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Proceeds From Updated Edition Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them To Go To Charity

Jan 06, 2017 12:30 pm
Scholastic Corporation, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will publish an updated edition of the bestselling and collectible companion book to the Harry Potter books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a new foreword by JK Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander, and a new cover by Headcase Design on March 14, 2017.

Scholastic To Publish Updated Edition of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
Scholastic To Publish Updated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

The book will be published simultaneously with Bloomsbury UK and the Pottermore eBook edition.

Originally published fifteen years ago, now this book has been revisited by the author to bring the original classic up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The book served as the inspiration for the Warner Bros. major motion picture of the same name which marked J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut. Scholastic published the screenplay on November 18, 2016, and the book went to the top of bestseller lists nationwide.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.

Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Introducing six new beasts, readers will have fun spotting them among the much-loved favorites. J.K. Rowling’s new introduction, written from the viewpoint of Newt Scamander, offers tantalising hints about the Magizoologist’s adventures and relationships. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Scholastic will also release a re-packaged edition of the Hogwarts Library Box Set which includes the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with a new case by Headcase design.

Since 2001, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have raised nearly £20 million for Comic Relief- a magic amount of money that is already hard at work changing lives. Money raised through the sale of this new edition will be invested in children and young people around the world, preparing them to be ready for the future – to be safe healthy, educated and empowered. They are particularly interested in helping those children who start their lives in the most difficult circumstances, where there is conflict, violence, neglect or abuse.

Lumos is an international non-profit organisation founded by J.K. Rowling to help the estimated eight million disadvantaged children in orphanages around the world to be returned to their family or placed in a loving family environment.


Cristiano Ronaldo Sends Message Of Hope To Syrian Children

Jan 06, 2017 10:30 am

Cristiano Ronaldo: Profile

As the crisis in Syria continues to deteriorate, 2016’s best football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, recently offered the children of Syria a message of hope.

Ronaldo, a Save the Children Global Artist Ambassador since 2013, told them that amidst a war entering its sixth year they are the “true heroes,” and has made a generous donation to provide immediate life-saving relief to children and families in Syria.

The donation will help Save the Children provide much-needed food, clothing, emergency medical care and psychosocial support to vulnerable children and families who have been living for years under siege and under constant bombardment.

Ronaldo shared his special message to Syrian children in a video posted on his social media channels. “This is for the children of Syria. We know that you have been suffering a lot. I am a very famous player – but you are the true heroes. Don’t lose your hope. The world is with you. We care about you. I am with you,” said Ronaldo.

To view the message, click here.

“With our partners in Syria, we have been helping children in Aleppo and are supporting the thousands of families who have now fled their homes. Our partners are distributing food baskets and emergency supplies, and are providing medical assistance in the areas where people leaving Aleppo are arriving to, often with nothing but the clothes on their backs. And we run dozens of health centers and schools in the region. After some of the most intense violence and brutal siege we have seen in Syria’s conflict, families urgently need our help,” said Nick Finney, Save the Children’s North-West Syria Country Director.

“Cristiano Ronaldo’s generous donation will help us to support children from Aleppo and across Syria, who have suffered things children should never have to live through. We are tremendously grateful for his life-changing support. Ronaldo is not only one of the world’s most iconic sports figures, but he also has become a beacon of hope for millions of boys and girls worldwide – and hope is something that Syria’s children need now more than ever.”

Ronaldo has been using his voice and visibility since the Syrian conflict started to help keep the focus on children front and center, including sharinga photo of a 5-year-old Syrian refugee boy on his social channels this past March who was helped through Save the Children’s kindergarten programs.

The football star is encouraging his fans and more than 250 million social media followers to join him by sharing their own messages of hope to Syrian children on social media, using #Syria.


SAG Awards 2017 Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Auction

Jan 06, 2017 08:00 am

Screen Actors Guild Foundation: Profile

The SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Auction, the second in a trio of online auctions benefitting the {charity:Screen Actors Guild Foundation|SAGAFTRA Foundation], is currently underway at sagawards.org/auction.

Film and television fans have the chance to bid on over 100 bleacher seats, from which they can watch their favorite stars walk the SAG Awards Red Carpet and have the opportunity to take pictures and request autographs. Special VIP positioning includes front row seats across from the platforms for E’s Live from the Red Carpet, and SAG-AFTRA’s official interviews, as well as across from the international fashion photographers and cameras. The auction closes Sunday, January 8 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT).

