By Tracy Cabrera
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — To celebrate her daughter Dahlia’s birthday, Pinay actress and United Nations International Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) goodwill ambassador Anne Curtis-Smith organized a fundraiser for children’s health and nutrition.
To date, the initiative has raised more than P1. 8 million from donations targeted for Filipino children now suffering from malnutrition, and lately, since the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic that has kept medical front liners busy in giving care to Covid-19 patients, the lack of proper health care.
Curtis-Smith expressed deep gratitude to those who had the heart to donate for the welfare of children around the globe, stressing that their donations would help in achieving their goal of uplifting the lives of billions of children worldwide.
In a social media post on Twitter, the actress enthused: “Thank you to everyone that donated and made Dahlia’s 1st birthday extra meaningful and special! Blue heart We want nothing more than for all children to have the best start in life! Thank you for joining us in helping Filipino children.”
She said that the impact of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic has gravely affected the livelihood of many families and this, in turn, has adversely disrupted the normal conditions that are experienced by children before the health crisis, especially with regards to nutrition and education.
“Many kids today suffer malnutrition resulting from the lack of food caused by the recession brought about by the economic downturn triggered by the pandemic,” Curtis-Smith described the sad situation.
“It is important that we address this through initiatives that will assuage their hardships. We have to realize that our children in a way are in reality symbolically shows to us our future—the future of humankind,” she pointed out. (AI/MTVN)