This week an Oscar contender supports Free the Children, a reality star shows her philanthropic side and an “Idol” gives a wake-up call (with flapjacks).
Natalie Portman Announces Free The Children Contest
The last few months have been good ones for Natalie Portman. The 29-year-old actress announced that she is pregnant with her first child and engaged to dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied. On top of that her film Black Swan is a huge success and she’s landed a Golden Globe Award, SAG statue and Oscar nomination, which is certain to become a win. And yet Portman has found the time to give back.
The actress is sponsoring a contest for Free the Children, an organization with a simple mission as stated on their website to “empower youth everywhere to make a difference.” Portman has teamed up with the foundation, which recently opened an all-girls school in Kenya called the Kisaruni Girls’ Secondary School.
The Portman-backed initiative, which kicked off on February 1, hopes to raise money for the continued support of the Kisaruni School. The top five fundraisers between now and May 1, 2011, will have an opportunity to explain why they think it’s critical that young women are empowered through education.
One lucky winner will be announced on June 1 and will score the Power of a Girl prize pack including the Rodarte dress that Portman wore to the American Film Institute premiere of Black Swan, tickets to her next movie debut, a trip to Kenya and more yet to be announced surprises.
That Portman sure is a sweet girl.
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