NELLY FURTADO, 2016 RECIPIENT OF ALLAN SLAIGHT
HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT AWARD,
DONATES $10,000 TO UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND
TORONTO (Friday, May 6) — Unison Benevolent Fund applauds Nelly Furtado, the recipient of the 2016 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. This award, bestowed each year to an inspirational Canadian artist, is in recognition of her contributions to social activism and support of humanitarian causes. Nelly Furtado accepted the award last night at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, part of Canadian Music Week 2016.
“It is incredible that the Unison Benevolent Fund exists” says Nelly Furtado, “and provides support to our diverse musical community here in Canada. I'm so happy that through the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, I can contribute to it. I believe that Canadian musicians feel a deep sense of goodwill and warmth towards each other, and Unison speaks to that.”
The Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, created by Slaight Family Foundation in 2011, donates $30,000 to charitable organizations chosen by the winner. Nelly has generously gifted $10,000 to the Unison Benevolent Fund, to support Canadian music industry professionals in times of personal or health crisis, and allow them to pursue their work with confidence; and $20,000 to Free The Children, to support projects in rural Kenya that Nelly has been a passionate and generous advocate for since her first trip to the all-girls school in Narok County in 2011.
“We’re deeply honoured that Nelly has included Unison in this award.” said Catharine Saxberg, Chair of Unison Benevolent Fund Board of Directors. “She is a truly inspirational Canadian, who has dedicated herself and her music to raising others up, and empowering them to pursue their dreams. Her donation to Unison will allow us to do the same, and lift up members of the Canadian music industry whose lives and dreams are derailed by crisis or illness.”
The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, or economic difficulties.
ABOUT ALLAN SLAIGHT
A pioneer of rock and roll radio, Allan parlayed his entrepreneurial flair with his knowledge of radio to create Canada’s largest privately owned multi-media company, Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited. An inductee into the Broadcast Hall of Fame (1997), the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Ryerson Polytechnic University (2000), appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2001), the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (2005) for his contribution to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, Allan has also maintained a life long interest in conjuring.
ABOUT FREE THE CHILDREN
Free The Children is an international charity that partners with communities to help lift them out of poverty using a holistic, sustainable five-pillar development model. The organization is unique among Canadian charities in that it operates collaborative programs both domestically and internationally.