The humanitarian efforts of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah were recognised at the 2017 Fashion for Relief charity gala in France on 21 May, when she received an award for her work focusing on children caught in conflict.
Founded in 2005 by supermodel Naomi Campbell, Fashion for Relief was first established to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Since then the charitable organisation has raised funds and supported the combat against for humanitarian and environmental crises around the world.
This year’s gala included a fashion show and auction at the Cannes International Film Festival in support of the Every Last Child Campaign and Save the Children’s work both in Jordan and in areas of crisis around the world.
In a speech to the star-studded crowd of 500 guests, Her Majesty spoke about how Jordan is “on the front lines” of the Syrian refugee crisis with approximately 90% of refugees haven taken solace in host communities across Jordan, which has caused immense strain on Jordan’s public resources, social services and infrastructure.
The Queen expressed hope for the efforts of all those working to address the Syrian crisis when she said, “Amid tragedy and loss, we see passionate people working together to deliver solutions.” She continued, “The global community is fragile and prone to breakdown. But events like this one remind us of its strength…and in that, we can find beauty, too.”
Queen Rania later tweeted from her official Twitter account (@QueenRania) that she was “Humbled to receive a humanitarian award from Fashion for Relief, which is supporting Save the Children’s Every Last Child Campaign this year.”
The Every Last Child Campaign aims to ensure children around the world receive adequate healthcare and a quality education by supporting the development and improving the well-being of children displaced by global conflict, especially the refugee crisis.