Mark Wright chatted to This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about returning to Soccer Aid for the third time.?
Former The Only Way Is Essex?star Mark spoke live from Cape Town in South Africa ahead of Soccer Aid 2019.
Mark called?the charity football match for Unicef “the best day of his life”, which he revealed?left his wife Michelle Keegan?unimpressed.?
He explained: “I absolutely love it. My wife hates it because I say it’s the best day of my life.
“It’s unbelievable, it really is, to see the work Unicef do and the donations, and where they go.
“I’ve seen now in South Africa first hand, it’s amazing and always is.”
While in South Africa, Mark is seeing the incredible work that Unicef does there, as?he also gets to visit Michelle on the set of BBC's Our Girl.?
He revealed: “I’ve been here a couple of weeks, Michelle is working here doing Our Girl so I’m visiting her.
“Just down the road from here in a place called Saldanha, I’m visiting a community and some kids who are benefiting from the help and donations Unicef are putting forward, and honestly it’s completely changing their lives.”
Mark wrote a touching post about his time in South Africa on his Instagram, as he shared pictures of himself playing football with children.?
He wrote: “Today was one of the most eye opening days of my life. To spend a day with the amazing children from this community in Saldanha, South Africa was life changing!
"We can see all the pictures and films in the world regarding the hard lives others have to live, but it’s not until you really enter into their world that you really feel it.?Related content
"One thing that really touched me is from early this morning until late this evening, the children laughed, sang, danced and acted like they didn’t have a care in the world.?
"Growing up playing outside with my friends and family, whether it was football, basketball or just on my bike is what I believe has been key to defining me as the man I am today.?
"Without this safe park the kids I met today would have no where safe to play at all. The streets are dangerous and not in good enough conditions for them to play safely, so to see them out there playing and having fun was simply everything.?
"Thank you for welcoming today, I can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow #unicef#socceraid?#happy?#newfriends#thankyou?#southafrica.”
?Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 match takes place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge on Sunday 16 June.?