April 2022 Archives

How To Donate Directly to Ukraine From Canada

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and since then we have been watching on our screens the horror and unimaginable suffering of a full-blown war. We are far away from those who are helping Ukrainians flee armed conflict and we want to help, but don't know the best way how. One way is to give money directly to The Ukrainian Red Cross. They are on the frontline of this war, helping people inside the country by aiding evacuations, mobilizing volunteers, collecting blood, and providing shelter, food and basic necessities. They have trained thousands of volunteers who, often at their own personal risk under the shelling, deliver humanitarian aid to help the injured, evacuees and those left behind in hotspots. Donating directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross ensures your support gets right into Ukraine. Keep in mind you won't get a tax receipt as this isn't a Canadian registered charity. But for those wanting to know their money is going straight to where it is needed as quickly as possible, this is a way to do that.

The Ukrainian Red Cross is providing aid for animals suffering in this war as well, delivering pet food to shelters.

You can donate from outside Ukraine by clicking here. Rosie.

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Vivier Pharma at Elton John's AIDS Foundation 30th Annual Oscars Viewing Party

The 30th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party took place on Sunday, March 27, in West Hollywood Park, LA. I was thrilled to attend with Vivier Pharma, a Canadian skin care company honoured to support EJAF for a second year in a row. The party was hosted by Lady Gaga, Billy Porter and Eric McCormack, alongside the chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, David Furnish.

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The star-studded gala featured a stunning performance by Brandi Carlile and raised $8.6 million for the Foundation's lifesaving work to end AIDS. Elton John and David Furnish's sons Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John (Lady Gaga's godsons) were also in attendance. A friend of David Furnish and a long time supporter of the Elton John AIDS foundation, I have a strong connection to the work that the foundation does as my beloved Auntie Valerie passed away from AIDS contracted through a blood transfusion.

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It was very important to me to dress for this special event as my authentic self, so I chose a beautiful Dsquared silk tuxedo with a custom NARCES half ball gown. The custom outfit allowed me to play with masculinity and femininity, not in drag, but as myself. My diamonds were generously provided by Maison Birks and my glowing skin is of course made possible by the incredible line of Vivier skin care products.

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Congratulations Vivier Pharma on your incredible philanthropy work worldwide, and specifically the life changing support you give to The Elton John Aids Foundation. The funds help frontline partners to prevent infections, fight stigma and provide treatment with love, compassion and dignity for the most vulnerable groups affected by HIV around the world. For more information about the incredible work this organization does, and to support them in their goal to end AIDS by 2030, visit the EJAF official website.

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Check out my exclusive interview in Los Angeles with Mike and Steve Vivier - Presidents of Vivier Pharma. JP xo

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