It took Molly two years to make her dream a reality, but in that very short time, her cause has been joined by a group of supportive people who share her vision. “I knew that I could do this if I concentrated on my strengths and found people with skills in areas that I don’t have,” Molly explains. “If I could partner with those people, then we had the chance to do something amazing and make it work. My challenge was: could I find those people?” The answer was definitely ‘yes’ – but what surprised Molly even more is that she keeps finding amazing people who want to support what she is doing, including the Global Angels Team that are helping her realise her vision.

Molly and her husband John had been involved in international charity work for more than 25 years. Also having set up her own business and life-coaching company for business and music industry people, she was well placed to connect charity and music to create a dynamic opportunity to do something global to help vulnerable children. “When I saw the tremendous number of children on the earth that were suffering – and the numbers keep increasing exponentially because of HIV/AIDS – I wanted to do something that would significantly help them. I wanted to do it in a way that the public could easily connect with, to help children in a way that would be fun.”

THE 100% PROMISE

At the same time, in an increasingly cynical world, Molly wanted to assure those who donate to her cause that their money goes directly where kids need it most. “I came up with the idea of the Global Angels 100% Promise,” she explains. “Every pound or dollar we receive in donation from the public goes directly to a project on the ground, helping kids.”

Global Angels administration costs are covered by corporate sponsors, including their central London office. “They are Corporate Angels,” she says of the contributing companies. “We have the most amazing Corporate Angels that support us with sponsorships, in-kind donations, expertise, consultancy, venues and cash donations. Their support not only helps us build the work of Global Angels around the world, but it also helps us keep our promise that all donations from the public go directly to children’s projects.”

By partnering with outstanding projects that are already working successfully with children in countries around the world,when god sends a cardinal Global Angels has a vast resource base of projects to promote to those wanting to give money where it has the most impact to empower and transform children’s lives. “Charities can’t approach us directly for support,” she explains. “What we have is an International Advisory Board that is comprised of highly- skilled experts from the businesses and humanitarian and charity world. They thoroughly research and vet best practice projects from around the world and recommend which ones we should support.”

CLOSE SCRUTINY

What are the criteria? “We like to support organisations that are self-sustaining, that have a proven track record of long-term integrity, and they must be financially accountable,” says Molly.

“It is also very important that they really understand the needs of children. By working with long-term strategies for developing and empowering the children and youth in their care, the children themselves have the potential to become agents of transformation in the nation in which they live – and this helps break the cycle of poverty in a nation. We keep the organisations under close scrutiny to ensure that they are actually doing what they say they are doing.”

STAR ANGELS

Molly’s children, Natasha and Daniel, are big stars on the international music scene. Natasha has had a number one single in America, a number one UK debut album, and has moved over 6.5 million units worldwide. Island Def Jam and Polydor artist Daniel had four number one hits globally, including Gotta Get Thru This and If You’re Not the One, which he also wrote. Molly has used her connections with the music and sports industries to raise the profile of Global Angels, planning some very exciting televised music events to raise funds children’s projects.

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