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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
Hello from the tour! It’s been such a fun ride over the past couple of months! As always – my fans have been AMAZING and I appreciate all of your support with the new album and while I’m on tour. In addition to getting to share my music and meet so many fans on this tour, I’ve also been lucky to meet more than 200 talented young people from Japan, Thailand, China, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s new partnership with Special Olympics. One of my favorite memories so far was from Shanghai, where I visited the Special Education School of Pudong New Area. The school supports youth with both physical and intellectual disabilities. I was so impressed not only by the awesome staff, but also by the positive attitudes of all of the athletes I met. One of the reasons I’ve been working with Special Olympics is that they focus on encouraging respect through words, action and inclusion through their programs all over the world. In Malaysia, I had a blast meeting athletes who will participate in the first-ever Unified Football World Cup. The tournament will host players with and without disabilities from around the world. I’ve shared some of my favorite pics so far below, and am enjoying meeting more amazing athletes in South America! We’ll also be announcing more about the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s partnership with Special Olympics and ways you can get involved too, so stay tuned! XOXO, Avril P.S.: Don’t forget you can support the Foundation by getting your R.O.C.K.S. T-Shirt by visiting the merch stand on tour or getting it online here. Thank you!
We just got an awesome update from our Rockstar Club in Hawaii, where kids and teens with disabilities got together for a good time at a camp-wide dance. The event gave participants a way to get involved in an age-appropriate event that many of them might normally miss out on. One of the campers was so excited he said: “I can’t believe this is happening! I’m really doing it! Look I’m slow dancing, with a girl!” Our Rockstar Club teens have also been attending other fun outings this summer like a weekend day camp at Sea Life Park, separate boys and girls slumber parties, a trip to the zoo and a fun bowling trip with their families and friends. A photo from their bowling trip is below.
Our Rockstar Club in Alberta has started using their new adaptive bikes made for anyone to be able to ride – both kids with and without disabilities! Below is a photo of one proud camper from Alberta riding one of the adaptive bikes for the first time ever. A counselor said she truly felt like a Rockstar riding through camp and was offering to sign autographs all day long!
Stay tuned for more fun updates throughout the summer!
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.