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The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S.: Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. Our website is your resource for news about the Avril Lavigne Foundation, photos and Avril's Foundation Blog. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our support page.
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From Avril's Blog
Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! I had so much fun working with all of you last year to raise awareness and funds for the Avril Lavigne Foundation. Together we have made tons of kids feel like Rockstars. It really feels like we are a team, and I'm excited for the upcoming year! Today we are proud to announce that we are expanding the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club to ten more U.S. and Canadian cities. Thanks to your support, the Avril Lavigne Foundation has chosen ten totally unique and fun recreation programs that really represent our R.O.C.K.S. mission: to provide Respect, Opportunities, Choices, Knowledge and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. A little bit about each of the ten clubs is listed below, look out for more fun updates about them this year on the Avril Lavigne Foundation website, Facebook and twitter. To learn more, check out our press release . I'm really looking forward to seeing the kids love these great programs and hope you are too! Xo, Avril Southern California: Scholarships for Camp Oakes and a music program/talent show which will be named "The Avril Lavigne Rockstar Talent Show." Greater Houston in Texas: Scholarships for summer campers and a program that will bring local musicians and artists to camp to teach lessons. South Florida: Rockstar chefs-in-training camp to teach kids both with and without disabilities cooking skills, culminating in a cook-off challenge. Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain (Montana) : Social skills classes for kids with disabilities, parent education classes for parents of infants with disabilities, a horse-therapy program, and sibling workshops. DuPage & the Fox Valley Region (Illinois): Dance therapy program for children with physical disabilities. Hawaii: The only program for kids with disabilities on the island of Oahu, will support youth groups for girls and boys, as well as weekend day camps for families of kids with disabilities. Nevada: Recreation program for teens and young adults with disabilities will include field trips and events in the local area including bowling, karate and music lessons and sports. Washington: Multi-sensory learning center at Camp Stand By Me to provide a space for kids to learn and experience different senses. Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties (Ohio): Continue to support program that recruits teens without disabilities from local high schools to join the Rockstar Club and participate in activities and field trips with kids with disabilities. Alberta, Canada: Adaptive bikes program with bikes that can be modified to be ridden by kids with disabilities at Camp Horizons.
We just got a great update from the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club in Ohio, where kids & teens with disabilities are going out into the local community with their peers to engage in fun everyday teen activities. Click here for some of their first-hand stories and photos – sounds like fun!!!
Last month Avril visited the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals in Southern California. She made chimes, danced, and sang karaoke with the kids who participate in the Rockstar Club. Click here to view photos from our visit.
We also spoke with one of the moms whose son participates in the Rockstar Club. She wrote Avril the below letter, which we wanted to share with our supporters. Your donations to the Avril Lavigne Foundation help make a difference!
I just want to thank you for your commitment to helping children with disabilities and your work with Easter Seals. The Easter Seals program has been vital for my son to have after-care once school is over. He goes to Easter Seals with peers with disabilities and they have activities that are meaningful to them; singing, computers, videos and most importantly music.
There is just something universal about the importance and understanding of music to the brain that these children, with cognitive disabilities, understand. My son, Timmy is nonverbal and has autism. Since 6 mos old he has always responded to music. He can read and is absolutely mesmerized and motivated by the karaoke machine. Thank you again for improving the quality of my son’s and all of the children’s experience at Easter Seals.
Offers Exclusive Videos from the Singer/Songwriter as Thank You to Customers who Support its Annual April Campaign for Easter Seals and Special Olympics
PLESANTON, Calif. (PRWEB) April 04, 2012
Safeway Inc. today launched its annual Support for People with Disabilities fundraising campaign to benefit Easter Seals, Special Olympics and an array of organizations that help people with disabilities live fuller, more independent lives.
This year, as a way to thank the thousands of customers and employees who generously support the campaign, Safeway is partnering with award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne and The Avril Lavigne Foundation to bring a new, exclusive video element and enhanced fundraising to the April effort.
“We are honored to be working with The Avril Lavigne Foundation to build even more excitement for our disabilities campaign and give our customers something unique as a thank you for their support – exclusive access to go behind the scenes with Avril,” said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President and Chair of the Safeway Foundation.