Mission, Music, Money: A CNN Heroes Tribute

Slide29The CNN Heroes awards show is everything a fundraising event should be and more: inspiring missions, inspired musicians and money raised for more good works! Although many tried, ten worthy missions had access to a star-studded stage with a global audience. This year CNN had more than 10,000 submissions from more than 100 countries.

Kid Rock sings Care live on the CNN Heroes 2011.

Thanks to the vision of someone very wise (and I would love to know the back story on the creation of this event), everyday heroes from around the world are honored and financially supported as a result of the CNN Heroes program and their generous viewers. To date, more than $6 million has been raised for the various CNN Heroes over the last five years. During the live ceremony held Sunday, December 11, 2011, inspirational songs performed live by Kid Rock and Miley Cyrus paid tribute to ten amazing everyday-heroes.

     Host Anderson Cooper announced American-born Robin Lim as the 2011 CNN Hero. After losing her younger sister and niece from pregnancy complications, Lim went from being a grieving sister to a midwife crusader in order to help save other mothers and their babies. Lim and her husband sold their home in Hawaii and moved to Indonesia where today she provides free prenatal and birthing services to low-income women in Bali and Aceh. Since 2003, Lim’s clinics have provided medical assistance to thousands of women.
     Each of the worthy top ten honorees received a $50,000 grant and national exposure toward even more support. Robin Lim’s foundation was awarded an additional $250,000.

Miley Cyrus sings: “It’s all about the climb!” at CNN Heroes 2011 event.

-Nancy Patterson

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