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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bullock's $1.4m quake donation (Japan)

Bullock's $1.4m quake donation

Last updated 08:12 18/03/2011

Sandra Bullock has made a "vitally important" donation to help those affected by the Japanese earthquake.

Sandra Bullock has donated US$1 million (NZ$1.4m) to help support the Japanese relief effort.

The 46-year-old Hollywood actress decided to make the generous donation after a powerful earthquake hit off the East coast of Japan last Friday, which in turn caused a destructive tsunami.

So far there have been thousands of confirmed deaths, and many more people are still missing, while the country is trying to cool off overheating fuel at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Charities such as the Red Cross have been doing their best to help those affected by the quake, and a spokesperson for the American Red Cross has revealed Sandra's heart-warming act of generosity.

"The American Red Cross is extremely grateful for this generous support from Sandra Bullock and her family," read a statement from the organisation. "This contribution is vitally important as the Red Cross works to provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need for so many people in Japan."

This isn't the first time the talented actress has displayed such kindness. After the horrific destruction caused to the Caribbean country of Haiti following an earthquake in January 2010, Sandra donated US$1 million to the charity Doctors Without Borders.

Sandra isn't the only star to have been moved by events in Japan. When news of the tremor hit the headlines last week an array of celebrities took to social-networking site Twitter to express their dismay, including Tori Spelling, Chris Brown, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Stars such as Clint Eastwood, Katy Perry and Charlie Sheen have made donations.

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