Big news, guys. Intrepid has recently teamed up with Unicef to bring soccer superstar and Unicef ambassador David Beckham to Nepal!
It’s all part of a BBC series Becks is filming at the moment, The Love of the Game, in which he’ll play seven games of soccer in all seven continents, raising money for Unicef projects all over the world. We were privileged to team up with David as his on-the-ground crew, first in Papua New Guinea and now in Nepal.
“I’m here to shine a light on how Unicef helps children recover after a disaster hits,” David said. “Unicef has built schools like this one to make sure a generation of children affected by the earthquake don’t miss out on their education. Children who’ve lost parents and friends, or seen their homes destroyed, now have somewhere to learn, play and talk about what happened to them. They can be kids again.” Beckham played a charity soccer match with local kids in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the same UNESCO site hit hard by the quake in April this year. We’re pleased to report the final score was 2-2. Becks may or may not have been going easy on them. He also spent an hour talking to students at the Shree Padma Higher Secondary School, an institution badly hit by the quake.
Our (slightly star-struck) ground team handled all the tour logistics, helping David meet his commitments and transporting his crew through Kathmandu, despite the crippling fuel shortages still plaguing the country.
“I found him very down-to-earth,” said our Deputy Operations Manager Sujan Sijapati, “He was very jolly and easy to get along with. He embraced the local culture and seemed to really enjoy it. One local guy put red powder on his face, and I think it stung his eyes a bit, but he never complained or stopped smiling.”
Intrepid will be donating all profits from its 2015/16 Nepal trips to local projects supported by our not-for-profit, The Intrepid Foundation. It’s all about getting travellers back to the Himalayas, and the local tourism industry back on its feet.
Intrepid Travel will be helping Becks on his quest to play 7 matches on all 7 continents. Check out 7, David Beckham’s Unicef fund, for more information.
Feature image c/o Unicef