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Camila Cabello matches $250k charity donations towards mental wellness of frontline activists

Camila Cabello is using her platform for good by teaming with a charity to launch a new mental wellness project supporting frontline activists.

The Havana singer has announced the Healing Justice Project in collaboration with the Movement Voter Fund, which aims to provide frontline activists with access to mental wellness support.

Putting her money where her mouth is, Camila donated the seed money to get the project off the ground and has matched all donations which so far total $250,000 (£182,000). The singer has also pledged to continue donating and raising funds for future grant rounds.

Sharing her motivation for getting involved, the Cinderella actress told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple of years, and especially this past year home during the pandemic, in constant reflection, learning and exploring the ways I have contributed to systems and beliefs that actively oppress others.

‘I’ve realised there’s so much more I can and must do to support others who are doing the work to heal our communities…’

She added: ‘Grassroots organisers are faced with the exhaustion, emotional burden and trauma that comes with fighting against inequitable systems.

‘Our hope is to offer access to the necessary support they may need as they continue their critical work advocating for social justice.’

Camila, 23, was also spurred on to take action after having conversations with California surgeon general Nadine Burke about ‘toxic stress’, the prolonged activation of the body’s stress response systems, and the toll it takes on a person.

The former Fifth Harmony star also spoke to activists including Latinx Racial Equity project founder Ana Perez, as well as Jerry Tello, founder of the racial equity group National Compadres Network, about racial reconciliation.

Camila worked with the Movement Voter Fund to select the 10 groups who will be the recipients of the first round of grants.

These include Black Leaders Organizing Communities, Muslim Women For, QLatinx and Mass Liberation Arizona.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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