British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (“Bruno,” “Borat”) and Australian actress Isla Fisher, his wife, donated $1,000,000 to help the victims of the conflict in Syria.
The couple donated $500,000 to Save the Children as part of the vaccination campaign that would protect 250,000 children against the threat of an epidemic of rubella in the north of Syria.
They donated a similar amount to the non-governmental organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help Syrian refugees, who since the conflict began at 2011, in millions left their homes and fled from the war. These funds will allow “saving thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children” said Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children.
Here what has been said in press release: “500,000 Dollars will be used to fund a program vaccinating more than 250,000 children against a potential measles outbreak in Northern Syria. The other half of the donation will be used to help fund the work to support families, with a special concern for women and children, both inside Syria and in neighboring countries who are suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict. The money will go towards education, health care, shelter and sanitation.”
“Sacha and Isla gift is a wonderful gesture of humanity,” responded David Miliband, President of IRC, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Great Britain. It has been estimated that around 9 million Syrians were forced to move from their country since the civil war started. Third of that number is in refugee camps. Cohan, best known for films Ali G In Da House, The Dictator, Bruno and Borat and his wife, Australian actress decided to take this step because they have their own three children.
Other celebrities also did charity work to help refugees from Syria. Susan Sarandon visited Greek Island Lesbos and spend time with refugees sharing their story for Huffington Post.