Virgin's Richard Branson writes of Cory Monteith's charity work

Dec 19 2017, 7:57 am

News and shock over Vancouverite Cory Monteith’s death is still making its ripples around the world and on the internet. This includes a letter from Virgin founder and billionaire Richard Branson who took to his own blog in remembrance of Monteith’s work to end youth homelessness.

From the blog of Virgin’s Richard Branson:

Cory Monteith was a beautiful soul. His awareness of his own struggles led him to reach out to young people all over the world with deep compassion and empathy to help them through their struggles.

He was deeply committed to ending youth homelessness. We’ll never forget watching him on the streets in Canada working with homeless teenagers and with organisations like Foyer in the UK, inspiring and giving a lifeline of hope to young people who were overwhelmed that he took the time to walk beside them to listen and share his own story. We wanted to share some of the voices of the young people whose lives he touched in the video below:

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It is with with deep sadness that we join with others to thank Cory for all he did to make a difference in other young people’s lives.  We applaud his work to end youth homelessness and call upon all of us to continue this work to ensure that millions of young people no longer live on the streets.

Specifically for homeless youth, Cory wanted other youth to have the chance to discover their strengths and potential through the arts. Here is a sweet, current video showing Cory at Project Limelight, which he started with Virgin Mobile in May 2012.

We mourn the loss of a lovely human being with a big heart who moved mountains to make the world a better place. All of our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

With love, Richard, Jean Oelwang & the Virgin Unite team and Andrew Bridge & the Virgin Mobile team in Canada.

By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group


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Images: Richard Branson, Virgin Group