Saturday, April 23, 2016

Elton Praises Darren Walker, Supports Safe Kids Day

Born to a single mother in a charity hospital in Louisiana and raised in working-class East Texas, Darren Walker knows firsthand the power of dignity, inclusion, compassion and equal opportunity to change lives and uplift communities in crisis, from New Orleans to Detroit, where he helped broker the deal to rescue the city from bankruptcy. His life story gives us hope, and his life’s work is changing the language of philanthropy, from “them” and “they” to “us” and “we.”

Since being named president of the Ford Foundation, Darren has charted a radical goal for one of the world’s largest and most influential charitable organizations: conquering inequality. His leadership is authentic, and his focus on equality is nothing short of revolutionary, a clarion call for the world of philanthropy and an inspiration to those of us working for a more just and loving world.

- Elton John for Time

The official Safe Kids Day presented by Nationwide will take place this year on April 24, 2016. The worldwide event brings together celebrities, families and the community, to celebrate kids and raise awareness and funds to prevent childhood injuries through the life-saving programs of Safe Kids Worldwide.

For the event, numerous celebrities and athletes are joining the effort such as Mark Wahlberg, Gwen Stefani, Sir Elton John and more are being named “Celebrity Heroes” for Safe Kids Day 2016.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 25 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere.

- BSC Kids

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