Carrie Bickmore has been announced as a UNICEF Ambassador, adding to her roles as television presenter of Channel 10’s The Project and mother to son Oliver.
Carrie Bickmore will become the UNICEF Ambassador for the Eliminate Project, a partnership between UNICEF and Kiwanis International to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the earth.
|TV presenter Carrie Bickmore has been announced as UNICEF Ambassador for The Eliminate Project.
This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. It’s a tragic reality but it can be prevented. Just three doses of a 60-cent immunisation protects mothers from tetanus, who then pass on the immunity to their future babies.
Although little known in Australia, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes. Its effects are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. There is little hope of survival. And tetanus kills mothers too.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunised. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
Together, Kiwanis and UNICEF can stop this disease.
Carrie was approached by UNICEF earlier this year and takes on this role in addition to her work as a respected TV Presenter, a dedicated mother and a compassionate Australian.
Tea Leoni is an ambassador for this important campaign in the USA, launching the initiative in 2010 and speaking out to help eliminate the disease since then.
Audrey Hepburn was one of the first UNICEF ambassadors and her illustrious footsteps have been followed by such icons as Geoffrey Rush and Ewan McGregor, Sarah-Jessica Parker and Mia Farrow.
This appointment will involve helping UNICEF raise awareness of neonatal and maternal tetanus, promoting the Eliminate Project between Kiwanis and UNICEF, and supporting UNICEF and its work around the world.
“Most importantly, we hope Carrie will help UNICEF build more empathy and understanding in the community for the world beyond our shores,” said UNICEF Australia Spokesperson Tim O’Connor.
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