Breakout Brampton, Ontario pop star Alessia Cara showed how far she was willing to go to visit fans when she dropped in at the Sydney Children's Hospital in Sydney, Australia during a recent promotional visit Down Under in early March.
In a Facebook video posted March 16 by Optus, Australia's biggest mobile communications company, cameras follow Cara as she meets young patients, performs her songs "Scars To Your Beautiful" and "How Far I"ll Go," and doles out a healthy number of hugs to both patients and parents she encounters.
"I don't know if you guys are huggers. I'm a hugger," says Cara, before being shown on the video going in for a second round of hugs.
The Sydney Children's Hospital and its related network of fellow health service agencies serve an estimated 51,00 inpatients, 92,000 emergency department visits and over a million outpatient visits each year.
The companion Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation was established in 1986 and has provided more than $100 million in fundraising support for patients and their families over the last three decades. Some of the things the foundation does is raise money for new equipment and staff training, support art, music and play programs, fund clinical research, and put money towards physical renovations and refurbishments.
There may be more visits to adoring fans in Cara's future. The singer's music, including the hit singles "Here," "Wild Things," "Scars To Your Beautiful" and "How Far I’ll Go" from her debut album Know It All, is currently among the most popular on various music streaming services.
Her popularity is likely to grow even larger in the coming weeks as Cara is nominated in four categories (JUNO Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year,Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year) at the upcoming Juno Awards being held April 2 in Ottawa, Ontario.
"Thank you Sydney Children's Hospital for having me," says Cara at the end of the video. "Thank you everyone for being so awesome. I got to meet some really cool kids and a girl names Eloise got to even play me a song which is amazing, so great day. Thank you."
Watch Alessia Cara at Sydney Australia Children's Hospital.