UNICEF AMBASSADOR CALLAN MCAULIFFE TAKES CHILD RIGHTS MESSAGE TO SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
UNICEF Australia will welcome its youngest National Ambassador Callan McAuliffe home to take a child rights message to music festival Splendour in the Grass this month.
The 19-year-old, LA-based actor will bring a child rights message to the all-ages Byron Bay music festival and call on festivalgoers and artists alike to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Last year McAuliffe celebrated global success in the Baz Lurhmann film adaption of The Great Gatsby and was named a UNICEF Australia National Ambassador in November, at the same time his lead role in Beneath the Harvest Sky was premiering to the Toronto International Film Festival, in Canada.
McAuliffe joins fellow Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, author Tara Moss, singer Jimmy Barnes, children’s entertainers The Wiggles and children’s author Morris Gleitzman in endorsing and promoting UNICEF’s message to reach every child, everywhere with the good health, nutrition, care, safety, education and freedoms that are their right.
McAuliffe said he was excited to be joining UNICEF’s family of global ambassadors to raise the profile of children’s rights both here in Australia and around the world.
“I’ve lived with my rights protected under a UN Convention, and I didn’t fully understand what that meant until working more closely with UNICEF Australia,” McAuliffe said.
UNICEF is using the occasion of the 25th anniversary on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to highlight both the gains made in child survival, child protection and education for children but also to raise the disparities and inequality many children face.
“The Convention on the Rights of the Child offers a vision where all children survive and develop to their full potential, without discrimination, and are protected, respected and encouraged to participate in decisions affecting their lives,” UNICEF Australia Chief Executive Norman Gillespie said.
“As UNICEF we continue to advocate for children here in Australia and around the world that don’t enjoy an equal access to their rights,” he said.
Dr Gillespie said McAuliffe represented the generational shifts since the UN Convention had been in place.
“This is a young man making his mark on the world stage, who has enjoyed his rights as a child and whose lifetime spans a moment in history across which we’ve seen so many gains for children worldwide,” Dr Gillespie said.
While in Australia, McAuliffe will promote the Australian premiere of Beneath The Harvest Sky, screening at Possible Worlds US and Canadian Film Festival in Sydney, Canberra and Perth next month.
McAuliffe has four films set to open this year in the US, UK and Australia.