CCFC’s Bonnetta settles into West Coast gig
Community Rise ambassador moves to L.A. to co-host @TheBuzzer on FOX Sports
The world of digital media is in a constant state of flux. Ask Rachel Bonnetta, online personality and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) ambassador, who just moved from New York City to Los Angeles, thanks to a new job opportunity. After a wildly successful year with Major League Soccer, Bonnetta traded the big city for sunshine as the new co-host of FOX Sports’ daily online sports show @TheBuzzer. In addition to her new gig, the 25-year-old from Orono, Ont. will continue to volunteer with CCFC to promote our monthly giving program, Community Rise, which supports water, education and health projects. We caught up with Bonnetta during her first few days on the new job:
CCFC: How do you feel about your move to L.A.?
Rachel Bonnetta: Moving to N.Y.C. was something I always wanted to do. I even wrote a makeshift contract when I was 11 or 12 that says: “I, Rachel Bonnetta will move to N.Y.C. by the time I’m 21,” and I signed it! Although moving to N.Y.C. was a huge accomplishment, L.A. has always been my endgame. I knew I wanted to be on the West Coast full-time — I mean, who doesn’t love the ocean?
CCFC: Tell us about your new show, @TheBuzzer.
RB: @TheBuzzer is so awesome. It’s really great to be working with the team at FOX Sports. They’re so creative, and they work so hard. It’s always fun to be working alongside people that want to make cool stuff.
CCFC: What’s a typical day in the life of Rachel Bonnetta?
RB: Sports. Sports. Social media and more sports. Sometimes cookies. A typical day is waking up and going for a run. When I get to work, I get a coffee, and I start reading about everything that’s happened since the last time I checked Twitter or Facebook, which was probably only five minutes prior. In this role, I always have to stay up to date with everything. Before, it was easy, because my focus was just Major League Soccer, but now it’s a whole new ball game. There’s lots to learn. I’m excited about what’s ahead.
CCFC: We’re happy you’re still making time for CCFC.
RB: I have been looking to use my voice for good for a few years now. I grew up with CCFC; I saw the commercials every day on TV. I knew you were doing incredible work, so I was in, 100 percent, right away. In December, our trip to Ghana, Africa changed my life. When we visited many small communities, there were always signs, saying “this well” or “this clinic” was provided by “XYZ;” nine times out of 10, it was CCFC. Proof of CCFC’s work was everywhere. So if I needed any more encouragement to join forces, it was seeing how involved the organization truly is. It makes me very proud to be an ambassador.
CCFC: How do you share your passion about the cause?
RB: I speak to a younger generation and encourage them to help. We are our future. We decide how the world goes [based on] our actions and decisions. We should do as much good as we can. We grow up with such privilege in Canada. We get to go to school, have free health care, clean water, the list goes on. Many kids don’t have that. We can make a change, we just have to take the first step and the rest will follow. The smallest difference is still a difference. We have to remember that.
CCFC: How can we learn more?
RB: Follow me @rachelbonnetta and @TheBuzzerOnFOX.