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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Petra Nemcova explains reason for joining ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Petra Nemcova, left, performs with her partner Dmitry Chaplin on "Dancing with the Stars.” (Adam Larkey - AP)
Petra Nemcova, who was voted off “Dancing With the Stars”last night, explained her noble purpose for being on the ABC show to “Good Morning America.” The supermodel told George Stephanopoulos she was on the show “to raise awareness about children who are forgotten after natural disasters.”

“So now there’s the next chapter for me: rebuilding schools,” she said.

The 31-year-old was injured and her fiance was tragically killed during the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. She founded the Happy Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit “dedicated to improving children’s lives through educational and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas,” in 2005, and honored the victims of the tsunami with a waltz. “Everything was so special,” she said of the dance. “And the story was really about raising up from sadness to strength and at the same time raising other children up.”

Read the TV Column’s “DWTS” recap here.

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