GRETA THUNBERG has lent her support to children affected by COVID-19 with a charity donation of nearly €100,000 to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The TIME Magazine person of the year has pledged just over €92,000 ($100,000) to the United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.
UNICEF will use the money to provide essential support to children absent from school, trapped in violent situations, lacking food or in need of urgent medical care during the outbreak.
Greta said:"I’m asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives, to protect health and continue education.
“Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child-rights crisis. It will affect all children, now and in the long-term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most.”
In an incredible show of support, NGO Human Act is matching Greta’s donation, with the funds going toward UNICEF’s child rights driven campaign.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said: “The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest struggle the world has seen in generations.
“Children and young people are among the most severely impacted by the knock-on effects of COVID-19, so it is only natural that they would want to do something about it.
“Through her activism, Greta Thunberg has proven that young people are ready to take a stand and lead change in the world.
“UNICEF is very pleased that Greta and her supporters have not only chosen to take a stand against this pandemic, but to do so in partnership with UNICEF.”