Disaster Relief

Artists For Peace And Justice Hosts 9th Annual Star-Studded Gala Event During Toronto Film Festival

The Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Festival Gala, presented by BOVET 1822, returns in 2017 at a new downtown location, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Held on September 10, the gala celebrates and awards leading cultural icons for their lifetime of service while raising vital funds for APJ’s on going community development work in Haiti. Co-chaired by Natasha Koifman and Suzanne Boyd, the event will be co-hosted by an influential team including APJ Founder Paul Haggis, alongside BOVET 1822 Owner Pascal Raffy, Ben Stiller, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morgan Spurlock, Shantelle and Yannick Bisson, George Stromboulopoulos and more. This year’s Peace and Justice Activism Award recipient will be Jackson Browne, celebrating his lifetime of activism and commitment to peace and social ...

Pathway To Paris: Concert To Fight Climate Change

Pathway to Paris, a climate change initiative focused on turning the Paris Agreement into reality, will partner with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and 350.org for a concert on climate action, to be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 5, 2017. Pathway to Paris promises to be a night of incredible musical performances and rousing speeches aimed at advancing the important work of fighting climate change while offering innovative solutions. Set to take place on the eve of COP 23 – the United Nations conference on climate change that kicks off in Bonn, Germany – the evening will feature internationally recognized musicians and speakers, including Patti Smith, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Tanya Tagaq, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Tenzin C...

Habitat For Humanity’s 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project Heading To Indiana

Habitat For Humanity's 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place next year in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Over five days, future homeowners will work alongside President and Mrs. Carter and hundreds of other volunteers from Indiana and around the world to build or improve about 30 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend. “We look forward to welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Mishawaka for this transformational and inspiring project,” said Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. “Thanks to the generous involvement of volunteers and sponsors from across the country, we will be able to help dozens of families have a more secure place they can call home.” In addition to the work in St. Joseph County, local Hab...

A Royal Visit To Disaster Relief Charity ShelterBox

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, met with ShelterBox USA President, Kerri Murray, at the ShelterBox Headquarters in Cornwall, England on Wednesday, July 19, to officially open the nonprofit’s new public Visitor Center in the UK. The center will educate thousands of visitors each year on ShelterBox’s humanitarian aid, its complex operations, and its rapid response to disasters worldwide. Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, who is ShelterBox’s President, first learned of ShelterBox while on an official visit to Pakistan in 2006. The Duchess was interested in ShelterBox’s work helping families who had lost their homes in the Kashmir earthquake. Her Royal Highness then became ShelterBox’s President in 2007. During the official visit to ShelterBox, the...

Game Of Thrones Star Has Birthday Wish For A Healthy Planet

As part of his 47th birthday celebrations, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador and the actor playing the role of Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, is calling on his friends, family and fans to help him raise funds to support UN climate action programmes. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau kicked off his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the UNDP by refereeing the world's first amateur women's World Cup soccer tournamentCredit/Copyright: UNDP/Freya MoralesAccording to UNDP, Mr. Coster-Waldau has announced that all he wants for his birthday this year is a healthy planet. “Like most parents, I want my daughters to achieve their dreams in life,” Mr. Coster-Waldau, a father of two, said. “But we cannot create opportunities a...

Celebrities Join Group Of Humanitarian Organizations To Fight Famine

For the first time, eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have joined forces to urge the American public to donate to the new Hunger Relief Fund in response to looming famines and persistent hunger threatening millions of people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and neighboring countries. Video: George Clooney: Famine & drought in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, YemenMore than 20 million people face starvation in the coming months and, without immediate help, 1.4 million children who are severely malnourished could die. “Drought, displacement and conflict have converged with alarming consequences,” according to the chief executive officers of the organizations in the Global Emergency Response Coalition. “In the 21st century, innocent ...

Jimmy Carter Falls Ill During Habitat For Humanity Build In Canada

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter became dehydrated this morning while working at a Habitat For Humanity build site in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. As a precaution, he was transported to St. Boniface General Hospital for rehydration. Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, said “President Carter told us he is OK and is being taken off-site for observation. He encourages everyone to stay hydrated and keep building.” President Carter was in Canada working on homes as part of the 34th Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project, which aims to build 150 homes in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The first day of building kicked off July 10 and will continue through July 14. Projects during the week include: 75 homes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatch...

Oxfam Celebrates 15 Years Working With Coldplay

The 2017 leg of Coldplay's ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour, which comes to the U.S. on August 1st, marks 15 years of Oxfam working with Coldplay. In that time, over 60,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to support Oxfam campaigns to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees. Chris Martin said: “As a band, we’re really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us for the past fifteen years. It’s given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for campaigns from Make Trade Fair to supporting refugees.” Coldplay has been among Oxfam’s most high profile and vocal supporters, using their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign on all five of their tours in over 50 countries. Front man Chris Martin first travelled with Oxfam i...

Oxfam Celebrates 15 Years Working With Coldplay

The 2017 leg of Coldplay's ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour, which comes to the U.S. on August 1st, marks 15 years of Oxfam working with Coldplay. In that time, over 60,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to support Oxfam campaigns to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees. Chris Martin said: “As a band, we’re really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us for the past fifteen years. It’s given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for campaigns from Make Trade Fair to supporting refugees.” Coldplay has been among Oxfam’s most high profile and vocal supporters, using their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign on all five of their tours in over 50 countries. Front man Chris Martin first travelled with Oxfam i...

Chris Cornell’s Music Video For The Promise Released On World Refugee Day

Multi-Grammy Award-winning, Golden Globe nominee Chris Cornell's official music video for his song “The Promise” was released this morning by Survival Pictures. Video: Chris Cornell - The Promise (Official Video)“The Promise” was Cornell’s last release prior to his passing. “Chris Cornell was not only a dear family friend for many years, but he was also a once-in-a-generation talent who is missed more than words can convey. It was such an honor to collaborate and partner on ‘The Promise’ over the years,” said Eric Esrailian, Producer of “The Promise” and Co-Manager for Survival Pictures. “His music and lyrics will not only shine a light on the Armenian Genocide and the human rights crisis of modern times, but they will...

International Rescue Committee, YouTube And YouTube Stars Team Up On World Refugee Day

According to the latest figures, more than 65.6 million people last year were forced to flee their homes because of crisis and disaster. This World Refugee Day, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and YouTube’s Creators for Change program have joined seven YouTube stars to help raise awareness of refugee stories through a series of new YouTube videos. These #MoreThanARefugee videos are designed to help put names, faces and real stories to the people behind the staggering statistics and to help people around the world understand who refugees are and why they are displaced from their home countries. Over the past weeks, seven YouTube Creators including Mama Bee from Eh Bee Family, Tyler Oakley, Jouelzy, Fly with Haifa, Francis Maxwell of The Young Turks, Suli Breaks, and Greg ...

Usher’s New Look To Host Disruptive Innovation Summit

Usher's New Look, the non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, is hosting the inaugural Disruptive Innovation Summit at the new SunTrust Park on July 20th and 21st. UNL’s focus is on transforming the lives of underserved youth by developing passion-driven, global leaders. The event is for people ages 17-24 years old who have an interest in changing the world. The 2-day summit, hosted at the new Braves stadium, will feature speakers such as Usher, Jay Versace, Kate Atwood and other global innovators who will share details on their personal and professional journey. “The Summit is all about growing together – it’s going to be a transformative experience for attendees that will inspire leadership and creativity.” says Usher Raymond IV, Founder of ...