Pay it Forward: David BeckhamLast Updated: August 1, 2020
He’s acclaimed in soccer stadia across the world, and has become a fashion icon in latter years, but there are numerous examples of David Beckham’s altruism as force for positive change in the world. Here are just some instances of his charitable efforts away from the spotlight.
DAVID Beckham’s soccer skills require no introduction thanks to his feats at Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and LA Galaxy, and since his marriage to Victoria Beckham (nee Adams, former Spice Girl) he has become a bona fide style icon. Of of that is abundantly clear from the David Beckham news headlines. But away from the spotlight, however, there are numerous examples of David Beckham’s altruism as force for positive change, as he uses his star power to help make the world a better place, through his own organisation, and in support of charities such as UNICEF, to name but one.
Beckham was born in London to a hairdresser (mother) and a kitchen fitter (father), on May 2nd, 1975. Singing for Manchester United’s academy in 1991, he was part of the famed ‘Class of 92’ that also included Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers Gary and Phil.
Amassing more than 700 competitive club appearances, Beckham has helped his clubs attain such accolades as a UEFA Champions League, six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one La Liga, two MLS Cups, and one Ligue 1, to name just some. A walking brand ambassador, Beckham has been endorsed and sponsored by Adidas, Coca-Cola, Armani, H&M, Burger King, and Samsung, and appeared in movies such as Goal!: The Dream Begins, Goal! 2: Living the Dream, Goal! 3: Taking on the World, and Guy Ritchie‘s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Here are just some instances of the more substantial David Beckham news, how he acts as a catalyst for positive change in the world.
7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund
BECKHAM has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005. On his 10th year, he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund which is devoted to fighting for the rights of children, and protecting them from dangers such as Ebola, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.
Beckham has travelled worldwide with UNICEF to meet and work with kids in deprived countries like Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the Philippines, where he helped raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Beckham is also an avid supporter of UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign.
Combatting Disease & Illness
BECKHAM also goes the extra mile to reach out to children suffering from diseases, at an individual level as well as in the realm of political and social campaigning. Canadian girl Rebecca Johnstone, passed away from cancer on January 29th, 2007, aged just 19 years. Twelve days prior to her untimely death, she received a surprise telephone call from Beckham, who also followed up on the call by sending her a signed Real Madrid jersey.
Beckham met with former UK Prime Minister, David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, in a bid to raise awareness and push for more action to be taken to help children affected by malnutrition.
He also was a founding member of Malaria No More UK in 2009, formally unveiling the organisation with tennis superstar Andy Murray at Wembley Stadium. Earlier, Beckham had appeared in a 2007 advertisement for Malaria No More US, highlighting the importance of bed nets in combatting malaria.
Sport and Education
SINCE Beckham signed for Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, he has been a prominent supporter of US charities such as MLS WORKS. In August 2007, Beckham joined other MLS players to host a youth clinic in Harlem, New York, teaching the disadvantaged kids soccer skills in a bid to foster a sporting and wellness culture in the neighbourhood.
Beckham remains a huge supporter of the UK Sport Relief charity. In March 2014, he appeared in a sketch for BBC Sport Relief special of Only Fools and Horses, appearing alongside the sitcom’s lead characters Del Boy and Rodney. Sport Relief raised over £50m for charity that year.