01/15/2012 07:46 EST | Updated 03/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Gene Simmons Of KISS Helps Open Child-Protection Centre In B.C.

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SURREY, B.C. - Kiss rocker Gene Simmons has lent his celebrity to help open a facility near Vancouver that will help children facing abuse.

Sophie's Place in Surrey will bring together child welfare staff, police, counsellors and medical professionals to help children 12 and under who are victims of mental, physical and sexual abuse.

The facility is named after Simmons' daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, who advocated for such a centre after meeting with Surrey's mayor.

Gene Simmons and his daughter were both on hand Sunday for an event at the centre, which is expected to officially open next month.

Tweed-Simmons says it's important to her that children have a place where adults will take them seriously and where they can talk about what's happened to them in a safe environment.