01st March 2024


Ferretti Group donates proceeds from auction of its special-edition yacht to support UNICEF’s work keeping children safe in El Salvador

Ferretti Group supports David Beckhams 7 Fund UNICEF
Rome, February 27, 2024

An auction organised by Ferretti Group, in support of David Beckham’s 7 Fund for UNICEF, has ended, with the proceeds of the special-edition yacht going towards UNICEF’s work in El Salvador, creating safe spaces for children to learn and play.

The Ferretti Group auctioned a Riva Anniversario boat to raise funds, which will go towards protecting children, particularly those living in El Salvador whose lives are often threatened by violence.

In 2023, the 7 Fund delivered sports, cultural, and artistic activities to over five thousand children and adolescents in El Salvador. These activities aimed to foster inclusion, eliminate gender stereotypes, and strengthen community bonds, all while addressing the problems that the country faces concerning violence against children. To date, more than 36,000 children in El Salvador have benefited from this programme.

“Providing children with safe spaces to learn and play is key to ensuring their enrolment in education and providing them with opportunities to develop their full potential. This is why we are grateful to Ferretti Group for the donation made to UNICEF through the 7 Fund,” said UNICEF Private Fundraising and Partnerships Director Carla Haddad Mardini.

“I would like to thank UNICEF for the chance to contribute through our boat to such a noble and deserving cause as the one supported by ‘7 Fund for UNICEF’. It is an honour to have actively participated in this project that offers hope and opportunity to thousands of children and their families,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi.

In El Salvador, violence against children and adolescents continues to be one of the country's greatest challenges to the fulfilment of their rights. Social norms and attitudes perpetuate various forms of violence against children and adolescents, including at home and in school. In 2023, the lead institution of El Salvador’s protection system reported 28,779 violations of the rights of children and adolescents, with 87.45% of these violations related to violence and abuse.

To help tackle this issue, the 7 Fund is working in six of the most violent areas of El Salvador to help prevent and respond to acts of violence against children and adolescents. The goal is to help them to attend school by making public spaces safer and child-friendly, and to strengthen child protection services, making them more accessible. The 7 Fund also aims to provide all children in the six areas with the opportunity to play sports safely, so that they can develop resilience and learn life skills.

7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund was launched in February 2015 to mark David Beckham’s tenth year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The Fund is a unique partnership between David Beckham and UNICEF that is helping to give vulnerable and disadvantaged children the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Riva Anniversario is the special limited-edition boat created by Riva to celebrate the shipyard's 180th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the iconic Aquarama. Only 18 examples were produced, one of which was destined to support the work of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. Visit www.unicef.org. Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook. UNICEF does not endorse any company, brand, product or service.

Building on the legacy of Italy's centuries-old nautical tradition, the Ferretti Group is a world leader in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor and pleasure yachts, with a unique portfolio of prestigious and exclusive brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, CRN, Custom Line and Wally. Led by CEO Mr. Alberto Galassi, the Ferretti Group owns and operates seven shipyards located throughout Italy that combine efficient industrial production with world-class Italian craftsmanship and is able to reach customers in more than 70 countries around the world thanks to its direct presence in Europe, the United States and Asia and its network of about 60 carefully selected third party dealers. Ferretti Group's motor yachts, the ultimate expression of Made in Italy creative genius and elegance, have long stood out for their exceptional quality, state-of-the-art technological solutions, safety records and excellent performance at sea, as well as their exclusive design and timeless appeal.

Giovanni Bogetto, Ferretti Group, Tel: +39 02 83994 000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lukas Clark-Memler, UNICEF Geneva, Tel: + 41 766 980 380, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Italy National Committee for UNICEF, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: +39 06 47809233 - 346
7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund: Kat Baldwyn, UNICEF UK, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.