Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stars backed by USA

November 12, 2007


Stars backed by USA

Star outreach
Charlize Theron looked her most beautiful best in traditional garb - but was there for business, not for publicity

Laurie Kemp

AT the official opening of the Mpilonhle Project at Mtubatuba this week, US Ambassador Eric Bost announced he would be handing over R8.45-million to the project, which has already seen the financial backing of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project as well as Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network.
On Thursday, Charlize Theron was guest of honour at the Mpilonhle ('a good life') official showcase of their school AIDS and health outreach program.
This sees mobile units travel to four high schools around the Umkhanyakude District for pupils to receive nursing, health screening, substance abuse counseling and HIV social workers, a health educator and computer instruction.
'Over the last four year, we have provided R6-billion to almost four hundred dedicated South African partner organ isation as well as the South African government,' said Ambassador Bost.

Charlize woos
Theron braved strong winds at the function, and was bubbly and modest when speaking on the project, often deflecting references to her 'movie star' status.
'We are here to make a change. There are so many young women in this school, sitting here today, who say they are looking for role models.
'They need look no further than their own school – their teachers, their principal, and their families.
'I hope that through Mpilonhle we can change your lives positively, and come back again and again to visit you and see you flourish.'
Theron was accompanied by her mother, Gerda and her partner, actress Stuart Townsend, who both kept a very low profile during the formalities.




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