Audrey Hepburn was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1989, and soon after visited Ethiopia to draw attention to issues such as drought, famine, and civil unrest. Hepburn addressed the media in a number of different first world countries after her trip to help raise awareness and encourage change. At times, she was giving as many as 15 interviews per day about the work being done by UNICEF emergency crews in Ethiopia to help ease the effects of famine. Hepburn also visited Turkey to help with a polio vaccination clinic, Venezuela to see women’s training programs, Ecuador to help with projects aiding homeless children, and Central America to help with projects providing drinking water and literacy programs. In addition to her travels, Hepburn testified in the US Congress as a Goodwill Ambassador and launched UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children reports. Despite being ill with cancer, Hepburn continued to promote UNICEF’s programs and work throughout the world up until her death in 1993.
Just after filming the cameo appearance for Always (1989), Hepburn was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.
More can be found out, in my article that describes her various humanitarian trips and philanthropic endeavours she has led.
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