Countess Alexandra Inaugurates the 2009 UNICEF-City

  January 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

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Countess Alexandra has officially inaugurated Lynby-Tarbaek as the UNICEF-City of 2009, in her capacity as patron of the Danish Committee for UNICEF.

She attended the New Years’ Concert, with Mayor Rolf Aagaard-Svendsen, where they unveiled the municipality’s logo as the UNICEF-City, appointed its Town Ambassadors, people who will help in various different ways to “make 2009 an unforgettable year in Lyngby-Tarbaek and listened to a speech by Alexandra to mark the passing of this title from Odense to Lyngby-Tarbaek.


Each year a different city or municipality is inaugurated by the Countess of Frederiksborg to become the new “UNICEF-City.” This means that, over the coming year, the citizens, businesses and societies of that city come together in a community effort to heighten awareness and raise money for one of UNICEF’s projects through year-long activities, workshops and collections in the workplace and shops. Last year Odense raised over DK1.6 million, which will go to help 9,000 children in Bolivia to have access to primary education, to improve the physical environment in which they study and to give them the financial freedom to complete their primary education. This year, Lyngby-Tarbaek have pledged to raise money for a project aimed at bettering school environments and education for girls in Madagascar.

Alexandra and UNICEF

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is one of Alexandra’s most prominent patronages; she has made visits to Italy, Thailand, Bangladesh, India and attended the UNICEF Executive Board meetings in New York, in addition to being involved in local projects in Denmark. She was appointed patron of the organisation in 2002, when Queen Margrethe resigned, and is also the Chairperson of “UNICEF Danmarks Præsidium”, which consists of well-known Danes who “advise and guide the board and secretary general about the organization’s policy, educational work and collection work.”

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