CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Jan. 11, 2010: Hollywood actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith are among the celebrities who are pitching in to help tackle hunger in Haiti.
The celebrity couple is auctioning off a special artwork signed by music artists who performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert they co-hosted in Oslo last month.
The artwork, which WFP and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation will sell on eBay, is based on a map of world hunger. It is decorated with personalized silhouettes drawn by Will, his family and the artists who performed at the concert.
The actor underlined the link between hunger and peace with the words he wrote on his silhouette on the map: `There can be no true peace in the world while there is hunger.`
All proceeds will go towards providing nutritious meals to school children in Haiti, where the United Nations World Food Programme already provides food to more than 500,000 school children.
Other artists who contributed to the artwork include Haiti’s Wyclef Jean, Natasha Bedingfield, Toby Keith, Westlife, Esperanza Spalding, Alexander Rybak, Amadou & Mariam, Donna Summer, Lang Lang and Luis Fonsi.
The Hollywood couple co-hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert on 2 December in honor of the 2009 Laureate, United States President Barack Obama.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton traveled to Haiti in 2009 to raise awareness of efforts to help the Caribbean nation`s people and Government bolster their economic security.
The auction and focus on Haiti comes as the country prepares for legislative elections on February 28th.