December 4th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Gotham Magazine has an article written by Toni Collette on her support of Concern Worldwide: In 2012, Concern Worldwide asked me to do a PSA. The group focuses on reducing poverty in the world’s poorest countries as well as those impacted by natural disasters and war. (As I write this, the group is in Syria, Somalia, and South Sudan.) I’d recently had my second child, and the message about nutrition for children really got to me. Having kids puts things in perspective. You start to prioritize and realize that we are all connected. The more research I did on Concern—the lives it has made better and the people it has empowered—the more I wanted to know. I was intrigued, and I agreed. Just before the holidays that year I did another PSA for Concern, urging people to honor friends and family by buying “gifts”—a chicken, a goat, a water pump—for people who don’t have basic essentials. Last January, the organization offered me the role of Global Ambassador. I balked at first, since it’s a huge responsibility and I was busy preparing for the Broadway production of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. But from my research and experience, I knew how effective Concern was at implementing real and lasting change. It has what one of the founders of Concern calls “a fire in [its] belly” to make a difference—I said yes. I wanted to bring as much attention to the organization and its work as possible. The complete article can be read here.




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