Sunday, August 17, 2008

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden

The photo shows pregnant Nicole Richie and her boyfriend Joel Madden wearing matching red and black outfits going apartment hunting on New York's west side (08-16-2007, New York City, NY)

As if to clean up her image, Nicole Richie launched the official launch of her children's charity, Richie Madden Children's Foundation, founded by her with rocker boyfriend Joel Madden. The couple started it as they prepared for the birth of their daughter, Harlow, in January. They are asking friends to make donations to the charity instead of giving gifts to their baby daughter. Nicole, who underwent a jail term for 96 hours for drunken driving, is keen to help struggling mothers in providing for their children.

Here is what Richie Madden Children's Foundation website declares as the purpose of the couple’s charity, “While providing direct assistance to those in need, its broader mission is to raise awareness of systemic issues such as health care, education and human rights as they impact disadvantaged children in the U.S. and worldwide”.

A source tells the New York Daily News, "She's hired some pretty high-powered consultants to advise her and put it all together. The web site will be a registry, like for a bridal or shower registry, where low-income women list things they need for their babies. More well-off people will then go on and buy stuff for the children." However her publicist or manager did not return calls to discuss the website.

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