Zealand's brightest young star Hayley Westenra has become
a National Ambassador for UNICEF New Zealand.
appointment to this prestigious role was announced at
the launch of her debut international album 'Pure'.
a National Ambassador for UNICEF, Hayley will help to
raise awareness of child rights and the desperate situation
facing many children and families around the world.
Through lending her support to UNICEF's fundraising
campaigns in New Zealand, it is hoped that more children
and communities will benefit from long-term and emergency
help in healthcare, education and protection for children
McKinlay, Executive Director for UNICEF said of the
announcement "Hayley is a wonderful role model for youth
in New Zealand and through her oustanding musical ability
she reaches audiences of all ages and nationalities.
We are delighted to welcome Hayley into the UNICEF family,
and hope that with Hayley's help we can generate increasing
support for our work, and help more children have a
better start in life."
about her new position Hayley said "I feel really honoured
to be asked to be an ambassador for UNICEF and I'm very
excited about the challenges and experiences that will
come with this new role."
year old Hayley joins an elite collection of Ambassadors
and Special Representatives for UNICEF worldwide, including
such famous figures as Sir Edmund Hilary, Robbie Williams,
Susan Sarandon, Sir Richard Attenborough, Nicole Kidman
and Manchester United.
Westenra shot to fame when her debut self-titled album
went straight in at number one, turned triple platinum
and went on to make Hayley the fastest-selling local
artist in New Zealand History. Hayley is now signed
with Decca Records International in London, who plan
to introduce Hayley to the rest of the world during
thanks to Gareth K.
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