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Clooney, friends raise big bucks for Darfur



Tbdclooney062807 Is there anything George Clooney can’t get done? The Hollywood hotshot told the AP that Ocean’s Thirteen stars have donated $5.5-million to humanitarian efforts in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and producer Jerry Weintraub helped raise a total of $9.3-million for Darfur, most of which was contributed at a dinner during the film’s premiere last month at the Cannes Film Festival. Half of it has already been donated to help the 2.5-million civilians driven from their homes, he said.

“There are only a few things we can do — protect them where we can, and provide food, water, health care and counseling,” Clooney said. “We’re just trying to get them to live long enough to get to the next step.”

He added he hopes to keep replenishing the organization they have founded, Not On Our Watch. The group just donated $1-million to the U.N. World Food Program, as well. Are you paying attention, Paris?

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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