Live broadcast from the Ullstein Hall at the Axel Springer building in Berlin scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2011, starting at 8:15 p.m. on ZDF television
Charlene, Princess of Monaco, has been invited by the well known charity program “Ein Herz für Kinder” (“A Heart for Children”) to be star-guest of the major television fundraising gala to be broadcast live on ZDF on Saturday, December 17, 2011, starting at 8:15 p.m. from the Ullstein Hall at the AxelSpringer Building in Berlin. Princess Charlene kindly accepted the invitation and agreed to travel to Berlin. It will be her first visit to the German capital since her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco last July.
Even before her wedding, Princess Charlene was committed to helping the disadvantaged through sports and education. As a young athlete, she trained scores of disadvantaged children and helped inspire and comfort them. The former Olympic swimmer from South Africa often volunteered her time and status to raise significant funds in support of several construction and training projects. Princess Charlene is ambassador and member of the International Board of Directors of the Special Olympics, thelargest international sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She now is establishing her own Foundation called “Princess Charlene Foundation” to assist children and women in need around the world. Together with her husband, Princess Charlene also supports a wide variety of charitable organizations.
Prominent international guests of the “Ein Herz für Kinder” TV gala in the past years included Jane Fonda, Prince Harry, George Clooney and Salma Hayek. Thomas Gottschalk, Germany’s most famous TV personality, will host the event for the eleventh time.
The help organisation „BILD hilft e.V – Ein Herz für Kinder“ started collecting funds 1978 and has since taken in 170 million euros in donations. It supports children and institutions in Germany, in Europe and around the world. The organisation aims to help quickly and without bureaucracy when children are in need. For instance, by working together closely with renowned clinics the non-profit organisation makes sure that children who can’t get life-saving medical attention in their own country will receive life-saving treatment and therapies in Germany. It also steps in when children need help in war zones or duringnatural disasters. “Ein Herz für Kinder” primarily helps in Germany. The BILD-help organisation supports soup kitchens, paediatric clinics, kindergardens, schools, as well as sports and educational projects. What ismost important: every donated cent is 100 percent passed on to projects helping children.
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