Hugh Jackman in $100,000 charity pledge

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  • The actor sets out pledge on Twitter

    Australian actor Hugh Jackman has asked fans on microblogging site Twitter to help him choose a charity worthy of a US $100,000 donation.
    Early on Wednesday morning, Jackman set out his philanthropic pledge in a tweet: ‘I will donate 100K to one individual’s favourite non-profit organization. Of course, you must convince me why by using 140 characters or less.’

    Responses, which have flooded in, have so far included charities involved in homelessness, fighting disease, child welfare and non-profit organisations in developing nations.
    Jackman, who has almost 36,000 people following him on Twitter, later updated his page with the message: ‘The more passion shown for your charity the better! Get the support of your friends and teach them the importance of giving.’

    There was no indication from Jackman as to when he would announce his chosen charity. Charity groups have welcomed the pledge, but warned that US $100,000 (£67,000) was a lot of money to spend based on an argument of just 140 words.

    The move comes days after Jackman attracted ridicule for getting the name of the Sydney Opera House wrong on one of his first Twitter postings. He apologised for the error, explaining that the message was translated by an American staff member after he relayed it over the phone.

    Jackman is currently on a world tour to promote his new film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.


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