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Norwalk 10-Year-Old To Light Empire State Building To Honor Girls Worldwide

Kate Papadatos of Norwalk Save the Children
Kate Papadatos of Norwalk Save the Children Photo Credit: Save the Children

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Kate Papadatos, a 10-year-old girl from Norwalk, will get the thrill of a lifetime when she joins actress Dakota Fanning and Fairfield-based Save the Children in lighting the Empire State Building "red" to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.

Marked globally by the United Nations, the International Day of the Girl on Tuesday, Oct. 11, is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential.

Kate is in sixth grade at Sacred Heart Greenwich. She received a "sponsorship" as a Christmas gift a couple years ago, and the following year, asked for another one. A sponsorship from Save the Children provides a child somewhere in the world with essential aid and education. Kate sponsors one girl in Ethiopia and another girl in Uganda. She loves exchanging letters and drawings with kids across the world, and learning about their daily lives there.

“I am so honored to join these young girls and Save the Children in celebrating International Day of the Girl,” said Fanning, known for her roles in “I Am Sam,” “The Runaways,” “The Twilight Saga” and the upcoming “American Pastoral.”

“As a child sponsor and artist ambassador, I am a passionate advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children, and girls in particular are at risk of being left behind. New York holds a special place in my heart, and there’s really no better way to honor girls and bring attention to the obstacles they face worldwide than by lighting up one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.”

Worldwide, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world.

On Oct. 11, the Empire State Building will light up beginning at sunset to recognize girls and the unique challenges they face globally.

Kate and Fanning will be joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president and CEO, fellow girl sponsors from the tri-state area and a sponsored girl from South Carolina.

"Save the Children is committed to making a difference for every last girl,” said Miles. "Throughout the world, girls face higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination. On the ladder of opportunity, girls are often left behind on the bottom rung. That’s why today – and every day – Save the Children is shining a light on girls.

"We are thrilled to celebrate International Day of the Girl with the help of Dakota Fanning, some of our powerful girl supporters and the Empire State Building. Together, we’ll do whatever it takes to empower the world’s girls so they can grow up healthy, educated and safe.”

Save the Children works in 120 countries around the world to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

Click here to join Kate Papadatos and Dakota Fanning as a child sponsor for Save The Children.

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