Ethiopia, where years of drought and civil strife had caused terrible famine. After visiting...

UNICEF emergency operations, she talked about the projects to the media in the United States, Canada and Europe over several weeks, giving as many as 15 interviews a day. It set a precedent for her commitment to the organization.
In the years that followed, Hepburn made a series of UNICEF field trips, visiting a polio vaccine project in Turkey, training programmes for women in Venezuela, projects for children living and working on the street in Ecuador, projects to provide drinking water in Guatemala and Honduras and radio literacy projects in El Salvador. She saw schools in Bangladesh, projects for impoverished children in Thailand, nutrition projects in Viet Nam and camps for displaced children in Sudan.

NEW YORK, 1 May 2002 - Audrey Hepburn, the beloved actress whose second career as a Audrey Hepburnglobal ambassador for UNICEF  brought joy to hundreds of thousands of children, will be celebrated with the unveiling of a major new sculpture in the public plaza adjacent to UNICEF headquarters in midtown Manhattan.
The seven-foot tall bronze sculpture honouring Ms. Hepburn, entitled The Spirit of Audrey, seeks to convey the unique bond between an adult and a child.
You just KNOW that Angelina wants to receive an honorary statue as well. >>>>>

In September 1992 in Somalia, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn sits amidst some of the 300 children being cared for by Help the Orphans and Blind, a UNICEF-assisted local NGO.

Copyright: UNICEF/HQ92-1185/Betty PressStatue Honoring Audrey Hepburn:
Several UNICEF celebrities will actively participate in the May 8-10 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. A follow-up to the 1990 World Summit for Children, the meeting will review progress made for young people in the last decade and recommit countries to concrete action for improving the lives of children. The conference embodies UNICEF's position that investing in children is essential to overcoming poverty - an ideal Ms. Hepburn was deeply committed to.

 I was so impressed by Audrey Hepburn, maybe because she always carried herself with an aura of dignity, it was as if I were watching royalty personified as philanthropy [Later to be memorialized by Princess Diana].


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