RANGERS striker Kenny Miller today announced that the Rangers Charity Foundation and the Club have reached their ambitious target to fund one million vaccines for Unicef to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable children from a variety of deadly yet preventable diseases.
Thanks to the support of fans, the Foundation has donated £300,000 over the last three years towards Unicef’s vaccination programme, which is protecting children in developing communities against the spread of diseases such as measles, polio and typhoid.
The donation is enough to fund one million vaccines and the impact of this significant contribution cannot be underestimated in terms of its effect on children’s health, as explained by Unicef UK Executive Director David Bull, who commented: “As a result of poverty, conflict and poor health services, too many children across the world are missing out on the basic but life-saving vaccines they need to keep themselves safe from preventable diseases. The support and generosity shown from Rangers fans however, has enabled us to reach many children in danger and for that I want to say a big thank you.”
Kenny Miller added: “This is a fantastic achievement and I’m delighted to announce this milestone on behalf of the fans, the Club and Foundation. It speaks volumes about the generosity of the Rangers fans that they have raised this money through the Foundation for such an amazing cause.”
This latest donation builds upon the Foundation’s eight-year partnership with the world’s leading children’s organisation which has already funded education projects in India and the successful refurbishment of seven health care centres in north-eastern Togo. The centres currently provide clean water and basic medical care to 125,000 children and their families in Togo’s Kara region.
Rangers Charity Foundation Director Connal Cochrane commented: “Our long-standing partnership with Unicef UK has resulted in so many achievements we can be extremely proud of.
“Today’s announcement marks the significant impact the Rangers Charity Foundation can have on the health of children around the world, particularly those living in extreme poverty and areas marred by conflict.
“We are delighted to have reached this milestone thanks to the generosity and commitment of our supporters and look forward to developing a new project with Unicef to continue to create a brighter future for the world’s children.”
The Rangers Charity Foundation also works to improve the lives of children and adults closer to home via projects with charity partners in Scotland and work in the wider community.
The Foundation recently donated £70,000 to Glasgow City Mission’s Winter Night Shelter, £25,000 to four armed services-related charities and £10,000 to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. A further donation of £25,000 is planned to Alzheimer Scotland.