We all know the story of Princess Diana and how she tragically lost her life in a car crash, leaving behind her husband, Prince Charles, and her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. We remember the mourning throughout the world, and I personally remember receiving a royal purple Beanie Baby, named Diana, in her honor. Yes, we know the tragic story, but Princess Diana also left behind a legacy suitable to her name, beauty and royal grace, a legacy of charity and good deeds that are remembered even better than the fatal accident.
A mother herself, it is not surprise that the princess was dedicated to saving children, particularly those children who were sick, disadvantaged, or mentally and physically challenged. One of her favorite charities was the British non-profit Caudwell Children, whose mission is to cultivate donations for enhancing the lives and health of children with special needs. They put the donations to work by helping families pay for their child’s medical expenses, finding and using new medical treatments and therapy for the children, particularly those living with autism, and granting dying wish dreams to terminal children. Princess Di was also an avid supporter of Britain’s leading charity fighting against the most common form of childhood cancer in the UK, leukemia. Children With Leukaemia has been helping children affected with the cancer, and their families, for over 22 years. Aside from campaigning on behalf of the children, they also support and fund research into new cures and treatments for the disease as well as helping the families paying for the treatments through welfare programs.
As much as the princess was invested in her own country, she was just as passionate about helping anyone living in peril in the rest of the world. She was famously invested in helping those afflicted with HIV or AIDS and helping to prevent further infections, especially in high risk zones. To help her cause, she supported the National AIDS Trust, a large non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about the disease and infections, educating those people living in high risk zones about safer living, researching new cures and helping to deliver aid to those suffering from the disease who would otherwise be unable to receive treatment. Princess Diana seemed to make it her own personal mission to help those in critical need, most especially when those people could not find it on their own. She was an avid supporter Centrepoint, a UK-based charity dedicated to emergency services to at risk, socially excluded and homeless youths by creating emergency night shelters, short stay hostels and apartments for homeless, young families. It also provided families the opportunity to invite the young homeless into their homes to ensure them safety, food and more importantly, love and support.
Even though her charity work was impressive on its own, Princess Di left a string of her own charities that still continue operating to today in her honor. The Diana Awards have been rewarding young people who make impressive and selfless contributions to their schools. Since 1999, the award has been given to 22,000 youths; those who receive the award are also given more opportunities to advance in society so that they might make an even larger difference as active members of society. After her death, there were also other charities established in her memory. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund is dedicated to continuing the late princess’s work by giving grants to those charities and organizations aimed at supporting and building up those people who have been forgotten, the downtrodden and the weak and lifting them up to reach their full potential. The People’s Princess Charitable Foundation also works to further the work of Princess Diana by supporting charities that give to those suffering from AIDS and HIV, other educational programs supported by the princess and all charities dedicated to saving underprivileged and sick youth as well as reducing weapon reduction and the safe removal of landmines.
Truly the people’s princess, Diana’s legacy lives on even in her absence. Her charity work was unmatched as was her beauty and kindness and we can’t anticipate an end to her influence for a long, long time. Come back next week to find out who is using their icon status for the betterment of the world and all the things in it.