Miley Cyrus may have won the biggest award of the night at the MTV Video Music Awards — Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” — but this year instead of twerking with Robin Thicke she used the global platform for good. To the surprise of everyone, including the producers of the Award’s show, she sent her good friend Jesse from My Friend’s Place in Los Angeles who spoke about the issue of homeless and runaway youth in America, “who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now.”
Miley, who watched his speech with tears in her eyes from her seat, called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Monday morning to talk more about what inspired her to take her moment in the spotlight to highlight this issue:
“First of all, I have to thank all my fans because they put put me on to the highest platform I could have been on and given me and Jesse the biggest voice we could have,” she explains. “The reason it was so important at the VMAs is because it’s for young people. Jesse is my same age and that’s what this show is for. I think people need to see this … at least, I know I did after last year … to remember what matters.”
She explains more about how she came to be so involved in the charity on the fund-raising site she has set up,where the prize winner wins a VIP trip to Rio to see her in concert:
‘Just a few miles from where I live in Los Angeles, there are young people living on the street who come to this city with big dreams just like all of us. There are an estimated 4,000 homeless youth living in LA and more than 1 million youth living on the street, in abandoned buildings, with friends or strangers. I’m starting this campaign not only to bring awareness to this issue, but also to raise funds to end youth homelessness.’
To contribute to My Friend’s Place – and win a trip to RIO to see Miley! – just click here.