Nicole Scherzinger rose to fame in her girl group The Pussycat Dolls, and now she wants to use her talents to give back. She’s inspired by her aunt, who has Down syndrome, and wants to set up a music camp for disabled people.
Nicole, 31, told Los Angeles’ Talk Radio station: “I grew up with my aunt who is actually younger than me because my grandmother had her at an older age and she has Down syndrome. She has always had a special place in my heart and is such a wonderful addition to our family. I used to tell my girls in the Pussycat Dolls that I would have my own musical camp or school where I would teach people with special disabilities or Down syndrome.”
Nicole, who is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars, hopes her camp will raise awareness of people with Down syndrome. Nicole’s boyfriend, Formula 1 racing champion Lewis Hamilton, has also been inspired by a disabled family member.
Lewis’ brother Nicolas suffers from Cerebral Palsy and in his autobiography, My Story, Lewis wrote: “I only have to think of one person to keep me motivated and put a smile on my face, my brother Nicolas. I often try to imagine myself in Nic’s position. I don’t think I would be anywhere near as strong as him. There’s so much to admire in him. So, whatever I am doing, I say to myself, ‘If you think it’s hard to do this, then think again.’ ”
Lewis has his own charity, the Lewis Hamilton Foundation, which focuses on improving the lives of children and young people in ill health or poverty across the world.