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Soccer Aid for Unicef 2024 - FAQs

FAQsITV are keen to ensure our viewers understand our appeals and why we work in partnership with charities. Please find below some frequently asked questions regarding Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

What is Soccer Aid for UNICEF?Soccer Aid for UNICEF is an entertainment-led fundraising campaign. It culminates in the biggest celebrity football match in the world, featuring two teams of professional and celebrity players, broadcast live on ITV1, STV and ITVX on Sunday 9 June 2024 from Stamford Bridge stadium. Soccer Aid for UNICEF aims to raise millions of pounds to support UNICEF’s vital work around the world saving lives and helping children get the best start in life. Since the first match in 2006, more than £90 million has been raised by Soccer Aid to support UNICEF in its ambition to reach more children than any other humanitarian organisation. In 190 countries and territories around the world, UNICEF works to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

When is Soccer Aid for UNICEF?This year, the match will be back in London at Stamford Bridge stadium on Sunday 9 June. The game will be broadcast live on ITV1, STV and ITVX. Timings will be announced closer to the date of transmission.

Who is UNICEF?UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children. They work with families, local communities, organisations and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child realise their full potential.UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, reaching the furthest from help, the most disadvantaged and the most at risk. They provide more children with clean water, life-saving food and vaccines, education and protection from violence than any other humanitarian organisation.

How does Soccer Aid raise funds for UNICEF?100% of Soccer Aid for UNICEF donations will go to support the vital work of UNICEF. Soccer Aid for UNICEF is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine Group and will be broadcast on ITV. There will be an opportunity to donate via text, online and phone during the transmission of the live event on ITV1, STV and ITVX on Sunday 9 June 2024. All profits from donations and commercial activity (sponsorship) will be donated to UNICEF UK (Registered Charity Number 1072612 (England and Wales) SC043677 (Scotland).

Where does the money go?All money raised by Soccer Aid for UNICEF will go into an unrestricted fundraising pot which is distributed to those countries around the world where the need for vulnerable children and those in danger is the greatest. Right now, there’s never been a more challenging time for children. They’re facing war, disasters, and other crises in countries around the world. When children lose their homes, their families, and their schools, they lose out on happy, healthy, play-filed childhoods.

For example:

  • £10 could help vaccinate over 50 children against the deadly and devastating diseases, with life-long protection

  • £20 could buy exercise books for 260 children to help them learn and enjoy school

  • £30 could buy a fleecy, thermal blanket to help keep 6 babies snug and warm in a hospital, day-care centre or during an emergency.

  • £40 could provide enough life-saving therapeutic food for 3 children for one week.

Together, we can help to protect play for every child so they can grow up happy, healthy, and ready to take on the world.

Why does ITV support Soccer Aid for UNICEF?ITV entertains and connects with millions of people in the UK and globally, reflecting and shaping culture and building brands with brilliant content and creativity.

Reflecting and shaping the world we live in gives us a great opportunity: to change ITV for the better, and to use our content and reach to inspire positive change in the wider world.

We have four focus areas: Mental Wellbeing, Climate Action, Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Better Futures. By supporting children internationally through Soccer Aid for UNICEF, this is our main fundraising appeal within Better Futures.In 2022, ITV contributed £46 million of value to charitable causes through employee donations, cash and in-kind donations through marketing and editorial airtime, and helped to raise over £14 million through public donations to ITV campaigns or appeals.

How does ITV make sure that donations are used appropriately?Transparency in how your donations will be used by charities is of paramount importance. ITV is committed to ensuring that the money that has been generously donated by our viewers goes directly towards projects that have a real and tangible impact on people’s lives both in the UK and overseas. 100% of the donations made by viewers during our on-air campaigns and appeals like Soccer Aid for UNICEF goes directly to beneficiary charities.

All donations to Soccer Aid will go to UNICEF to help fund their work for children around the world. To find out further details about how UNICEF use your donations on their vital projects please visit www.socceraid.org.uk

Can I buy tickets for Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024?Yes please visit www.socceraid.org.uk where you can buy tickets.

Will Soccer Aid for UNICEF be shown on TV?Yes, you can watch Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024 on ITV1, STV and ITVX.

Are viewers able to text FIVE to donate five pounds?We are not accepting £5 donations by text. If you want to donate by text, you can donate £40, £30, £20 or £10 by texting FORTY, THIRTY, TWENTY or TEN to 70818.

Texts cost £40, £30, £20 or £10 (depending on the chosen donation amount), plus one standard rate message. If you wish to donate £5, please donate online or phone 0330 123 4442. Standard geographical charges apply from landlines and mobiles. Connection charges may also apply. You must be 16 or over to donate.

When can I donate money to Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024?Donations open on Tuesday 14 May 2024 at midday. All donation routes close on Thursday 11 July 2024 at midday. For more information, please click here to see the full terms and conditions.

Who can I contact if my question isn’t answered here?ITV viewer services can be contacted by filling out this form

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