I was perusing through the glossy pages of More Magazine when I first caught a glimpse of Kate Winslet wearing a stylish black bowler. The latest campaign comes from The Golden Hat Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of people living with autism around the world. Their latest campaign comes directly from the inspired academy award winning Winslet and the short poem of Keli Thorsteinsson, a young Icelandic boy living with autism.
(Image curtoesy of The Golden Hat Foundation.)
"The Golden Hat"
This boy had a golden hat.
The hat was magical. It could talk.
The boy did not have any voice. He had autism.
His hat was always with him.
His hat was lost one day.
Now he had no way of telling them his stories.
His mom and dad became sad.
They taught him spelling on a letterboard.
It was hard.
It was during Winslets involvement with the documentary made about Thorsteinsson and his mother entitled "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism" that the mother of two was inspired to help.
"After watching A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism with my daughter, she turned to me and asked, “What if I wasn’t able to talk to you mummy?” As I thought about what that meant, for a mother not to be able to talk with her own child, I realized that I had to lend my voice to raise awareness of this rapidly increasing disorder. As a mother of two, I thought, how could I not help tell this story of a mother’s journey to discover her son; a film full of courage and a determination to try to change the world for children with autism. I am incredibly proud to be involved on this journey to help give people with autism a voice. Together, with your support, we can reduce the impact of this debilitating disorder. Please help us by donating today."
Winslet's involvement has inspired the celebrity community to don on the Golden Derby just in time for World Autism Awareness Day, which falls on April 2nd 2012. "The Golden Hat: Talking back to Autism", Winslet's premiere project arrives on book shelves today, March 27th 2012. The book portrays intimate portraits of celebrities, sports figures, and other iconic public figures such as George Clooney, Oprah, Meryl Streep, Justin Timberlake, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julianne Moore, Conan O'Brien and more all 'tipping their hats' off for Autism outreach.