Hugh Jackman pledges $100k to charity on Twitter

Macmillan Cancer Support and Bullying UK join the race

Australian actor Hugh Jackman has pledged $100,000 to the favourite charity of one of his followers on Twitter, provoking thousands of responses from charities and individuals worldwide.

On Wednesday morning, Jackman wrote on his Twitter page: "I will donate $100k to one individual's favourite non-profit organisation. Of course, you must convince me why by using 140 characters or less."

Several British charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Bullying UK, sent appeals for donations. However, Hugh Jackman, who has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter, has not given details of his criteria for judging the competition.

When one follower asked if the number of people who want the charity to win will matter, Hugh Jackman responded: "The more passion shown for your charity, the better."

He hinted that he might announce the winning charity on 24 April, and has since been posting a selection of appeals on his Twitter page.

Hugh Jackman was also in the news last week after getting the name of the Sydney Opera House wrong in one of his Twitter updates, calling it the Sydney Opera Centre.

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