Caught Caring: Planet Awesome Kid, Global Action for Children and Brooke Shields

04/01/2010 at 01:00 PM ET

Kids helping kids is always a welcome sight, and there was plenty of it to see at Milk Gallery in New York City last weekend. That’s where Planet Awesome Kid — with a theme of “think globally, celebrate locally” — treated guests to an afternoon of arts and crafts, yoga, break-dancing and more, all to benefit Global Action for Children (GAC).

Actress Brooke Shields was on hand with daughters Rowan Frances, 6 ½, and Grier Hammond, 4 this month, and tells Moms & Babies that although the girls “had so much fun” they remained ever mindful of why their presence was needed.

“The most important part of the event was how interested the girls were in learning about the good work that was being done, and the attention being shed on all the awesome kids,” Shields explains.

Awesome indeed! With a stated “dual mission” of documenting global kid street style while simultaneously helping those in need, Planet Awesome Kid hosts kid-centric fundraisers designed to encourage self-expression through art, fashion, dance and more.

Julia Chesky

GAC, for which Angelina Jolie serves as honorary chairperson, is just the latest benefactor of that effort. Acting as an advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children — with a focus on those who are orphaned, those living in absolute poverty, or those who are at risk of exploitation and abuse — GAC maintains a constant presence in Washington D.C.

Striving to “connect decisions makers in government to the real needs of a child on the ground,” GAC takes an independent, nonpartisan approach to its work.

“Instead of choosing sides, we opt for political unity because we know that changing a child’s future is not and cannot be a partisan issue if we are all to succeed,” GAC explains.

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kelsey on

What a beautiful little girl and a sweet picture of the two of them!

J.D. on

Rowan is such a beautiful little girl.

gianna on

brooke is right, both her girls are clones of their dad right down to the red hair and fair skin. brooke was one of the most gorgeous children ever. grier looks exactly like her dad and rowan for the most part does too.

Hea on

Brooke has aged a lot over the last five years. Still beautiful though and her daughter is too.

Chris on

Brooke looks a bit rough. Maybe she was tired that day. Her daughter is pretty.

Joann on

I could be her mother age wise but I have no wrinkles on my face. I guess being a star is a lot of work, stress etc but she still is beautiful.

Lorus on

Oy! Not a good photo of Brooke! Rowan has sure grown up a lot lately. She’s lost all her little girl looks and is looking so old now.

Daze on

That is the worse picture I’ve ever seen of Brooke. Someone caught her off guard. Her daughters do look like their Dad.

BostonMom on

For those who commented on the way Brooke looks in this photo…First, in the photo her face is smooshed close to her daughter’s, making it appear more wrinkled. Second, this photo was not airbrushed, as ALL magazine covers and photos are. Brooke is a natural beauty and is aging gracefully and normally…thank God she does not have tons of botox and collagen lips like so many of her age-mates in Hollywood who would rather lose all expression in their face than see a wrinkle.

marlee on

Brooke’s baby Grier was born the same day as my son Asher (and also Suri Cruise!)

Ash on

Can I just say that I think Brooke looks gorgeous? I want to thank her for having a wrinkle or two! She looks real and I love that. What a lovely picture of both of them!