Baby Sussex is due any day now. In the meantime, fans of the royal couple are celebrating the baby’s impending arrival with impromptu showers. First, Meghan Markle flew to New York to celebrate with friends. Then, her mom, Doria Ragland, reportedly traveled to the UK to join Meghan for an intimate shower.
Now, fans are celebrating online, throwing virtual showers for Baby Sussex and raising money for Meghan and Harry’s favorite charities. Last week, fans raised more than $35,000 on Mothering Sunday, aka Mother’s Day in the UK, for the Duchess’ official patronages, sharing the hashtag #GlobalSussexBabyShower on social media.
Among the charities that benefited from the virtual baby shower were Mayhew, a London-based animal welfare charity that works to improve the life of dogs and cats at home and abroad. Among its 2018 achievements, the charity rehomed 98 dogs and 380 cats, reunited 67 dogs with their owners, neutered 12,158 cats and dogs overseas and vaccinated 32,431 dogs against rabies.
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Repost of @sussexroyal: “What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️ “
A spokesperson for Mayhew said, “We're incredibly touched by the generosity of everyone who joined the #GlobalSussexBabyShower this weekend! Thank you to everyone who donated and showed their support, you are amazing!”
Also, WellChild, a national UK charity that helps children and young people with serious health conditions to be cared for at home instead of the hospital, received donations through the #GlobalSussexBabyShower campaign. Last year, 2,154 children, young people, and families were supported by a WellChild nurse at home.
Colin Dyer, WellChild chief executive, said, “We have been surprised and delighted by the donations from supporters of #GlobalSussexBabyShower. It’s great that an online outpouring of goodwill can lead to practical help for children with serious illness and their families.”
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WOW! The #GlobalSussexBabyShower campaign kicked off with a bang! We are absolutely blown away by your enthusiasm and generosity. 😍TOGETHER we are the Campaign for Female Education, supporting many more marginalized girls in rural Africa to go to school, succeed, and grow up to turn the tide of poverty in their families and communities. Your donation goes beyond the school gates and helps young women access the training and resources that they need to become financially independent leaders in their communities. #support #charity #donations #girlseducation #education #success #independence #empower #empowerment
And, Camfed, an international non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1993, which works to eradicate poverty in Africa by educating girls and empowering young women, was aided from the Baby Sussex fundraiser. For the past 25 years, Camfed, through innovative education programs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, and Malawi, has helped more than 2.6 million students attend primary and secondary school, and more than 5 million children benefit from an improved learning environment.
Camfed thanked Meghan and Harry’s fans on Twitter for their generosity, stating that the funds raised through #GlobalSussexBabyShower were “enough to support 83 girls in Africa to continue their high school education for another year.”
Despite all the negative backlash social media receives at times, it’s good to know that something as simple as the birth of a baby can generate such goodwill.