RELEASE >> Hayley Westenra becomes National
Ambassador for UNICEF NZ 7/7/2003 5:12:09 PM
New Zealand's brightest young star Hayley Westenra
has become a National Ambassador for UNICEF New
Hayley's 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 in need.
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
Speaking 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 2003.