Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with singer Keri Hilson about her work with AIDS Walk New York.
Keri Hilson can't wait for AIDS Walk New York coming up on Sunday May 20th!
Keri Hilson released her Gold debut album “In A Perfect World…” in 2009 and ever since has been riding high on her success. The singer has scored critical notoriety winning Best New Artists awards and nominations from The Grammy’s, The American Music Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MOBO Awards and 2 Soul Train Awards. Her second studio album, No Boys Allowed, was released in 2010 and included the hit single, "Pretty Girl Rock". Adding to her list of impressive achivements, Hilson is embarking on her first AIDS Walk New York this month and wants to tell the world that every bit of help matters.
Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $122 million for HIV programs and services in and around the New York area. It is a landmark event and the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. In 2011 alone, 45,000 participants raised an incredible $6.2 million for over 50 New York, New Jersey and Connecticut AIDS service organizations and this year more than 45,000 people are expected to walk.
Join Keri at AIDS Walk New York and donate/register for the walk here: http://aidswalk.net/newyork
Interview Conducted Via E-Mail By Giacinta Pace
Q: How did you become involved with AIDS Walk?
Keri: I've been the MTV Staying Alive ambassador for the past year so far, so when they asked me to take part in the AIDS Walk New York on their team, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
Q: Among the thousands of charities out there, what was it about this one that made you want to work with it?
Keri: I truly admire the things that MTV Staying Alive and AIDS Walk New York has done. I have traveled the world to places such as Africa where I have seen the impact this epidemic has had on people all over globe. Although a lot of people think it's something we've gained control of, because it's not in the media every single day now, it is still a rampant disease that is growing ever year, so I wanted to help in some form or fashion to work towards educating people about it.
Q: What has been your most memorable experience working with AIDS charities?
Keri: I would have to say traveling to London and working at Body and Soul with children who lost their parents to the epidemic, or were either infected themselves. They are so courageous and it is inspiring for me and makes me even more appreciative of the blessings I have received.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about your first AIDS Walk?
Keri: I’m looking forward to everyone coming out and joining together. Seeing people come together for the support of such a great cause is very inspiring. There's still time for people to join as well as donate, so I encourage everyone to support any way that they can!
Q: Besides giving money, what can people do to help?
Keri: People can come out and walk with me Sunday May 20th and just support by helping out in the community centers around them. AIDS is no longer a death sentence and those who are infected and affected by AIDS can really use the support and comfort from others.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
Keri: I encourage everyone to find something they're passionate about, and to do it, especially young people. I've found that a lot of times people get discouraged by a lot of causes and with the inundation they get overwhelmed and do nothing. I just suggest that everyone out there, find that one thing they're passionate about, whether it be homelessness, the elderly, cancer, AIDS...something and go out there and support it. You'll quickly realize it's a lot easier to get involved than you think.