An exclusive range of collectible hand designed plates, mugs and saucers created by celebrity names will be auctioned at Reach Out To Asia’s (Rota) star-studded gala dinner at the Ritz-Carlton on November 4.
South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, James Bond actor and Unicef goodwill ambassador Sir Roger Moore, Oscar winning actor, producer and director George Clooney, British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman, designer and head of the DKNY fashion empire Donna Karan, and one of the world’s most popular rock bands, Coldplay, have all contributed pieces for the auction.
"Successful bidders will take home the individual pieces and acquire the artist’s original artwork," a Rota release yesterday said.
The plates donated by Charlotte di Vita MBE, goodwill ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, are produced by 21st Century Leaders – a unique charity project that gathers artworks from leaders in all fields. These include royalty, Nobel peace laureates, and top names in film, music, sports and literature.
The artworks are used to create products such as wristbands, clothing, tableware, ethical cosmetics and stationery, all released under the Whatever It Takes charity campaign label. This ‘merchandise with a meaning’ is manufactured under fair working conditions and is sold to raise funds for charitable causes chosen by each contributing leader, with 100% of the net profits donated to charity.
The organisation adopts a ‘no holds barred’ attitude in respect of the artwork, preferring to fly in the face of controversy even when presented with a somewhat less than ‘politically correct’ item. Hence their project name – Whatever It Takes.
Celebrities choose the message they would like to convey and prepare the artwork themselves.
To donate to the Reach Out To Asia fund-raising drive, pledges can be made to the following bank account: QNB Account: Reach Out To Asia, Account Number: 0035-004919-001.
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