By Jack Riewe
In support of the Special Olympic World Games, set to take place in Los Angeles July 26-August 2, multiplatinum artist and philanthropist Avril Lavigne has announced she has written the song “Fly.” The track will help her raise money for her charity The Avril Lavigne Foundation and includes lyrics meant to empower those with special needs. The song, which Lavigne wrote with help of her husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, is slated to be released in advance of the Special Olympics games this summer.
Lavigne recently launched the Team Rockstar campaign for her 30th birthday to raise funds for 30 athletes from five different countries who will be competing in the upcoming games. She is asking her fans to create a fundraising page where they’re encouraged to invite family and friends to donate to support her cause. The winner will be treated to a dinner with Lavigne and she’s even offering prizes all the way up to 10th place.
The Avril Lavigne Foundation was founded in 2010 and works with other charitable organizations such as the Special Olympics, Easter Seals, Make-A-Wish-Foundation and The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis to raise awareness and mobilize support for children with severe illnesses and disabilities.
The Special Olympics World Games has an anticipated 500,000 spectators and is said to be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event in the world and the biggest event in Los Angeles since the Olympic Games in 1984. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Hosts along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown.
Check out Lavigne’s message to fans encouraging them to support the Special Olympics for her 30th birthday.