In carrying out its Mission, RPCP is guided by the life, inspiration and activism of River Phoenix.
The Center honors his dedication and courageous contribution in the field of entertainment as well as to the well-being of the planet and all life that lives thereon. From an early age, he had the foresight to see and feel the connectedness of all life which led him to become a social justice, animal rights, environmental and peace activist. His approach was "solution-based" and RPCP is dedicated to following this path.
River......... You chose to speak out about injustice, the welfare of animals, human rights and the planet. You believed we all have a responsibility to each other. You believed speaking the truth carries no risk but silence in the face of things that matter has the potential to destroy us all. You believed in the truth inside each of us. You didn’t let ignorance, cruelty, bigotry, racism, sexism or the selfishness in our culture make you apathetic. You knew there was a choice. You chose to choose differently. You inspired a generation. Here’s to your timelessness as you continue to inspire for generations to come.
Rain and Joaquin Phoenix are on the Board Of Directors (US) for this Organisation.
"We have pioneered lunch programs in Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDCs) that offer pre-school care and education and in After-School homework assistance projects and learner skills development programs. Lunchbox Fund also provide breakfast to Educational Playgroups and offer supplemental breakfast and lunch programs in Government Primary and Secondary schools where the National School Nutrition Program is not provided."
Founded in 2010, Gift Horse Project's original purpose was to bring different artists together to collaborate on one of a kind concert experiences to benefit artist driven charities. The first show was held in Los Angeles, CA following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, with 100% of the proceeds going to BRAND AID Haiti. After the overwhelming response GHP quickly began to take shape and grow. By the end of 2010 GHP had performed concerts all over the world from Marfa, Texas to Paris, France. Each show featured a different group of artists and benefited a new charity. Gift Horse Project is drawn to and inspired by the concept of collaboration over competition, and well known artists helping emerging artists. In addition to bringing awareness to charities, GHP also aims to unify the artistic community. 2012 will see Gift Horse Project launch into a multi-platform artist collective while furthering our commitment to 'Artists Helping Artists'.
"I wrote Because I Said So as a children's book, hoping that children would hear this story from early on and not go through life missing out on their “selves”. I hope that as parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists read this book to their “kids” they too hear the message Libby has to say, because it is never to late to find your “self”. What I am most grateful for is the gift of realizing that my “self” has my back no matter what.
Because I Said So is the beginning of a series of books that will take the reader from adolescence to adulthood, with a constant reminder that you take your “self” with you no matter where you go, and your “self” has “your back” no matter what." - Libby Phoenix-Lord