Actress and philanthropist, Eva Longoria and latin star and UNICEF ambassador, Ricky Martin both co-chaired the 5th annual Global Gift Gala in London. The philanthropic platform was created by both founders of Global Gift Foundation, Maria Bravo and Alina Peralta. An initiative celebrated in several parts of the world, Paris, Cannes, Marbella, London, Mexico and Dubai in support of local and international foundations.The evening was supported by luxury watch manufacturer Frederique Constant Geneve.
Attendees of the evening included; international fashion designer and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN’S UNAIDS campaign, Victoria Beckham, who was awarded the Global Gift Philanthropeneur Award for her dedication towards charitable work through her success as an Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.
The evening raised over a staggering £300,000, which will go onto benefit The Eva Longoria Foundation – helping women and children in the Latino community through education and entrepreneurship; the Ricky Martin Foundation, whose mission is to stop human trafficking in minors; and The Global Gift Foundation which supports vulnerable women and children across the globe. In particular this year The Global Gift Foundation will be helping the city of Malaga, declared by UNICEF just last week the poorest city in Europe, where hundreds of children are starving daily.
During the past 5 five years, the Global Gift Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to 10 fiscally responsible foundations. These funds have been used to change the lives of hundreds of children and families, being used over a broad range of projects helping causes such as, cancer treatment for children in the UK, emergency aid to the Philippines, life changing operations for disabled children in the UK and other European Countries, microloans for women in need of help, and many more.
Eva Longoria said: ‘I would like to thank everyone for their generous donations tonight; we raised an impressive amount of money that will go on to support the important work our foundations do. It was also a great pleasure to present my dear friend Victoria Beckham with the Global Gift Philanthropeneur Award for her exceptional charitable work’.
Victoria Beckham said: ‘It has been a great honour to be recognised for my charitable work this evening and particularly to support my good friend Eva. The work she carries out with her foundations is truly admirable and I am delighted the evening raised an astounding amount for such worthy causes’.
Peter Stas said: ‘We are proud to support Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, and Ricky Martin. Their passion for charitable work is commendable and impressive. Their foundations will improve the well being of many under privileged children. Frederique Constant is happy to be able to help to make a difference.’
Frederique Constant partnership kicked off in London, where the Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin Foundations were beneficiaries of the Global Gift Foundation through this Global Gift Gala event.
About Eva Longoria
The Eva Longoria Foundation helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. These projects include teaching parents how to help their children succeed in school and giving microloans to low-income Latina entrepreneurs to help them grow or start their businesses. Your donation also contributed to the Foundation’s research about what factors can lead to more Latinas graduating high school and attending college. The Eva Longoria Foundation continues to give money to Latina Women in the form of microloans. With funds raised at the Global Gift Gala, the foundation will be able to provide 20-25 microloans for Latinas to be able to start up their own companies.
About Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham works with the UN as ambassador for the UNAIDS campaign. She participates in the Born Free initiative, which tackles the issue of HIV being transmitted from mothers to their children. HIV-positive mothers can pass on HIV to their babies during pregnancy, child labour, delivery or by breast-feeding. The risk of transmission can be significantly reduced if they get access to HIV prevention and treatment services. ‘I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this. I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something. I am mother and I am a woman.’
About Ricky Martin
The Ricky Martin Foundation advocates for the well being of children around the world in areas such as education, health and social justice by condemning human trafficking and creating awareness. The Ricky Martin Foundation opened a centre in Puerto Rico as a refuge for children who have been subjected to abuse, providing them with a future and more importantly an education. Ricky Martin has sold over 85 million albums, and has had 95 platinum records, six #1Billboard albums, 11 Number 1 hit songs, 2 American Music Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 8 World Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 8 MTV Music Video Awards, with concerts in more than 60 countries across the globe.
About Frederique Constant
Founded in 1988 by entrepreneurs Aletta and Peter Stas and driven by passion, Frederique Constant has grown into one of the larger Swiss watch manufacturers. Production reached over 130’000 watches, sold in over 2’800 points of sale in 100+ countries around the globe. Frederique Constant positions itself in the Accessible Luxury segment, with most of its watches selling at CHF 1’000-5’000 retail. As a growing, global enterprise, it has long been the belief at Frederique Constant that “what society gives, should be returned.” The company has done this through the organization and sponsorship of major charity events across the planet. For every watch sold from the Ladies Heart Beat Collection, anywhere in the world, $50 is donated to various charities.
More information on http://foundation.frederique-constant.com