Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has ditched her usual trendy attire for a UNICEF get-up, as she embarks on a Soccera Aid trip to Cambodia. The British beauty is in the country lending a hand to the less advantaged and tweeted a snap of herself on Tuesday as she arrived, donning a bland T-shirt from the charity.
The fresh-faced star wore her blonde locks in ponytail, which she rested on the side of her shoulder, and wore a basic necklace to accessorise. The look is a far cry from what she wore to London’s Heathrow airport ahead of her travels this week.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is in Cambodia on a UNICEF trip
She posted online: “Have arrived in Cambodia for my first trip with @unicef_uk supporting #SoccerAid. Looking forward for the next few days. #UNICEF #SOCCERAID#CAMBODIA.”
Rosie later shared a snap of herself blowing kisses to the camera with a few local children around her. It was clear she’d had a life-changing initial day as she shared a picture of herself with the little ladies. “Such an incredible first day in Cambodia with @UNICEF_uk meeting gorgeous girls like these,” she added.
But as Rosie went on to publish other images on her Twitter account, it was clear she has been exposed to some sad stories already on her short visit. Peering into the eyes of a woman who returns a smile, Rosie captioned the shot: “An honour to spend time with this beautiful soul today. Despite so much tragedy, an inspiration to all.”
It wasn’t long before the catwalk professional – who is dating actor and former footballer Jason Statham – was back to feeling good as she bonded with a young sports fan.
“This adorable boy has been the star of today! Watch #socceraid for @UNICEF_uk on 8th June 2014 to see more from him,” she teased. Rosie travelled with UNICEF to meet youngsters living in congested slums around Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. They are struggling against poverty, hunger and disease.
“I’ve been so inspired by the children I’ve met on my first day in Cambodia, despite the conditions they live in,” she told the charity blog.
“It was heartbreaking to meet a mum whose baby daughter died from diarrhoea when she was just six months old because of the sewage and dirty conditions. When children get ill here, they don’t always have access to medicine or clean water to be able to get better.”
She added, while previewing an ITV programme, that everyone can contribute to the cause to help those suffering.
“I was shocked to learn that around 50 children under the age of five die every day in Cambodia from diseases that can be easily prevented, like diarrhoea,” she continued. “Yet it costs so little to help save a child’s life. That’s why I’m supporting UNICEF’s vital work through Soccer Aid, and you can too. Buy a ticket to the match at Old Trafford on Sunday 8 June to be a part of Soccer Aid and help UNICEF change children’s lives all over the world.”
Rosie was spotted looking stylish at the airport before her travels
Tickets are now on sale for Soccer Aid 2014, visit manutd.com/socceraid or call 0845 456 2014 (calls to this number will be charged at local rates). Go to unicef.org.uk/socceraid to find out more.