BANGKOK, April 10 – Leading Thai entertainers Paula Taylor and Nichkhun Horvejkul have been appointed ‘Friends of UNICEF,’ according to the UN agency’s ambassador to Thailand Anand Panyarachun.
Mr Anand said they became the first Thais to take the posts.
Paula and Nichkhun will help campaign for the rights of children as well as raise funds and support activities to tackle the problems of children and youths in Thailand.
In her first appearance as Friend of UNICEF, Paula recently visited the northern province of Chiang Mai to promote a breast-feeding campaign and training on child rearing for new parents.
Nichkhun visited a heavily-populated community in Bangkok last month during which he met many poverty-stricken children who had to work to support their families.
Paula, a half Thai, half Australian, had been a VJ for Channel V before emerging to become a sought-after television hostess, presenter and model.
Nichkhun, born to Thai-Chinese parents, is a rapper, dancer and a member of the famous South Korean boy band 2PM.