Actress Anne Curtis plays new role as UNICEF celebrity advocate

Actress and TV host Anne Curtis proves her worth not only as a celebrity but an ‘artist for a cause’ after being appointed as UNICEF’s new advocate for children.

For her earlier tasks, Curtis spent two days visiting parts of Leyte, where she saw the recovery operations in areas heavily devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Likewise, she spent time interacting with children and their families.

Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin
Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin

Expressing fulfillment in her new line of responsibility, Curtis said in an interview that she is honored to join UNICEF which gives her the opportunity to reach out to the less privileged members of the society specifically those affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

“I am deeply touched by how children and families have coped and are building back their lives. Clearly, significant progress have been achieved. Talking to children and their families, and being able to bring smiles to their faces is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” she disclosed.

As a donor and supporter of UNICEF, Curtis said she is extremely happy to see that the funds have reached and served the children who are in need.

In her brief stint in Leyte, Curtis was able to do other duties to include her support to emergency response and series of site visits to maternal health care ward in the regional hospital, an immunization area, a child-friendly space at a temporary housing, and educational facilities such as day care centers and elementary schools.

During her visits, Curtis allotted time to talk with children and families.

The newly installed UNICEF advocate also played with and led some fun-filled kids’ activities like drawing, story telling, and crafts session.

She excitingly giggled when she shared that she even participated in hand washing as well as song and dance number with the kids.

Furthermore, the famous “It’s Showtime” host noted how heartwarming it is to just ‘listen to mothers, children, and young people.’

“It is important that people know these stories, understand how communities are recovering and what we can do to help,” she quipped.

UNICEF Philippines representative Lotta Sylwander, said Curtis’ popularity and large following will certainly draw attention that will help address issues affecting the most vulnerable, marginalized and underserved children.

Curtis will focus in the promotion of Early Childhood Care & Development. She will also help in mobilizing support and resources for the most vulnerable children and families, those living in abject poverty, are affected by violence, abuse, exploitation, and particularly in emergency and conflict situations.

In the Philippines, Curtis, who has openly supported UNICEF since 2009, joins national ambassador Gary Valenciano and UNICEF special advocate for children Daphne Paez in upholding its mandate to protect and promote the rights of children worldwide.