Supports: Hope and Homes for Children
Kristin Scott Thomas has become an ambassador for Hope and Homes for Children after visiting one of the charity's Aids projects in Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa while filming her latest movie Man to Man. "It was a real shocker," the actress said. "Nearly half the adults in the district are HIV-positive." The film star was particularly moved by the plight of children who have been orphaned by the disease, having lost her own father and stepfather in childhood. "Two million Aids orphans in Africa seems too large to comprehend," she said. "I met this 16 year-old who had epilepsy. She was watching her mother die while trying to look after her four younger siblings. She had no time to grieve, but never complained."
Jodie Marsh will be taking part in a week-long 2,000km motorcycle expedition across southern India to raise money for the WWF and the Rainbow Trust for terminally ill children. The glamour model and pin-up will trek over mountains, through jungles and across deserts for up to 12 hours a day. The annual event is in its fourth year and is expected to raise £150,000. The outfit behind the trek, Enduro India, will buy 100 Royal Enfield Bullet motorbikes for the trip that will then be donated to WWF's park and nature reserve wardens.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have commandeered a host of stars to record a version of Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven for victims of the tsunami.
Elton John, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Rod Stewart, and Robbie Williams will all sing on the track. The Osbournes have already donated more than £10,000 to the DEC's Tsunami Earthquake Appeal.
Simon Cowell, famous for his scathing put-downs on The X Factor and Pop Idol, is showing his softer side in an anti-fur campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In the adverts, Cowell poses with his pet dog alongside the slogan: "If you wouldn't wear your dog, please don't wear any fur."
Kim Cattrall, who is starring in Whose Life is it Anyway? at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End, is donating her fee to the tsunami appeal. The actress, better known for her role as Samantha in Sex and the City, plays a paraplegic sculptor.