How wonderful that this gift for his friend will keep giving joy and inspiration to kids in need everywhere.”– Bonnie Raitt
When his friend Erik was ill with cancer, 6-year-old Skyler Pia wanted to cheer him up. So he did what most kids his age only dream about: he went into his dad's studio and, off the top of his head, hosted a radio show. Skyler's charming world music show features international songs from five Putumayo Kids CDs and information about the artists and cultures.
Skyler’s parents were so proud of his work that they shared his recording with everyone they knew, including Bonnie Raitt, a longtime fan of Putumayo World Music. She suggested that they send the show to Putumayo founder Dan Storper, who loved it so much he decided to release it as a specially-priced ($5.98) CD. The result is One World, One Kid, a benefit CD with all of Putumayo’s proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Skyler picked the Make-A-Wish Foundation because they had helped his friend Erik and he wanted to make sure others benefited as well.
“Music makes people feel good,” says Skyler, “and I wanted to help my friend. Now, other kids will be able to enjoy these songs, and kids who are very ill will feel better, too.”
For his part, Storper sees a bright future ahead for Skyler. “He’s a natural DJ and an amazing kid. But he’s like so many other young people today who enjoy hearing interesting international music and learning more about the world. One World, One Kid truly embodies the spirit of Putumayo Kids.”
Putumayo Kids, a division of Putumayo World Music, is committed to introducing children to other cultures through fun, upbeat international music. Since the 1999 release of World Playground, it has become one of the premiere children’s music labels in the world. There are currently eight CDs in the series, including the October 2005 release French Playground, and two multicultural activity kits used in thousands of elementary school classrooms. Putumayo plans to release three other children’s CDs during 2006, including Reggae Playground on January 24th.
Putumayo will be donating 100 percent of its proceeds (at least $2 US per CD and a minimum of $50,000) to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 72 chapters in the US and its territories and affiliates covering more than 30 countries on five continents.
“Sklyer showed care and concern for his friend by entertaining him with lively, joyful world music,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “Now we are all able to share in Skyler’s spirit of giving with this CD. We are honored that Skyler chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the beneficiary, and we thank Putumayo for fulfilling his wish to help other kids feel better through music.”
For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, please visit www.wish.org, and for more information about Make-A-Wish Foundation International, visit www.worldwish.org. One World, One Kid and other Putumayo CDs are available from thousands of children’s, record and other retail outlets, as well as online at www.putumayo.com.