GLASGOW, United Kingdom, 3 August 2014 – More than £5 million (8.4 million US dollars) was raised for children of the Commonwealth by the ground breaking partnership between UNICEF, Glasgow 2014 and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), it was revealed today.

Speaking at the Closing Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow tonight, CGF President HRH Prince Imran said: “The generous support of our partnership with UNICEF and Glasgow 2014 has raised a magnificent £5 million, which is already transforming lives. Thank you!”

The £5m already raised will allow UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, to achieve the joint partnership ambition of reaching every child in Scotland, and children in every Commonwealth country.

This will be done in a whole range of ways. For example, in Bangladesh UNICEF is tackling child labour and child marriage, by helping to keep the most at risk children at school; in Malawi we are using sport and education to engage with young people and help reduce HIV infection; in Scotland we are helping ensure all new born babies get off to the best start in life, supporting a strong nurturing bond between parents and their babies.

The £5m comprises £3.7million raised following the “Big Ask” by James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy during the Opening Ceremony, plus more than £1.2m raised through the partnership before the Opening Ceremony, and the remainder from continued fundraising throughout the Games.

UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull added:

“From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Put Children First campaign – we could not have done this without you. Both through raising such an impressive sum, and also through placing children and young people firmly at the heart of these Games, we have achieved something never done before.

“We will now set to work to ensure this money really does save and change millions of children’s lives across the Commonwealth, whether that is in Paisley or Papua New Guinea, Guyana or Ghana. Together we have shown that we can, and we will, Put Children First.”