Children Mending Hearts, which provides educational and creative opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and around the world, staged its 7th annual fundraiser, “Empathy Rocks: A Day of Fun In the Sun and Giving Back” on Sunday, June 14th at a private estate in Malibu.Zendaya and Shay Mitchell attend Children Mending Hearts 7th Annual Fundraiser Presented By Material Girl And Michael StarsCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe highlight of the celebration was the tributes made to several individuals who exemplify the organization’s goals and values. Ambassador Nicole Avant received the Ambassador of Peace Award, actress Shay Mitchell was honored with the Global Citizen Award, the cast of MTV’s Teen Wolf received the Cast of Heroes Award, and recording artist Zendaya received the Empathy Rockstar Award.Founded in 2008 by Lysa Heslov, Children Mending Hearts empowers children worldwide to find and use their voices through creative expression through a variety of educational initiatives. The organization is focused on developing and funding educational and arts programs, giving children and teens the opportunity to develop empathy and global citizenry and directly engage them in global children’s causes. Through this, they ultimately realize their potential to affect change both in their own community and for children around the world.“Giving kids a global education and encouraging them to find their voices through creativity are essential tools for children to grow up with a sense of compassion and empathy for others,” said Heslov, on the organization’s continued efforts and the selection of its honorees. “It is today’s children who will be tomorrow’s leaders — and honoring individuals who further our initiatives are vital in helping us achieve our mission.”The honorees at this year’s fundraiser were recognized for their deep commitment and passion for social change, philanthropic contributions, and improving lives in our community and around the world. Steven Weber emceed the event with performances by children’s rock group, The Negotiators, and Ava Cardoso Smith, daughter of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith. The event also featured a live painting exhibition by renowned artist and Tokidoki co-founder, Simone Legno.Proceeds from the event will go towards providing educational programs teaching the importance of empathy and global citizenry to at-risk kids. The benefit is generously sponsored by Michael Stars, Material Girl, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sabra, Participant Media, The Saban Charitable Support Fund, Creative Artists Agency, Tasty Brand, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.To learn more about CMH and how to get involved, please click here.
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCree NDP MP Romeo Saganash has asked Canada’s auditor general to probe the millions of dollars Ottawa spends fighting Aboriginal rights and title cases.Saganash sent a letter to Auditor General Michael Ferguson requesting an operational audit of the expenditures to determine whether Ottawa is using taxpayer money wisely and efficiently battling First Nations over rights.“I am asking that your office conduct an investigation into the government’s policies and practices to oppose the status and rights of Aboriginal peoples and defend itself in the courts,” wrote Saganash in the June 12 dated letter. “Such adversarial actions serve to unjustly deplete Aboriginal peoples’ financial resources and do not promote reconciliation.”The federal Aboriginal Affairs department spent over $100 million between 2012 and 2013 on legal fees, according to federal government records. The department’s own internal risk assessment found that a lot of the litigation money has been spent on losing causes.“As (First Nations) become impatient with outcomes, they often move disputes into the courts in order to increase the pace of resolution. Courts increasingly rule that the federal government is not living up to the ‘Honour of the Crown’ obligations,” according to the department’s risk profile for 2011.Ottawa has also recently twice challenged the rulings of the Specific Claims Tribunal, which was created to settle outstanding historical claims that had reached a stalemate at the negotiating table.The Federal Court of Appeal handed a loss to Ottawa earlier this month on one of those challenges, upholding the tribunal’s ruling in favour of the Kitselas First Nation.Ottawa is also challenging a tribunal ruling that sided with the Williams Lake Indian Band.In the letter, Saganash said he’s requesting the audit because federal departments have failed to adequately respond to his requests for clarity the amount of money specifically spent battling rights and title cases.“The answers to these requests…have been lacking,” wrote Saganash. “With many departments stating that this information was not ‘readily available.’”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera
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