Saturday, April 21, 2007

Clay Aiken Thanks UNICEF Supporters for Afghanistan Donations, Fundraiser Ends Sunday

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken thanked donors for their "overwhelming support for UNICEF's work in Afghanistan" in a video posted on UNICEF Fieldnotes blog.

Watch his message below:

Clay Aiken's $100,000 in 10 Days for Afghanistan Appeal has now far exceeded that goal, raising $161,798.82 as of 9:00 AM EDT Friday, April 20, according to the UNICEF Fieldnotes blog.

Clay also appeared on Entertainment Tonight on Friday to discuss his recent field mission to Afghanistan. In an interview with Jann Carl, Clay said that the children of Afghanistan are "hungry for education."

The fund-raising appeal, which ends Sunday, April 22, will raise funds to support health and education programs for children and women, including vaccination programs, supplying hand water pumps to increase clean water availability to families and providing tents to use for temporary classrooms and community programs.

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken and Afghan interpreter listen as school children perform a song of welcome. Clay's five day visit to Afghanistan included visits to Kabul, the capitol city, and Bamyan, a remote mountain province.

Donations for Clay Aiken's emergency appeal to support UNICEF's programs in Afghanistan are being accepted through Sunday, April 22. Please go HERE and donate today to support these important programs assisting the health and education of Afghanistan's children.

Clay cradles a newborn after administering an oral polio vaccine. Medical aid had been blocked under the Taliban. Afghanistan’s infant mortality rate is over 25 percent. To reduce infant and maternal deaths, UNICEF is immunizing more than 4 million children under five and an estimated 4.2 million women of child bearing age.

Photos and Video: UNICEF and Entertainment Tonight

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