Ferretti Group, the parent company of iconic Italian yachtbuilder Riva, has announced that one of its limited 10 metre Riva Anniversario models will go under the hammer as part of Ferretti Group and David Beckham's UNICEF fund.
Beckham, a client and supporter of Ferretti Group, is also Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. To mark his 10 years in the role, Beckham set up the 7 Fund with UNICEF to provide aid to children across the globe through education, healthcare and other initiatives.
The auction of the limited edition Riva model will provide funds for at-risk and vulnerable children in El Salvador. The 7 Fund is taking action in the six most violent areas to help prevent and respond to acts of violence against young people.
In a statement, Ferretti Group said: "The goal is to help children go to school, to make public spaces safer and child friendly, and to strengthen child-protection services and make them more accessible."
Beckham has expressed his thanks to the Ferretti Group for supporting a cause "so close to [his] heart."
“I am so proud of my work with UNICEF," he said. "As a Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the 7 Fund, I have seen first-hand the vital work that UNICEF does around the world. UNICEF is there every day in homes, schools, and communities, helping children realise and fulfil their potential. I am so pleased to see how we are helping children in El Salvador. The projects we support there protect the many children who live in the shadow of violence."
The Riva Anniversario was developed by the shipyard to celebrate 180 years of Riva and 60 years of the iconic Aquarama. Only 18 units will be produced, adding limited edition value to the sale of the model.
“All of us who sail the waves know that there is a law of the sea that we all hold dear: that you must do all you can to rescue those in danger who need help,” said Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO. “I am grateful to UNICEF and to our friend David Beckham for this chance to support a project that can make a real difference to the lives of thousands of children and their families. There is no better way to celebrate Riva’s 180th year, and I am certain that our owners will be eager to compete for such an exclusive, iconic boat while offering hope and opportunity to so many people".