In 2010, Forbes listed Elena Paparizou as the 21st most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and now it seems she is putting her influence to a good cause following yesterday’s announcement that she has been appointed the first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Greece.
“The Greek and internationally recognized singer, Helena Paparizou, has been announced today as the first Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Greece.” said UNICEF in its announcement.
The announcement was made a few days ahead of World Children’s Day, celebrated every year on November 20, at a special media event held at Dionysos Zonars, Athens, in the presence of journalists and representatives of UNICEF Greece Country Office.
As UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador, Helena Paparizou will contribute to raising awareness and informing the public about the protection of children’s rights in Greece, and will support the Organization’s work to ensure a better future for every child, young and old in the country through the implementation of targeted national programmes and actions.
“I’m very excited today. It is a great honour for me and I feel the enormous responsibility of becoming the first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Greece.
“We must put our children and youth first. Where they deserve to be.
“”I always said that the future is our children. But children are children TODAY, and TODAY we have a responsibility to give them a happy childhood, without violence and exclusions but with dignity and care.
“Through UNICEF I am sure we will all become better people…” wrote Paparizou on her social media.