NEW YORK: Priyanka Chopra has been honoured with UNICEF's Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award.
The India star was named the 2019 recipient of the Humanitarian Award by the United Nations Children's Fund in June this year and received the award at the Snowflake Ball here Tuesday night.
UNICEF USA took to twitter to put out a post of the award show.
“Giving back is no longer a choice. Giving back has to be a way of life,” says @UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador @priyankachopra, receiving the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at tonight’s #UNICEFSnowflake Ball. “Let us live up to our children’s dreams.”pic.twitter.com/ltfKSq7AiR— UNICEF USA (@UNICEFUSA) December 4, 2019
Veteran fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg handed over the award to the 37-year-old actor.
Priyanka, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for more than a decade, also opened up about her journey with the organisation.
From volunteer to Goodwill Ambassador, @priyankachopra shared her personal @UNICEF journey with us earlier tonight. “[Volunteering] is not about intention. It is about action.” #UNICEFSnowflake pic.twitter.com/Iras3KFZJV— UNICEF USA (@UNICEFUSA) December 4, 2019
"I had just become an actor and I was figuring out that I had this platform. I had started associating with causes that I believed were important. I was working with thalassemic children, children's wards and suddenly I realised that there was a theme, that I was working with a lot of kids. My then manager Natasha Pal told me that there is this organisation called UNICEF and maybe I should volunteer. I started reading up a lot more and I started volunteering my time. A couple of years later, I became a national ambassador in India and then two years ago, I became a global ambassador for the UNICEF. The journey has been now 13 years," she told UNICEF USA.