From the moment we met Toni two years ago, we saw her deep compassion for the world’s poorest, as well as her drive to do something, and she’s been actively supporting our work ever since. By announcing her appointment as Global Ambassador today, we are just making our long-term partnership official, and all of us at Concern could not be more thrilled.
Toni tells us that she is "deeply honored to join Concern as their first Global Ambassador. 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 our global ambassador, Toni will work to shine a light on the challenges facing those impacted by poverty, war, conflict, and natural disaster. She will travel to our 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.
Our CEO, Dr. Joseph Cahalan, captures the collective spirit across the organization: “Toni has a rare ability to translate concern into action, having helped us reach countless new friends and donors as 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. We’re so grateful.”
In 2012, Toni 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.
Toni’s accomplishments are diverse and remarkable. She 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.”
Toni is bringing to Concern the same passion and commitment she’s always brought to her work. She says: "I’ve committed to keep working with Concern because I know they’ll do whatever it takes – not only in the areas of hunger and health, but also emergency response, clean water, sustainable livelihoods, education, and HIV and AIDS. Over 45 years, they have developed a formula for change, and I am excited and humbled to be a part of it."
We’re so humbled as well…and excited! Stay tuned for more on our work together…