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Actor George Clooney and his father continue their Darfur campaigning with a new documentary

George Clooney
George Clooney

A documentary about the conflict in Darfur made by actor and campaigner George Clooney was broadcast on UK television for the first time on Saturday, when it was shown on the Community Channel.

A Journey to Darfur documents the efforts of Clooney and his father, Nick, a veteran journalist, to try to get Darfur taken more seriously by the media and those in power. It follows father and son as they visit Africa, politicians in Washington DC and the United Nations in New York.

"When you see how barbaric desperate people in need can be to one another, that's the most disturbing thing," says Clooney.

"The first take I had was that there was absolutely no hope. It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better."

George Cohen, a member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning football team, and former Southampton and England striker Matt Le Tissier helped disability charity Vitalise raise £37,450 at a Legends of Sport dinner in London earlier this month.

Cohen stepped in as guest speaker after the sudden death of his 1966 team-mate Alan Ball, who had originally agreed to speak at the event.

Among the items auctioned were a signed 1966 England team photo, a luxury holiday in Barbados and sports shirts signed by Pele and England's victorious rugby World Cup captain, Martin Johnson.

Mariella Frostrup, the TV presenter, has launched the Million Pound Appeal for MediCinema, the charity dedicated to installing state-of-the-art cinemas in hospitals. Actors Ewan McGregor, Dame Helen Mirren and Kevin Spacey are all patrons of the charity.

The launch took place at St Thomas' Hospital in London, home of the first MediCinema, which is free for both patients and visitors.

Amitabh Bachchan, the actor known as the Godfather of Bollywood, and Aishwarya Rai, his daughter-in-law and co-star in a number of films, are working to raise awareness of the deaf-blind charity Sense.

They were invited by the charity to visit the Rodney Clark Resource Centre for deaf and blind people in Leeds.

Bachchan developed an interest in deaf-blind issues when he starred in the film Black, in which he plays the inspirational tutor of a deaf-blind girl.

 

Myleene Klass and her fiance, Graham Quinn, are the first patrons of Drugsline.

Myleene Klass, runner-up in television show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and her fiance, Graham Quinn, are the first patrons of Drugsline. Klass first found fame in the pop band Hear'Say and met Quinn when he worked as one of the group's bodyguards.

Quinn, who is a recovering addict himself, will be visiting schools to talk about his personal experiences. He says: "Like a lot of young people, I believed that occasional drug use would never be a problem, just a bit of fun with little danger of addiction. Now I appreciate that you don't always have that kind of control."

Klass says: "We feel very strongly that it is essential young people are fully aware of the consequences of drug abuse."

It is the first time the couple have become joint patrons of a charity. Rabbi Sufrin, executive director of Drugsline, says: "We are looking towards an effective working relationship with them both."

 

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