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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes amazing gesture at Manchester United for Unicef gala

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer auctioned off the watch he was given on his first day as Manchester United manager to help raise money for Unicef.

The interim United manager was at the annual United for Unicef gala event at Old Trafford along with the majority of the first-team squad on Tuesday night.

The event celebrated the 20-year partnership between the club and the charity and raised £225,000 which will go towards helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children affected by disasters and those living through conflict.

Solskjaer, who attended with his wife Silje, made the generous offer of adding his custom made, limited edition, squad watch to the post dinner auction which was bought by a fan for £35,000.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to be back I have to say it’s been everything I hoped for and maybe even more. Working with players like this has been fantastic as a manager and a coach and it’s great to be part of this club again and back home,” Solskjaer said.

“I remember the first association I had with Unicef as a player in Beijing in 1999 and I’m honoured to now be the goodwill ambassador for Unicef back home in Norway.  For me, it’s the closest charity to my heart and it’s fantastic to see so many people here and hopefully we can raise a lot of money.”

All funds raised from this year’s dinner will go towards Unicef’s Children’s Emergency Fund, allowing Unicef to act wherever the needs of children are the greatest.

Mike Penrose, executive director of Unicef UK said: “Thanks to the club, the players and fans, over the last 20 years United for Unicef has changed the lives of millions of children around the world.

“It is our aim to ensure that children caught up in emergencies have the chance to rebuild their lives – through access to quick and sustainable support. Children are in desperate need of life-saving food, water and medicine as well as a safe space to learn and be protected. Funds raised from tonight’s Gala Dinner will enable Unicef to reach even more of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

 



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