Ewan McGregor Honored With International Humanitarian Award

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor was honored with the International Humanitarian Award by the unite2:good foundation at their event, Unite4:humanity.

The event was held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California and was sponsored by Variety.

McGregor was honored for his work with UNICEF U.K., and organization that works to promote the rights and well-being of children internationally. The award was presented by actress Emily Blunt.

Ewan McGregorIn his acceptance speech, McGregor took the opportunity to speak out about vaccinations. “I’ve seen it in Nepal and India and how close we are to having wiped out that disease completely, but not quite,” McGregor said. “There’s still quite a bit of work to be done. You can’t tell the mother or father of a child that’s been crippled with polio that vaccinations don’t work. In America and in Europe, our way of life is such that it’s hard to imagine a village where there is no doctor or clean water, where if your baby gets sick, your baby dies and that’s it. Yet it is the reality for so much of the world’s population. That’s why I think we have a responsibility to help.”

McGregor began his work with UNICEF after a 20,000-mile motorcycle trip through 12 countries with his friend Charley Boorman in 2004. The journey was documented in a book and documentary series, both titled Long Way Round. Since then, they have taken additional trips, including one through Africa that was documented in a book and documentary series titled Long Way Down. During the journeys, McGregor saw children suffering from extreme poverty and disease.

“He fronted our appeal during the 2014 Commonwealth Games that raised £5 million,” Louise O’Shea, the spokeswoman for UNICEF UK, said of McGregor. “His support for UNICEF is like no other.”

The honorees from the Unite4:humanity event compete in a runoff vote to win one of several grants.

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