TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2019 /CNW/ – Legendary music producer David Foster, in Toronto last week to announce his first ever Canadian tour, took the opportunity to speak with national media about the David Foster Foundation, the cause he has supported for over 33 years. Foster, who will be named as Humanitarian of the Year at the 2019 Juno Awards, talked about serving the needs of families and the importance of establishing a permanent endowment for the fund. The David Foster Foundation, the only charity of its kind in Canada, has helped over 1,100 families at their time of greatest need.
“We are the only piece of good news in what is the worst day of any parent’s life,” said Foster. “We provide financial support for families so that can they support their children at an extremely difficult time.”
2019 has the potential to be a watershed year for the David Foster Foundation, as Foster embarks on a nationwide Canadian tour. “I am the biggest Canadian flag waver in the world,” he said. “I look forward to being on the road in Canadian cities and performing with an amazing group of artists. Everywhere we go we hope to raise awareness about the importance of registering for organ donation. Canada has the best doctors and great medical technology, but we still have a shortage of donors. Over 90% of Canadians support organ donation but only 20% have registered. It is important to keep the conversation going.”
On Saturday March 16th, Foster will be honoured as Humanitarian of the Year at this 2019 Juno Awards. When asked if it was still meaningful after numerous Grammy Awards, he was emphatic: “Yes! It is especially meaningful because the award is for my philanthropic work. It is a great motivator to keep working hard to ensure the David Foster Foundation reaches our endowment goal and that the work can continue after me.”