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In a statement to iHeartRadio, Avril shared a heartfelt message of gratitude to all the fans who tuned in and donated, and to her celebrity friends for taking the time to help amplify her message. She said:
“Thanks to all the fans for donating in support of the Lyme community, we couldn’t be more grateful for your ongoing support and generosity. Special thanks to OneRepublic, Alessia Cara, and Rob Thomas for performing lending your voice to support, to Wilmer Valderrama for hosting, to my friends Bebe Rexha, Shania Twain, Chad Kroeger, Elena Delle Donne, and Marisol Thomas for supporting the Lyme community by participating in our #FightLyme PSA and to all involved in making the production happen.”
Thanks so much to all the dope artists OneRepublic, Alessia Cara, and Rob Thomas for performing tonight and lending your voice to support, Wilmer Valderrama for hosting and to my friends Bebe Rexha, Shania Twain, Chad Kroeger Elena Delle Donne, and Marisol Thomas for supporting the #Lyme community. You can get the shirt we’re all wearing in the show at charitystars.com/fightlyme #FightLyme
I’m SO excited to share that my friends OneRepublic and Alessia Cara are joining us to help #FightLyme on 10/24 at 5pm PST! SO grateful to them and also to Rob Thomas, & our host Wilmer Valderrama for helping bring the Lyme community together. Will you join us too? Tickets & merch bundles are on sale now at avrillavigne.com, and we just added a few more VIP Soundcheck packages too. With your help, The Avril Lavigne Foundation continues to provide PREVENTION resources and TREATMENT grants to individuals and families affected by Lyme disease, and to accelerate scientific RESEARCH.
Tickets are on sale now at avrillavigne.com, With your help, The Avril Lavigne Foundation will continue to provide PREVENTION resources and TREATMENT grants to individuals and families affected by Lyme disease, and to accelerate scientific RESEARCH.
In honor of Lyme Awareness Month, The Avril Lavigne Foundation has joined our partners at Global Lyme Alliance for an awareness campaign, and we really need YOUR help. Did you know you are at risk for Lyme Disease, if you go outside? It’s true! Please, follow the directions below because I can’t wait to see you guys in action as #LymeWarriors!!! Together we can educate entire communities and the resulting prevention can immediately save lives. Let’s make sure that people are protecting themselves and checking themselves. We hope you will help educate your friends, family & community, and you may even see yourself on our socials. Ready? Let’s do this together! xo Avril
Here’s what to do:
The biennial Reaching The Last Mile (RLM) Forum, held in Abu Dhabi, convenes global health leaders to share insights and best practices on how to map out, eliminate & eradicate infectious diseases. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this year’s RLM Global Health Summit brought together more than 300 preeminent individuals from government, private sector, philanthropy & academia, to discuss reaching the last mile of disease elimination faster – including The Avril Lavigne Foundation. We were honored to participate alongside incredible organizations like The Clinton Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Hope, the WHO and more, and of course we brought along our partners from Global Lyme Alliance who joined us to educate the global health community about Lyme and other tick-borne/vector-borne diseases. During the Forum, we had the opportunity to hear from a number of prominent global health leaders, exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and participate in a Round Table focused on Climate Change and Global Health (chaired by the esteemed Dr. Anthony Costello.) Participants included the UAE’s Ministers of Climate Change and Health, Rt. Hon Helen Clark (former Prime Minister of New Zealand), Malaria No More, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and others. During the Forum, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and other philanthropic leaders from around the world pledged over $2.6 BILLION to eradicate Polio. The Forum was collaborative, educational and beyond inspiring. We are grateful to have been included in this prestigious event & thank our generous hosts, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and the Crown Prince Court. More Photos
To celebrate the announcement of the “Head Above Water Tour,” we’ve launched an auction at CharityStars.com/AvrilTour. To thank you for your support, all participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win a pair of Avril’s personal VIP seats for the show of your choice. Please bid to help us #FightLyme.
Thank you to singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera who hosted an online fundraiser for The Avril Lavigne Foundation which raised over $25,000!
See Avril talk about how writing #HeadAboveWater was influenced by her struggle with Lyme.
Thank you Billboard for supporting our #HeadAboveWater T-shirt Campaign.
Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called “Fly” for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics. The song will be released in advance of the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will take place July 25-August 2, 2015. More details about the song will be available soon.
In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundation’s support for Special Olympics, Avril launched a campaign for her 30th birthday, which raised funds to support 30 Special Olympics Athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
The athletes supported by the campaign will come from five different countries and will be announced in February. During her 2014 World Tour, Avril visited a local Special Olympics program in Shanghai to learn more about their programs, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.
International, award-winning musician and philanthropist Avril Lavigne debuted her song “Fly” to benefit Special Olympics today. The song is exclusively available today, April 16, on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/avrilflysingle) 100 days before the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will be the world’s largest sporting event in 2015, and will take place July 25-August 2 in Los Angeles. The inspiring music video for “Fly”, debuted today on ABC’s Good Morning America, featuring Avril Lavigne and Special Olympics athletes from around the world.