Clooney donates $25,000 to Actors Fund

November 16th, 2007 - 1:26 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Nov 16 (ANI): George Clooney is doing his bit for workers who have fallen on hard times due to the ongoing writers strike in Hollywood.

The actor has made a 25,000 dollars donation to the Actors Fund, money that is earmarked to provide emergency assistance who fall on desperate times in times such as these.

And, hes also planning to make this an annual donation on his part, reports Variety.

“To people like myself, the strike is a forced vacation, but with the rhetoric high, and two other strikes looming, there is the fear that a prolonged strike can destroy people who make a living in this industry,” the website quoted him, as saying.

He is now calling other multi-million dollar earning celebs to do the same for the people in the industry.

“My hope is that people who can afford it will take responsibility for this and help out.

Clooney revealed that he had chosen the Actors Fund because applicants do not have to belong to a union to be eligible for relief, and because the fund issues grants and not loans.

“This felt like the right place, because the Actors Fund is the most inclusive. It helps writers, and everyone from craft services workers to agency assistants who have been laid off,” he said.

Joe Benincasa, exec director of the 125-year old Actors Fund, said that the payment process is quick, after claimants apply for relief and meet with social workers who evaluate their need and resources.

“If you can’t make your mortgage or buy food for your family, we can cut a check the same day or the next day,” he said. (ANI)

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