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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
Hey Everyone! This year for my birthday, I am asking you to join the "Team Rockstar" campaign by creating a fundraising page and inviting your friends and family to donate. By creating a findraising page you will be supporting my Foundation's partnership with Special Olympics and sponsoring athletes' participation in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The top fundraiser is going to win dinner with me, and 2nd through 10th place are also going to win amazing prizes including phone calls, google hangouts, signed and worn converse from me, and more! Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. They empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. My goal is to help support 30 athletes at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games games for my 30th Birthday. I challenge you all to rally, start teams and compete to help make a difference. We have some fun surprises planned along the way so I'm looking forward to seeing the results! Every dollar counts, thank you for your support and for making my birthday wishes come true. Visit [url=http://www.crowdrise.com/avril]www.crowdrise.com/avril to get started! -Avril
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.