Actor Orlando Bloom was named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations children’s organization UNICEF on Monday.
The 32-year-old British actor has supported UNICEF since 2007, visiting projects in Russia, Sarajevo and Nepal to help give clean water, shelters and education to children. During his visits to Nepal, Bloom also participated in a local school radio production by local children.
In a statement after being named Goodwill Ambassador, Orlando Bloom said, “I look forward to working with UNICEF as they continue to make the world a better place for children.”
UNICEF executive director Ann M. Veneman said that the work of goodwill ambassadors “helps build momentum to improve the lives of children around the world.” Veneman added, “We are proud to have Orlando Bloom as one of the strong voices for vulnerable children.”
As the newly-named ambassador, Bloom’s first job is to film a public service announcement for UNICEF discussing the importance of access to clean drinking water.
Bloom follows the footsteps of former Goodwill Ambassadors Audrey Hepburn, David Beckham, Shakira and Mia Farrow. He will be seen in the romantic flick “New York, I Love You,” which is set to be released in theaters Friday.
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