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Fans Raise $35,000 For Charity During Virtual Meghan Markle Baby Shower

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.

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.”

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.

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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.

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