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Putting children first one year on from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Zoe Hill, Unicef UK

Unicef UK's Zoe Hill explains how the Games' Put Children First appeal is making a difference

Today marks exactly one year on from the amazing moment that Unicef supporters and a global TV audience came together to Put Children First during the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

With your help, we raised an incredible £3.7m on the night - thank you. To date, in partnership with Glasgow 2014 organisers and the Commonwealth Games Federation, we have raised a massive £5.3m through not only the opening ceremony but also sponsored abseils, co-branded merchandise and other fundraising activity.

With this money, we are working to keep children safe across the Commonwealth. We have already reached more than 80,000 children and we are well on track to meet our pledged target of reaching children in all 53 countries of the Commonwealth by the 2018 Games. We’re delighted that our partnership with the Commonwealth Games Federation is set to continue; through this partnership Unicef will continue its aim to reach children in Scotland and all Commonwealth countries.

Here are some examples of how your support has helped children across the Commonwealth:

Just Play, Oceania

In partnership with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), UNICEF is using sports festivals to address social issues affecting young people.




Children in Oceania are benefitting from the Unicef and Commonwealth Games supported Just Play initiative. Photo: OFO Just Play /2014


Bangwe Youth Centre, Malawi

Bangwe Youth Centre provides a safe environment for young people, using sport and recreation to help to address issues including education, vocational training and skills building, child protection, HIV and AIDS and child labour as well as tackling drug and substance abuse.



Monica Dzonzi who is a youth worker at Bangwe says sport changed her own life. Photo: Unicef/2014/Liz Twyford


Baby I Love You, Scotland

Baby I Love You is a special baby book for new mums, dads and babies in Scotland. The book, illustrated by Helen Stephens, helps to build nurturing, loving relationships between parents and their babies and there is even an accompanying video featuring a voiceover from Unicef UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor.





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This article also appears on the Unicef UK blog site