Archive for the Charities Category

Heidi Klum Loses Her Pants But ‘Stands Up 2 Cancer’

Heidi says 'Auf Wiedersehen' to Cancer

Stand Up to Cancer has released a new promo photo for their organization that features supermodel and reality TV star Heidi Klum modeling a Stand Up to Cancer sweat-jacket … and nothing else. In an effort to raise awareness for the cancer organization, Heidi dropped trou for the campaign … and she looks pretty good in the process. Check out her promo photo below. More »

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Demi Moore Makes Her Way To Nepal On A Charity Mission

Anything Angelina Jolie Can Do ...

Earlier this week we saw photos from Angelina Jolie‘s visit to Tunisia on behalf of the United Nations in her role as Goodwill Ambassador and today we get to see new photos of fellow actress Demi Moore‘s visit to Nepal for a charity mission of her own. While Angelina was doing refugee work in Tunisia, Demi was working a sex trafficking documentary for CNN. Check out deets and photos from Demi‘s trip below. More »

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Prince Harry Embarks On His ‘Walking With The Wounded’ Trek

Go North, Young Man

Last weekend we learned that Prince Harry is embarking on a trek to the North Pole this week with the Walking with the Wounded organization in an effort to raise funds and awareness for British military personnel injured in the line of duty. Today we get to see photos and video from day one of Prince Harry‘s trek North. At one point, Harry decided to go for an icy dip in the water … it’s video you have to see to believe. More »

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Madonna’s Plans To Build A School In Malawi Crash And Burn

Plans For The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls Collapse

In October of 2009, Madonna made her way to Malawi to break ground on the site where the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls was meant to be built. She returned to the site in April of last year to ceremonially lay the foundation of the school, which was meant to open this year. Today we learn that the Academy will NOT open this year because the board of directors for Raising Malawi has been ousted due to financial mismanagement. More »

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Prince Donates $1.5 Million To NYC Schools

What A Prince

After completing a short residency of concert performances on his Welcome 2 America Tour, Prince has decided to donate $1.5 million to 3 arts-oriented NYC schools. The Harlem Children’s Zone, Uptown Dance Academy and the American Ballet Theatre are the lucky organizations that will benefit from Prince‘s generosity. More »

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Celebs Celebrate Xmas 2010 By Feeding The Hungry

The Reason for the Season

Celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alyssa Milano, Kate Linder (from The Young and the Restless) and Brandy joined a group of volunteers along with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus yesterday to serve hot meals and pass out gifts to the less fortunate people of Los Angeles at the LA Mission. As you may recall, some of these same celeb volunteered at Thanksgiving to deliver meals to the homeless last month … and that same giving spirit inspired them to give of their time again for Xmas this weekend. More »

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Prince Harry Receives The Golden Heart Award In Germany

Prince William and Kate Middleton attend their first official event as newlyengageds

Prince Harry of Wales made his way to Berlin, Germany this weekend to be honored with the Golden Heart Award for all of the charitable work he has done in his young life. Harry was presented with his award during the country’s largest televised event, a show called A Heart for Children. Here are a few photos of Harry being honored by German First Lady Bettina Wulff last night: More »

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Stephen Moyer & Alexander Skarsgård Wage ‘The Battle Of The Fang’ 2010

Shirt tales

Earlier this year, True Blood co-stars Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård were great sports and participated in a TB fan-driven charity event called The Battle of the Fang and, as I understand it, helped raise thousands of dollars for each actor’s favorite charity. The team able to raise the most money thruout the challenge won the right to have both Stephen and Alexander wear t-shirts designed by the winning team. Here are supercute photos of Moyer and Skarsgård modeling the winning t-shirt designs and a bit of info about the contest itself:

Since True Blood has decided to amp up season 3, we’ve decided to amp up the Team Eric vs. Team Bill rivalry. Instead of wasting your breath in a heated, “My vamp is better than your vamp”, debate, put your money where your mouth is honey. Join us as we battle! It’s the Viking Lovers against Bill’s Wick’d Women, in a Looziana Grudge Match charity throw down! We have some items coming up for the fund raiser that you’ll love but that’s not the best part … Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård have both agreed to wear a T-shirt designed by the winning actor and their team – and be photographed wearing it! Therefore, if you don’t want to see your beloved Eric Northman (Alexander) walking around in a Moyer’s Muffin T-shirt then join in the fun! Let’s put Steve in a Mrs. Skarsgård T-shirt! Both actors are good friends in real life. They demonstrate their good hearts and their sense of humor participating in this contest that is aimed to include any fan site, organization, or single fan who wants to work to benefit these two great causes.

SUPPORT ALEXANDER’S AND STEPHEN’S CHOSEN CHARITIES

Stephen Moyer is truly saddened by the devastation going on in the Gulf of Mexico due to the BP oil spill, so he would like to reach out and help Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, which have been so damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The mission of the Gulf Relief Foundation is to provide relief to the fishing community of the Gulf Coast and their families, and to address the long-term challenge of restoring and protecting America’s Coast wetlands. For more information visit www.gulfaid.org.

