This month, award winning pop/rock singer Avril Lavigne announced her newest project: The Avril Lavigne Foundation. Inspired by children and youth with disabilities that overcame difficult circumstances and live life to the fullest despite them, Lavigne created this organization so that she can support children with disabilities and serious illnesses.
“When I learned that over 9 million kids in the United States have a special health care need, I decided that I wanted to do whatever I could to bring some fun and joy and inspiration into their lives,” she said on the main page of the website, www.theavrillavignefoundation.org.
The Avril Lavigne Foundation’ mission statement revolves around the clever acronym, ROCKS, which stands for Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength. Lavigne incorporated each of these into its mission, which includes “respecting the needs of children and youth, no matter their circumstances, creating opportunities for children and youth with serious illnesses or disabilities to follow their dreams, offering choices so they have many options in life, providing knowledge about what is possible to them and their families through new program ideas, and giving kids and their family strength to face their daily challenges.
To live up to this mission, The Avril Lavigne Foundation has teamed up with Easter Seals, a disability services organization annually serving over a million children and adults living with disabilities and special needs, according to their description on the website, to fund recreational programs. Along with this partnership, the foundation will also work with the Make a Wish Foundation and the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.
“They want what we all want: the chance to pursue their dreams, and to believe that anything in life is possible,” Lavigne said in the recent news section of the foundation’s website, “I hope The Avril Lavigne Foundation is able to provide support.”