Los Angeles, Dec 28 (IANS) Actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his actress wife Isla Fisher have donated $1 million to charity for Syria.
The star couple have given $500,000 to NGO Save the Children to fund measles vaccinations for children in northern Syria and a further $500,000 to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support families who are victims of conflict in the country.
“By allowing us to make their generous donation to the Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today,” Justin Forsyth, CEO, Save the Children said, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
“These are desperate times for Syrian families facing bombs, bullets, and torture in Syria. The couple’s donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most valuable children,” he added.
David Miliband, president and CEO of IRC, said: “Now is the time for all of us to double down on commitments to civilians caught up in the Syria conflict. These people are the victims of terror. As hope for the end of conflict recedes, it is all the more important to meet the most basic human needs.
“Sacha and Isla’s donation is a great expression of humanity, and a challenge to do more for the most vulnerable. I hope it is an example to many others seeking practical ways of making a difference during the Christmas and New Year season.”