Ebola: “We’re in a race against time” – David Beckham
David Beckham, 39, has joined the Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the worst hit of all the Ebola hit countries in West Africa.
In a video to be broadcast across national TV, in town halls and community centres across Sierra Leone, the Unicef Goodwill Ambassador highlights the many ways to prevent the spread of the virus. (Scroll down for Video.)
In the video that will also be shown around the world, David Beckham says: “Six years ago, I travelled to Sierra Leone with Unicef. I was inspired and honoured to have met so many amazing people and to see the beautiful country.
“While there I was lucky enough to get a glimpse into the lives of children in remote villages and the challenges they faced in a country then devastated by civil war.
“Today, the courageous people of Sierra Leone are facing an invisible enemy – a ferocious Ebola disease that’s spreading fast across West Africa.”
Beckham adds: “The images are heart-wrenching. As a father, I can’t imagine what it must feel like, seeing your child suffer and feeling so helpless.
“But there is something you can do. Unicef is on the ground, working around the clock to protect children and families from this deadly virus. Please give Unicef the help it needs to tackle this crisis. We’re in a race against time.”
Meanwhile, William Pooley, the British volunteer nurse who survived Ebola, said he would be returning to Sierra Leone “because there is still a lot of work to do out there.”
“I know my mum and dad are worried but they know it’s something I have to do,” he said.
VIDEO – Beckham’s video message on Ebola