UNICEF ambassador Sir Chris Hoy: 'We urgently need your support'

Sir Chris Hoy has been a UNICEF ambassador for more than eight years. He has seen first hand the vital work that the charity does all around the world. 

Last year, he was lucky enough to drive a Gen2 Formula E car around the streets of Rome and since then, the six-time Olympic champion has followed the series’ passion and drive for change. Now, he is calling on your support during this time of crisis to help change the formula.

“We're at a time when children around the world need our support more than ever,” said Sir Chris.

“When you add coronavirus to a vulnerable life, it multiplies the problems they already face in their day-to-day lives. It threatens the lives of children already weakened by war, disease and poverty.

“It’s disrupting essential healthcare as well as supplies of vaccines, food and clean water. Millions of children are missing out on their education and vital child protection services.

“So, that’s why UNICEF and Formula E have come together to change the formula – to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and reduce its impact on children and families around the world.

“Just €36 could help UNICEF protect a healthcare worker with PPE – providing masks, gloves and overalls.

"We urgently need your support to help children and families around the world.

"Please donate now to UNICEF and help change the formula.”

Over the last two months, the Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF has allowed the entire Formula E community of teams, manufacturers, partners, drivers and fans to be a part of live online races.

They've entertained fans and kept themselves in good nick, all while raising funds for UNICEF to keep children around the world healthy, safe and learning during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Donations from the competition will be directed by UNICEF to comprehensive emergency projects around the world, such as those contributing to the supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and setting up home learning schemes for children currently out of school.

Since the Challenge launched, funds raised by UNICEF have been used to reach over 800 million people around the world with COVID-19 transmission prevention messaging.