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The Beckham's Beijing charity

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 00:56

April 21 - Soccer star David Beckham unveils a charity fund for youth football in China. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Retired British football player David Beckham unveils a charity fund for youth football in China, using a donation he and Victoria Beckham made last year. ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Retired British football player David Beckham announced a charity fund for youth football in China on Monday (April 21) in Beijing, based on a donation he and his wife Victoria Beckham made last year. The Beckhams donated a Jaguar sports car and six football jerseys for a charity auction during a visit to China in June last year, raising 2.58 million yuan ($415,000) for the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, a large government-affiliated charity. The Foundation and the Beckhams have decided to use that donation to form the "Youth Football Fund Supported by David Beckham". Last year, Beckham also took on the role of global ambassador for the Chinese Super League, the country's top football league, after it was plagued by a series of match-fixing scandals. "I'm very proud of my association to the Super League. It's one of the things I was very proud to be involved in, and (I) will continue to be involved in the youth system, and this is obviously part of my involvement with children, with the foundation, and giving children the opportunity to live a great life and the opportunity to play in great facilities that they're going to be very happy with," Beckham said at the unveiling ceremony in the Great Hall of the People. Already, one million yuan ($161,000) has been earmarked for youth football in China's far western Xinjiang region, which has a history of ethnic unrest.

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The Beckham's Beijing charity

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 00:56