Prince Charles recently named singer Katy Perry as a British Asian Trust ambassador.
The 35-year-old artist was given the title during the trust’s annual royal dinner in London, England on Tuesday evening.
Perry attended the event alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, according to Yahoo News UK.
“My work as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador has taken me to many parts of the world and opened my eyes to the many vulnerabilities of children,” Perry said.
“India has long held a special place in my heart, and on my last visit, I was able to meet with the Prince of Wales and other leaders in Mumbai, and I was impressed by their strong plan – from on-ground initiatives to fundraising – that will aim to cut child trafficking in half,” the singer continued.
“That is why I am especially honored to be named an ambassador for the British Asian Trust’s Children’s Protection Fund, and to help shine my light on the work that the British Asian Trust will be doing in South Asia, and to be a part of finding solutions to child trafficking.”
“Children are vulnerable and innocent and have to be protected.”
The “California Girls” singer will be an ambassador to the trust’s Children’s Protection Fund for India, which will be a major part in tackling the trafficking of children.
“We’re delighted to announce Katy Perry as our newest ambassador and are looking forward to working with her on raising awareness of the work we carry out across South Asia,” chair of the British Asian Trust, Manoj Badale, said.
“Katy is a keen supporter of our work and her appointment marks another successful year for the British Asian Trust.”
Founded by Prince Charles and a group of British Asian business leaders in 2007, the organization works with different sectors throughout South Asia.
“We work with the South Asian diaspora, as well as businesses, government, foundations and civil society, to build programs that support vulnerable people in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” it says on its official website.
“The key focus areas of our work are: education, livelihoods, anti-trafficking and mental health.”
The trust supports 5.8 million children in India who are working in forced labor. Thousands of children are thought to be working in hazardous conditions.
Indian philanthropist Natasha Poonawalla also made a multi-million-pound pledge in support of the fund, Prince Charles announced.
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