Comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, actress Isla Fisher, have donated a whopping $1 million to charity.
Half of the funds have gone to Save the Children to bolster vaccinations against measles in northern Syria. Of late, there has been a huge outbreak of the highly infectious viral illness in the area, putting the lives of many innocent children at risk. The couple's generous donation is set to protect approximately 250,000 little ones.
"These are desperate times for Syrian families facing bombs, bullets and torture"
The chief executive of Save the Children has graciously thanked Cohen and Fisher, saying:
"[The money would] save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children. By allowing us to make their generous donation to Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today. These are desperate times for Syrian families facing bombs, bullets and torture in Syria."
A further $500,000 is set aside to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a New York-based humanitarian relief organization that helps refugees in Syria and its neighboring countries currently in conflict zones. Aid is specifically directed at women and children via means of healthcare, shelter and much-needed sanitation.
More than 250,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, and more than 11 million have been displaced from their homes. Rightfully, the president of the committee, former British foreign secretary David Miliband, has referred to the couple's gift as a "great expression of humanity." He continued:
"I hope it is an example to many others seeking practical ways of making a difference during the Christmas and new year season."
As well as providing humanitarian aid to refugees around the world, the couple are known for their work in the film industry. While Cohen is known for his alter-egos Ali G and Borat, Fisher has starred in projects such as Wedding Crashers and Now You See Me -- here's the trailer below:
To find out ways in which you can help the current refugee crisis, go to the IRC's website.