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Super Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Cambodia to Promote Soccer Aid

This Year’s Soccer Aid gets extra support from one of the world’s top models.

Super Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Cambodia to Promote Soccer Aid

Many a celebrity has adopted a charitable cause. Angelina Jolie, Selma Hayek and others have made notable trips to help the poor and starving children in Africa. Super models are also known to publicly support one cause or another. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is no exception.

Whiteley, a supporter of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has travelled to Cambodia in order to make a promotional film for UNICEF’s Soccer Aid program, which will air on the British ITV on Sunday June 8th. The model has also written an exclusive story about her trip for Vogue Magazine.

In her story, Whiteley wrote that, “The slums around Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, are crammed with children running around without shoes. They live in the most basic conditions, surrounded by dirt, rubbish and sewage in searing 37 degree [Celsius (98 Fahrenheit)] heat. There’s limited access to clean water, medicine and food. Every day is about survival for these children. It was shocking and sad to see.”

Super Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Cambodia to Promote Soccer Aid

She also talked of one mother named Sareth, whom she met there. Age 42, Sareth said that during last year’s rainy season the local river flooded into her home with contaminated water and sewage. This led to the death of her six month old daughter.

The 27 year old model and actress made the point of how a mother’s pain at losing her baby is no different whether it happens in the slums of Asia or in a major Western city like London. Every day 50 children under the age of five die in Cambodia, due to diarrhea or pneumonia, she charged.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is adamant that the world do something to stop this from continuing.

Now Sareth earns less than £1 a day to pay for food, rent and healthcare for her family, by cleaning garbage from the local streets. Her six year old son must also work to support the family and so he does not go to school or get an education.

Whiteley concluded, “Their story will be featured in the appeal film I’ve made for Soccer Aid which will be broadcast on ITV on Sunday June 8. Please watch it and support UNICEF, so more vulnerable children like those in Cambodia’s slums get clean water and life-saving medicine.”

Super Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Cambodia to Promote Soccer Aid

Soccer Aid is a biennial British charity event that has raised £12 million in aid for UNICEF UK through ticket sales and donations. It is a football match between two teams of celebrities and former professional players, one represents England and the other the rest of the world. It was started by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and its first match was held in 2006. The money that it raises is donated to children’s education throughout the world.

This year English entertainers like Robbie Williams (captain), Stephen Moyer, Jonathan Wilkes, Matt Smith and Marvin Humes will compete against an international celebrity team which will include the Welsh Michael Sheen (captain), Scotland’s James McAvoy and Gordon Ramsay, America’s Jeremy Renner and Australia’s Sam Worthington.

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley, 27, is an English model turned actress. She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret and Burberry. Working as a model since she was 15, at age 19 she was called the next Kate Moss.

She made her film debut in 2011 as the heroine in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Her second movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, is due out in 2015.

Super Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Cambodia to Promote Soccer Aid

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