Katy Perry, woman of heart
One of the best-selling music artists of all time, UN Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry has put her commitment to improving the lives of children into action since assuming her role in 2013.
On May 16, 2009, Katy Perry sang Hot N Cold for the opening of the annual Life Ball ceremony in Vienna, Austria to support the fight against AIDS.
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She created a t-shirt for H&M, with 10% of the profits going to the association Fights Against Aids.
She also presented a mini-concert in May 2009 in Japan for the occasion, in an H&M store. After the Fukushima disaster, the singer put on sale during the California Dream Tour of light tubes whose profits are entirely donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
For her birthday on October 25, 2012, she asks her fans via Twitter to make a donation to the David-Lynch Foundation to offer Transcendental Meditation, which she has been practicing since 2010, to victims of post-traumatic stress.
On November 5, 2015 at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Katy Perry participated in a David-Lynch Foundation benefit concert titled Change Starts from Within that offers Transcendental Meditation to combat stress. She shares the stage with Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Angelique Kidjo, and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. Katy Perry says, “I started meditating about five years ago, and it has changed my life.” She encouraged her team to practice Transcendental Meditation during her 2014 tour and told the crowd, “It changed the way I look at things and it changed my attitude. You know when you’re having a crappy day and everything seems to be going wrong? Then I retreat for twenty minutes [of meditation] and then I’m back.”
On April 11, 2019, she receives an honorary award at the 10th annual DVF Awards for her work with UNICEF and her fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community
On September 10, 2020, she was honored with the Gracies Impact Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) at the 45th Gracies Awards ceremony.
According to the British Asian Trust India Foundation, Katy donated approximately 26 million Indian rupees (or $3.5 million). This amount will be used to purchase oxygen supplies in India. The singer also helped raise over $1.8 million in a fundraising campaign.
The U.S.-born artist has traveled extensively to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable, raise awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts and use her voice to advocate for children around the world.
“UNICEF strives to ensure that every child, whether urban or rural, rich or poor, has the opportunity to thrive, grow and contribute to their families and communities – as well as have the opportunity to shape the world we live in,” according to the superstar. Also a social media luminary, who was the first to surpass 100 million followers on Twitter, she announced the birth of her child with UNICEF ambassador Orlando Bloom last year via UNICEF’s Instagram account, encouraging donations to the agency to ensure that every mother and newborn receives the care they need.