You may or not be aware that David Beckham is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and has been for the last ten years. As part of his tole he made a trip to the Philippines last year after typhoon Haiyan killed 6,000 people in 2013. He told the story of this trip on Thursday during a speech at the United Nations in New York.
David chocked up during his speech whilst talking about a four-year old girl who died during the typhoon in 2013. He had to steady himself as he spoke of a litte girl, Viana who was swept from her father’s arms and drowned. He said: ‘On the night the typhoon hit the family were on their roof trying to protect themselves. The mother, tired, scared, exhausted, said to the father, can you please take Viana, so the father did. He has Venus and Viana in his arms. Unfortunately the father was knocked off the roof by one of the waves. He woke up six hours later holding one of the girls (Venus)’.
David’s voice the wavered and he composed himself and said: ‘This was the the night of the typhoon. ‘A day and a half later unfortunately Viana was found face down and unfortunately she had died. This was one of the most devastating stories I heard’. He then cleared his throat and said: ‘That story will never leave me’.
Beckham was speaking at the launch of Voices of Youth. It’s a global community of youth bloggers giving young people the opportunity to learn about development issues. He ended his speech saying ‘I want a world where children can grow up safe from war, violence, poverty and preventable disease – don’t you?’
It’s great that David is using his celebrity status to contribute to such a worthy cause and world issue.
Source: Daily Mail