Shania Twain Getting Ready for a Royal Interview
Next up for Shania Twain: interviewing a queen!
Today, Shania will guest host on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 'The Current' radio show, and interview Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. The topic of discussion will be the Jordanian queen's global charity for underprivileged youth, 1GOAL. The queen's charity is seeking to reach out to the 72 million children worldwide who do not have access to education.
Shania, who grew up poor in a family of five children, can relate to the pain of poverty. And it is her passionate desire to open new doors of opportunity for talented boys and girls through a charity she just started, 'Shania Kids Can.' Along with her radio interview, the country superstar will also be visiting an inner-city Toronto school to perform for students from underprivileged backgrounds.
"It's an endless chain of trying to get by ... and living in a world of haves, when you were a have-not," Shania tells CBC News. "You were humiliated by the fact you went to school and your clothes weren't clean, or you didn't have lunch.
"We went in and out of different phases, and I'm sure that's what's happening to many families. My dad had a job from time to time, and we could shop for groceries every week, but sometimes we'd go for a month without shopping."
Though she grew up poor in Timmins, Ontario -- washing clothes by hand, and having the heat turned off because her parents had to choose which bill they could afford to pay, heat or electricity -- Shania never felt troubled or neglected as a child. In fact, she has nothing but warm, loving memories of her childhood. And she wants most desperately to give hope to those children who have fallen through the cracks of life, into the bleak and hopeless world of the 'have-nots.'
"(Growing up poor) taught me to be resilient, to be patient, that life has its ups and downs. I don't regret it -- it made me strong. But I don't want anyone else to have to go through it," she says. "I've reached a point I never imagined, and luck played a big role in that ... and it's a shame if we leave luck to do it."
Shania plans on visiting schools to stay closely involved with her 'Shania Kids Can' charity, which will give underprivileged children the opportunity to play music or take lessons that their parents could not otherwise afford to give them.