"When it comes to choosing the perfect baby name every parent takes a different approach. Some children are named after their parents, others are named after religious or literary characters, others according to a location, favorite flower, or what's trending on the media. But, there are a few parents like us, that name their baby after a cultural icon that is loved and admired by her kindness and humanitarian work
Audrey Hepburn, known for her starring roles in films such as Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and My Fair Lady, dedicated the last years of her life to helping children in need around the world.
Audrey had the reputation of being a humble, kind and charming person, who lived the philosophy of putting others before herself. She showed this side particularly towards the end of her life in her work for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). When Audrey Hepburn became a UNICEF ambassador, she went on a mission to Ethiopia, where years of drought and civil strife had caused terrible famine. After visiting UNICEF emergency operations, she talked about the projects to the media in the United States, Canada and Europe over several weeks, giving as many as 15 interviews a day. It set a precedent for her commitment to the organization.
In the years that followed, Hepburn made a series of UNICEF field trips, visiting a polio vaccine project in Turkey, training programmes for women in Venezuela, projects for children living and working on the street in Ecuador, projects to provide drinking water in Guatemala and Honduras and radio literacy projects in El Salvador. She saw schools in Bangladesh, projects for impoverished children in Thailand, nutrition projects in Viet Nam and camps for displaced children in Sudan.
Hepburn also worked tirelessly for UNICEF when not making field trips. She testified before the US Congress, took part in the World Summit for Children, launched UNICEF's State of the World's Children reports, hosted Danny Kaye International Children's Award ceremonies, designed fundraising cards, participated in benefit concert tours and gave many speeches and interviews promoting UNICEF's work.
Hepburn received the United States' highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in December 1992. During that year, though ill with cancer, she had continued her work for UNICEF, traveling to Somalia, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France and the United States.
Audrey Hepburn, is a true inspiration to every generation, and even after her death, her legacy of service and philanthropic mission continues in perpetuity.
*Photo credit: Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund Somalia, 1992. Copyright © UNICEF/HQ92-1184/Betty Press