Proceeds from the SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seats Auction support the SAGAFTRA Foundation’s signature children’s literacy programs: Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) and BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) where professional actors read to more than 8 million children in classrooms and online every month. The auction also supports the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund, Emergency Assistance and Scholarship Program for SAGAFTRA members and their families.

The final auction in the annual series of online fundraisers is the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, scheduled to begin on Friday, January 27 and run through February 6. Featured items donated by this year’s nominees and presenters will include autographed scripts, posters, wardrobe and props. Opportunities to visit sets will also be offered, as well as experiential packages from studios, sponsors and entertainment media outlets.


Reed For Hope Foundation Launches 2017 Women’s Health Campaign

Jan 06, 2017 06:30 am

MC Lyte: Profile

The Reed for Hope Foundation (RFHF) launches its 2017 women’s health campaign with a Facebook Live virtual workout this Saturday, January 7, at the 1Hotel in Miami Beach.

To participate in the workout like the RFHF page to see the workout here. The event is held as part of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation W.E.A.L.T.H. experience, workout sessions will be lead by celebrity healthy living coach AJ Johnson, choreographer/actress Brandee Evans and actress/model Eva Marcille with “The AJ Zone” and “Hip Hop in Heels” sessions streaming live from 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. ET at the 1Hotel. For more information go to LoveHealthy.org and www.wealthexperience.info.

The event is held with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and will feature Love Healthy personalized blue tooth headphones for participants in Miami through the Silent Revolution event technology. As the foundation continues to push for more innovative health solutions, this session will feature a cool new technology, called “Silent Revolution”, that provides Love Healthy personalized blue tooth headphones to each work out participant on-site. The Miami “Love Healthy Lounge and Wellness Pavilion” continues the successful events that have been held during the BET Experience in Los Angeles, as well as in Cleveland, OH and Atlanta, GA.

“In our efforts to heal the world, there’s no better place to begin than where life itself begins. Our WOMEN,” said Robi Reed, Reed for Hope Foundation founder. “I want to start this year, 2017, off with people of all colors, genders, races, political affiliations and ages united and focused on the health of our women. WE heal. Our WORLD heals.”

The classes are part of the RFHF Miami “Love Healthy Lounge and Wellness Pavilion” (LHLWP) at the W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience, with the “Health Is Wealth” initiative targeting health and wellness for women in 2017. MC Lyte, Faith Evans, Erica Campbell and Kelly Price are just some of the leading motivational speakers and entertainment personalities appearing at the event. The Miami initiative serves as the kickoff for the RFHF’s 30-Day Women’s Health & Empowerment Program, bringing new life and energy to the New Year.

Reed for Hope Foundation President & Award winning Film/TV Casting Director Robi Reed; Iconic Hip Hop Artist MC Lyte; GRAMMY winning singer Faith Evans; GRAMMY nominated artist Kelly Price; International Entrepreneur Tai Beauchamp; President & CEO of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation Lynn Richardson; Entrepreneur Dr. Davis; Acclaimed Pastor Wanda Turner; GRAMMY nominated artist Nicci Gilbert; GRAMMY winning Gospel Artist Erica Campbell; Actress Eva Marcille (Young and the Restless, America’s Next Top Model), Actress AJ Johnson (House Party, Baby Boy); Actress/Choreographer Brandee Evans (Pitbull, Ledisi, NBA Players Awards) with special guests to be announced.

SATURDAY, January 7: 8:15-9:45 A.M.
Northeast Terrace, 1HOTEL, 2341 Collins ave., Miami Beach, FL
www.lovehealthy.org for live stream links to RFHF Snapchat, Facebook Live, and Periscope.

For more details on the sessions, go to www.lovehealthy.org and use the events tab.

Spotlight: Denzel Washington’s Charity Work

Jan 06, 2017 06:00 am

Denzel Washington

Denzel has spent time visiting wounded soldiers at Fisher Houses, hospitals which provide housing for injured soldiers’ families at little or no cost, and made a large donation to the Fisher House Foundation.

Spokesperson for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America.

Honorary Chairperson for Save Africa’s Children.

Read more about Denzel Washington’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Ante Up For Africa’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 06, 2017 05:00 am
A poker tournament organized by Don Cheadle and Annie Duke aimed at raising money and public awareness for the crisis in Darfur.

Participants in this celebrity-studded poker match are asked to contribute half of their tournament winnings to the ENOUGH Project and the International Rescue Committee, organizations whose goals include raising public awareness and providing aid to the survivors of Darfur.

Celebrity supporters

Ante Up For Africa has 31 known supporters, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon

Areas of work

Read more about Ante Up For Africa’s work and celebrity supporters.

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