Alexander Skarsgård would like to see the fund raising in his honor go to SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that focuses on family-based, long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. At SOS Children’s Villages and SOS Youth Facilities they experience reliable relationships and love once again, meaning that they can recover from what they have experienced, which has often been traumatic. They grow up in a stable family environment, and are supported individually until they become independent young adults. We will be working with the SOS Swedish branch (Alexander’s native country) to fund a Children’s Village in Bovary, Ukraine.

Not only am I impressed by the ability of a network of fan websites to organize a contest like this but I am also impressed by the willingness of these actors to play along and participate. And how much did fans raise to get these guys to model these t-shirts? Team Bill raised $35,043 while Team Eric raised $34,223. Congrats to the winners for their hard work and kudos all around for finding a very fun way to raise much needed funds for two important charities. Aren’t these photos great?

[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]

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World AIDS Day 2010

Universal Access and Human Rights

Every December 1, the world collectively works together to raise AIDS awareness by commemorating the day as World AIDS Day in an effort to raise money for AIDS treatment and research. The theme of World AIDS Day 2010 is Universal Access and Human Rights:

The theme for World AIDS Day 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognising these as fundamental human rights. Valuable progress has been made in increasing access to HIV and AIDS services, yet greater commitment is needed around the world if the goal of universal access is to be achieved. Millions of people continue to be infected with HIV every year. In low- and middle-income countries, less than half of those in need of antiretroviral therapy are receiving it, and too many do not have access to adequate care services. The protection of human rights is fundamental to combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. Violations against human rights fuel the spread of HIV, putting marginalised groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers, at a higher risk of HIV infection. By promoting individual human rights, new infections can be prevented and people who have HIV can live free from discrimination. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us – individuals, communities and political leaders – to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

If you would like to participate in the World AIDS Day campaign in an effort to commemorate the theme of Universal Access and Human Rights, you can get more information on how to do so HERE. OR, you can do something as simple as wearing a red ribbon today to show your commitment to fighting to find a cure for AIDS:

The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. The red ribbon started as a “grass roots” effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own. It’s easily done – just use some ordinary red ribbon and a safety pin! If you want to take your awareness raising a step further then try finding a local event to take part in. Around the world there are hundreds of activities taking place to mark World AIDS Day, including candlelight vigils, art shows, marches and religious services. If you can’t find anything in your area then why not organise an event yourself?

Even simpler, you can make your mark on a social network calendar and help turn the world red by participating today in the #turnred campaign:

Wednesday, December 1 marks (RED)’s World AIDS Day, where landmarks around the world will be illuminated in red lights to highlight the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization’s goal is for the year 2015 to mark the beginning of the first AIDS-free generation. To raise awareness, social network users can help to turn a map of the world red using Twitter and Facebook or by attending a (RED) Meetup. Foursquare users can also participate by including the hashtag “#turnred” when they check in at any location, which will unlock a special (RED) badge. The checkins (if they’re posted to Twitter), tweets and Facebook profile photos will be posted to a map on the (RED) website. Countries that see the most activity across the different channels will turn a deeper shade of red. You’ll be able to filter the activities based on the social network — foursquare included — that generated it. (RED)’s primary objective is to raise awareness and funds for the Global Fund, which supports efforts to eliminate AIDS in Africa. A significant portion of their funds are raised by brands like Apple and Gap that offer special (RED) versions of their products and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund. You can follow (RED) on foursquare to find retailers near you that offer (PRODUCT) RED.

World AIDS Day is all about raising awareness, doing something very simple in unison with millions of people around the world can help make a difference. Silence = Death. I urge you to make the commitment today to be silent no longer.

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Eliza Dushku & Rick Fox Serve Thanksgiving Dinner To The Needy In Boston

Giving back

Lovebirds Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox were among the 200 volunteers who were on hand yesterday to serve Thanksgiving meals in Boston, MA in an effort to give back to those in need. As you may recall, yesterday we saw photos of some of the celebs who served Thanksgiving dinners here in SoCal but Eliza and Rick were doing their part to give of their time and energy in Boston:

A [trio] of celebrities spanning the sports, political and entertainment helped serve Thanksgiving Day meals at a Boston homeless shelter. U.S. Senator Scott Brown was joined Thursday at the Pine Street Inn by actress Eliza Dushku and former pro basketball player Rick Fox, who’s fresh off a run on TV’s Dancing with the Stars. The three are the best known of the 200 volunteers who will help serve 1,500 dinners Thursday. The Pine Street Inn planned to roast 63 turkeys, and the fixings include 460 pounds of mashed potatoes and 307 pounds of corn and peas. Deserts were also chosen from an assortment of 188 traditional pies.

I just love these two so much and I really love that they decided to give so generously of their time to help feed the needy in their beloved Boston community. Much love and thanks goes out to not only Eliza, Rick and Senator Brown but also to the 197 other Bostonians who were on hand to help serve Thanksgiving meals yesterday at The Pine Street Inn as well as the countless other volunteers who continue to work with the needy all around the world. So many of us, me included, take for granted how rich our lives are … I’m always so impressed with the folks who work to enrich the lives of others. Well done Eliza and Rick … you guys rule!

[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]

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