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Celebrity Charity of the Week: 4th August 2014

Posted by: Amanda Bowers | Posted on: August 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s the start of the week again, which means it’s time to highlight the very best celebrity charity partnerships in our Celebrity Charity of the Week award. Vote for your favourite, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Sir Elton John and EJAF

At the recent International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Voice of America premiered a documentary called Living in the Shadows, which profiles six individuals combating HIV/AIDS across the world, and explores how stigma interferes with AIDS treatment and prevention globally.

The film was narrated by Sir Elton John, a long-time AIDS activist and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation – EJAF.

Sir Elton said: “So much of my foundation’s work has been guided by this film’s thesis; we don’t have to wait on a scientific breakthrough or a new miracle cure, we just need people to keep spreading compassion, and resilience, and stubborn insistence that all lives are of equal worth.”


James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy and UNICEF

At the recent Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony UNICEF produced films telling stories of the charity’s work in each region of the Commonwealth, which were played as part of the athlete’s parade in the first such fundraiser of its kind ever to take place.

UNICEF Ambassador, Glasgow 2014 Ambassador and Scottish cycling legend, Sir Chris Hoy said: “It’s been absolutely incredible to witness the power of such an amazing partnership between UNICEF and Glasgow 2014.

“I’m immensely proud to be a UNICEF UK Ambassador and to have visited Malawi and seen first-hand the life-saving differences we can make for children.”

Both Sir Chris and Scottish Hollywood actor McAvoy made a live heartfelt appeal to the crowds at Celtic Park Stadium, and to TV viewers across the UK to join together and put children first by making a £5 donation to UNICEF by texting FIRST to 70333.


Helena Bonham Carter and Make A Wish

The quirky British actress teamed up with the Make A Wish Foundation to help fulfil the wishes of a young girl from Northern Ireland, who was born with a severe heart condition.

Helena had afternoon tea at The Dorchester Hotel with 15 year old Shealyn Magill who due to her deteriorating health has been unable to carry out her main passion – acting.

At the end of their afternoon Helena presented Shealyn with a special edition Bellatrix Lestrange replica wand – the role Bonham Carter played in the Harry Potter movies, whilst Shealyn gave her a Celtic brooch she designed herself.

Helena said: “Shealyn talks about me being an inspiration but she is the real one; it was my privilege to meet and spend time with her.”


Sir Paul McCartney and Meat Free Monday

To celebrate five years of Meat Free Monday, Sir Paul McCartney wants people to get involved by helping make a new fan video.

The music legend is asking people to take a picture of themselves with a line of lyrics from his song ‘Meat Free Monday’, which they then upload via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MeatFreeMonday for the chance to be featured in the video.

The charity stated: “The more creative your photo, the more chance you have of it being included in the video, which is due to be posted on the Meat Free Mondays website at the end of August.”


Paddington Bear and NSPCC

In celebration of Paddington the movie being released in UK Cinemas in November, and London’s art, culture and innovation, visitlondon.com, the NSPCC is launching The Paddington Trail.

Fifty Paddington statues – which will all be created by a variety of artists, designers and celebrities, are to be placed across London close to key cultural and landmark hotspots in an inspiring trail across the capital.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “As a long-time fan of Paddington Bear, I’m delighted that this world-famous, marmalade-loving, duffle-coat wearing bear will be celebrated by Londoners and visitors to our great city, with the launch of this fantastic trail.”

All of the Paddington Bear statues will be auctioned later in the year to raise money for the NSPCC, whose work is all about protecting vulnerable children and making them safe.



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