Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund: I remember making my first donation two years ago — the tiny amount of 3.00 because that was all I could spare at the time. I hope to make a bigger contribution this year — this is one of my favourite charities. I adore Audrey Hepburn and admire her big heart — to me, she was one of the first celebrities and fashion icons to actually roll up her sleeves and try to help the world. This is my way of remembering a personal heroine, as well as a small gesture of caring for all the children in the world.
Mary Foundation: HRH the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s foundation was started to celebrate diversity and end social isolation. Growing up, I was never popular and was to some extent left out and bullied. While the organization focuses primarily on the people of Denmark, its governing principle is that everyone has the right to belong. I believe we can all support that ideal.
Prince’s Charities Canada: HRH the Prince of Wales is a supporter of many worthy causes. My favourites are those that protect and nurture the environment, as well as those that help young people achieve their dreams.
Yellow Feather Fund: If you’ve grown up within the past 50 years, chances are Sesame Street was a part of your childhood. I have fond memories of the show, but never realised until recently that they are much more than a beloved, educational show. They are at heart, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to helping children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Apart from visual media, they do research and innovation in children’s learning, participate with industry leaders in curriculum development, and invest in social impact initiatives for topics such as autism, traumatic experiences, refugee responses, military families, gender equity, health and hygiene, and financial empowerment. Through the Yellow Feather Fund, we can help make a difference for vulnerable children and support Sesame Workshop’s initiatives by helping them continue their work. As a mother now, helping children has taken on a new level of meaning for me. I’m passionate about helping as many children as possible lead a positive life full of opportunities for learning, creativity, and happiness.