Guests at the event were able to support UNICEF by bidding on money-can’t-buy prizes in the auction and by purchasing inspired gifts that represent the provision of care for children in Vietnam.
Enjoying his first Gala Dinner as United manager, David Moyes commented, “The crisis in the Philippines this month puts into perspective UNICEF’s vital work with children throughout the world. It’s been a tremendous evening for myself, the players and the many guests who have come to Old Trafford tonight and it makes it all the more special knowing that the money raised will go towards our target of £1million for United for UNICEF.”
Patrice Evra, who holds UNICEF close to his heart due to their work in his native Senegal, said, “I always look forward to the UNICEF dinner and I appreciate that we keep doing this event every year. It’s important to understand this is not just a normal dinner; it is for the children and the many people that UNICEF helps around the world.
“For me, as a father, I know how important it is to see my children eating food and having a bed to sleep in; when I think of other children who don’t have these things I feel really sad and that’s why, when I get the chance to help other people, I will do it straight away.”
UNICEF UK executive director David Bull concluded, “UNICEF is extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with Manchester United and the continued support we receive from the Club and its fans. We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended this evening or bid on the charity auction.