SOS Children’s Ambassadors are a vital part of our work internationally. Around the world significant figures, including the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, have shown their commitment to our work.
Vincent has family ties to the Democratic Republic of Congo and was involved in the opening of SOS Children's Villages Kinshasa. He has also visited our Village in Go Vap, Vietnam. “Wherever I am in the world, an SOS Village feels like being at home,” he says.
In April 2014, Vincent became an SOS International Ambassador. “If my support can help improve the opportunities for children... I pledge to do all I can every day,” he said.
Jackie Long is Channel 4 News’ Social Affairs Editor. She joined the programme in 2011, following more than two decades at the BBC. Most recently she was Correspondent at Newsnight, and she previously worked on The World at One, PM and Five Live.
Jackie says: "I support SOS Children because they have such a simple aim – a loving home for every child – but it's so utterly fundamental. SOS Children step in to make sure every child – whatever their circumstances – can know what it feels like to be part of a family, to have a mum who will support them whatever happens. Simple, but absolutely life-saving."
Property expert and TV presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Location, Location, Location’, Phil Spencer became an SOS Children Ambassador in 2007 following a trip to SOS projects in Ghana in 2006.
Since then, Phil has been involved in SOS Children’s World Orphan Week campaign to raise vital awareness of our work worldwide. Phil has shown tremendous energy and commitment in supporting SOS Children and is passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable children. In 2009, Phil visited SOS Children's Village Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
Phil says: “I experienced SOS Children’s work in Ghana and South Africa first hand and have been truly inspired by what I have seen. I am incredibly proud to be supporting SOS Children”.
Emma Crosby is a main presenter of Channel Five News and fronts the channel's news and current affairs programmes. Previously Emma co-anchored the popular breakfast news show GMTV.
Emma is an Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages and is involved in fundraising for orphans and disadvantaged children in South Africa.
Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer of novels, short stories and plays. She is also an actor and theatre director. She was born in the UK, grew up in New Zealand, and now lives in London.
Of SOS Children she says, “I’m delighted to support SOS and am particularly impressed with the family-centred ethos, the desire to help families and siblings stay together and, when that is not possible, to provide children with as close to a family life as can be achieved, within their own communities.”
Anyika Onuora is a successful athlete who has won silver medals in the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. In the London 2012 Olympics, Anyika ran the 100m and the 200m.
Anyika says about SOS Children: “I'm very happy to support SOS Children. They make a real difference by giving a family and a home to vulnerable children.”
Thank you to each and every person who makes our work possible. We are proud to have enjoyed the support of inspirational figures such as Nelson Mandela, who are sadly no longer with us. You can read their stories here, and remember those we all draw inspiration from.