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    Celeb Organization Gives $500,000 to Darfur
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A charity co-founded by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle has donated $500,000 to the United Nations World Food Program. The money, handed over by the stars’ Not On Our Watch organization, is earmarked for the U.N.’s food aid agency to prevent hunger in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. In a statement, Clooney said: “Without immediate additional funding, humanitarian aid in the region will be crippled.” Not On Our Watch has raised more than $9.3 million for Darfur, and last year donated $1 million to the World Food Program. Clooney has become a leading celebrity advocate for action against the genocide in the Sudan after filming a documentary about the crisis last year.

This begs the question – why aren’t more news sources picking up this kind of story – instead of the same old trashy/gossip/mud-slinging/dirt about celebrities. Do I really care where Brad Pitt ate his dinner – Uh, that would be a no.

Raising money, sending food, supplies, clothing, aid for humanitarian efforts is FAR MORE INTERESTING – then where they went shopping last week.

Can I get a witness!

5 Responses to “Celeb Organization Gives $500,000 to Darfur”

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  1. Keira Soleore
    on Mar 17th, 2008
    @ 11:41 pm

    Exactly!! I received my alumna magazine today that listed achievements of some of students who had gone forth and done useful work in the developing world via the Peace Corps, NGOs, or on their own with a grant. One enterprising engineering undergrad went into war torn regions of Rwanda and saw these place decimated of men. So he started a school there teaching math and physics to women. He taught them enough so that they were able to take college entrance exams in different cities and were placed there. Once he’d achieved this for one batch of students, he started delegating over there. He went back to the states and through a grant brought 30 students over for 30 days to do the same thing: teach the kids to read, write, and do math. In their spare time they built pipes so water could be brought into homes. He set up purifiers so potable water was available for drinking in each house. He was a messiah for those villages. And he’s not done yet. He returned home to get his master degree that will help him organize much larger-scale hands-on help projects.

    So, yes, give Brittney a break. Put folks like this and U2’s Bono and these Fab Four on the news about their good deeds.

  2. Buffie
    on Mar 18th, 2008
    @ 5:01 am

    Totally agree with you Maria! And let’s be honest, Darfur hasn’t receive near enough news coverage. Why? I just don’t understand. Those people are being murdered by the thousands. Kidos to the celebs for putting their money where their mouths are.

  3. AndreaW
    on Mar 18th, 2008
    @ 5:53 am

    I agree with you as well, Maria. The media would rather spotlight what they consider “more interesting topics”. To me, this is more interesting. I applaud those celebs that pay it forward in a BIG way.

  4. keoweegirl
    on Mar 18th, 2008
    @ 6:49 am

    There seems to be an unfortunate tendency in the media to “dumb it down” for the reading masses in the USA. I think that’s why we see more coverage of Britney, Lindsey, etc. and less coverage of some really good, humanitarian efforts that are going on. Unfortunately, there are way too many people who get their news from the National Enquirer, have never traveled outside the US and really don’t care what’s going on overseas because it’s not happening in their own back yard. Maybe, if more attention was focused on these areas and the good that some of their movie idols are doing that attitude might start to shift.

  5. keoweegirl
    on Mar 18th, 2008
    @ 6:54 am

    Btw, I wasn’t being facetious regarding getting the news from the Enquirer. I was in the checkout line at the store the other day when a clerk (in her 40s or 50s I’d guess) brought a National Enquirer to the clerk (early 20s) who was scanning my items. She asked my clerk to read the article on Barack Obama when she had the chance and tell her what she thought. She needed to decide who was going to get her vote for President. When she left I asked my clerk if she was serious and was really going to base her Presidential vote on an article in the Enquirer with the headline OBAMA SECRETS! My clerk rolled her eyes and said, “Sad, isn’t it? You wouldn’t belive how many people around here get their news from the Enquirer.”

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