Actress Toni Collette Joins Concern Worldwide as Global Ambassador

NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress and star of the Broadway play "The Realistic Joneses," Toni Collette, has joined the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide, as its first official Global Ambassador.

"I am deeply honored to join Concern as their first Global Ambassador," says Ms. Collette. "I know I am becoming part of a global team of men and women committed to transforming care and empathy into real, direct and effective action that creates lasting change in the lives of some of the world's poorest people."

As a Global Ambassador, Ms. Collette will work to shine a light on the challenges facing those impacted by poverty, war, conflict, and natural disaster. In this role, Ms. Collette will travel to Concern's program areas, which include 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Caribbean, to bring much-needed attention to the conditions of those living in extreme poverty and in emergency and conflict environments.

"We're so grateful that Toni has agreed to make Concern Worldwide her chosen cause because we know that she can have a transformative impact on our work," says Dr. Joseph Cahalan, CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S., the organization's affiliate headquartered in New York City.  "Toni has a rare ability to translate concern into action, having helped us reach countless new friends and donors as part of our Concern Gifts program in the last two years.  Now, as our ambassador, she can help us reach millions more and strengthen our effort to change the lives of the world's poorest people."

In 2012, Ms. Collette lent her celebrity to Concern's global campaign to fight malnutrition and hunger and later to a holiday appeal to make a difference to families across the world through gifts such as livestock, clean water, and health care. Together, the campaigns raised money that helped Concern fight poverty, hunger, and disease, and ultimately save lives.

Ms. Collette is currently starring alongside Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei on Broadway in "The Realistic Joneses," a play written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold. Her upcoming films include "Lucky Them" (May 2014), "The Long Way Down" (July 2014), "The Boxtralls" (September 2014), and "Glassland." She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in "The Sixth Sense" and won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series" for her performance in Showtime's hit series "The United States of Tara."

About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is an international, non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing extreme poverty, with approximately 3,000 personnel working in 25 of the world's poorest countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Concern Worldwide targets the root causes of extreme poverty through programs in health, education, livelihoods and microfinance, HIV and AIDS, and emergency response, directly reaching more than 6.5 million people. For more information, please visit concernusa.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

PRESS CONTACT:
Crystal Wells
Communications Officer
212.557.8000 (o)/617.913.0794 (m)
crystal.wells@concern.net

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