“I’m honoured to be chosen as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams.” – Hima Das
Golden girl Hima Das has been appointed as the first ever Youth Ambassador of United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India.-- Advertisement --
Teenage sprint sensation Hima Das’s name was announced by UNICEF in a tweet on Wednesday which coincided with Children’s Day.
— UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) November 14, 2018-- Advertisement --
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Hima expressed her joy for being awarded this golden opportunity. “I’m honoured and grateful to be the first UNICEF India Youth Ambassador. I look forward to encouraging and supporting children to achieve their dreams”, said an elated Hima.
Owing to her achievements, Hima was also among the 20 sportspersons to be nominated for Arjuna Award, earlier this year.-- Advertisement --
“My role model was Sachin Tendulkar as a kid. I feel very proud that I have been able to follow his footsteps and become a UNICEF ambassador like him. I want for every child, regardless of their background, gender, caste etc. to be able to access schools that are safe and supportive so that they can learn and thrive,” Hima said.
“I’m honoured to be chosen as @UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams” — Hima Das, Asian Games medallist.#ChildrensDay #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/y259UrVkFS
— UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) November 14, 2018
As a Youth Ambassador for UNICEF, Hima will be amplifying the voices of young and children alike. She will help them raise awareness thus contributing to their overall development.
Laura Siegrist Fouche, a representative of UNICEF India said, “Young people are effective champions for the issues which impact them most. Hima is a young athlete, and she can inspire millions of young people to realize their dreams and aspirations. By appointing her as our first ever Youth Ambassador, we aim to leverage her potential in galvanising children and adolescents to bring about positive change.”
Hima Das, who hails from Nagaon district of Assam, created history by winning a gold medal at IAAF World Junior Championships. Das also won gold medals at the in Women’s 4X 400 m relay event and a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games.
In another news related to Hima, the Indian athlete has been included by National Anti-Doping Agency in their “Registered Testing Pool” high category, under which the 18-year-old will be subjected to frequent In-Competition (IC) as well as Out of Competition (OC) testing.
Hima expressed her support to this stating that this is a sign of being a good athlete.