BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET SHOWS HER CHILDREN THE POWER OF FUNDRAISING
Posted On Apr 20, 2017
Brooke Burke-Charvet was Master of Ceremonies at the 2017 World of Children Hero Awards last night in Los Angeles. “My children are attending with me and I am able to sit down with them and say ‘see what happens when you sell lemonade, or believe in something or are touched by someone in another country,” said the actress and CEO of Modern Mom. “For them to understand and actually get involved and make a difference globally is so powerful – they are the next generation and our future.” One of the recipients last night was Arwa Damon, CNN correspondent and co-founder of INARA, who was accepting the 2017 World of Children Crisis Award. “INARA is still a young company and yet, when it comes to funding, our average surgery cost is about $4000 – that’s all it costs to change a war wounded child’s life so the money from this award ($60,000) goes a long way,” she said. “When you change a child’s life in such a drastic way, you are changing their defining moment of being one that is about violence and evil to one of kindness and compassion.” Her special guest that evening was burn victim Youssif, who she helped get medical treatment in America after reporting his story in Baghdad. Youssif was five years old when masked men approached him outside his home, poured gasoline over him and set him on fire. “Arwa means everything to me and my family and I think without her help, I would not be in this great place,” he said. “She left a mark on our family’s hearts that will never go away. I was five years old when CNN first did my story and then my family and I flew to Ottawa (Canada). I would have been an entirely different person if I stayed in Iraq and not got the medical help I received here (in America). People have been so kind and generous to me and my family.” Dr. Peter Grossman and his team, of the Sherman Oaks Grossman Burn Center in California, volunteered to perform the surgeries for free. Since 2007, Youssif has undergone fifteen surgeries, some with complications but the long term effects of the surgery were highly successful. “The family really reminded me that there is this kindness and compassion out there and together we truly can make a difference,” added Damon. “I know we are all here tonight because we fundamentally believe that we will not let the failure of our global leaders to allow humanity to fail.” Now in its 20th year of service to children, the World of Children has recognized, funded and elevated 113 of the most amazing child advocates in the world. We applaud their work.