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David Beckham has a new job...

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FORMER FOOTBALLER, GLOBAL icon and all round dreamboat David Beckham has launched a new Unicef initiative to protect children.

The former Manchester United midfielder today launched “7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund“, to protect millions of children around the world from danger.

Marking Beckham’s 10th year as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, 7 is Beckham’s personal commitment over the next decade to helping the world’s most vulnerable children.

Speaking at the launch today, Beckham said that he wanted to make use of his retirement.

“Since retiring I have more time and I want to do so much more.

“That’s why I am setting up this new fund with Unicef. 7 represents my ongoing commitment to helping children who need it most around the world.

This is me stepping up my support – because I can, because I want to, because the outcome will help change the lives of millions of children.Everything I have done, my football career, my family, has led to this point – this is the moment for me to do what I can to help children in every corner of the world. This is something I want my own children to be proud of.

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UKLA2015-00003 David Beckham survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2014. Source: © UNICEF/UKLA2015-00003/Petters

Unicef says that more than 15 million children were exposed to extreme violence in major conflicts in 2014, while millions more were hit by natural disasters and thousands were left orphaned and out of school as a result of the devastating Ebola epidemic.

Beyond emergencies, children were also at serious risk – with 168 million children across the globe engaged in child labour and many others victims of sexual violence, trafficking and female genital mutilation.

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