Friday, March 23, 2007

Angelina and Brad Donate $100K to Help Sudani's

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have just made a sizable donation to care for the people of Sudan.

The charitable couple contributed $100,00 to help build the first permanent medical facility in Duk County, Sudan according to PEOPLE magazine.

John Dau, the Director of Direct Change's Sudan Project, helped spearhead plans for the clinic.

Access Hollywood has learned the facility will be known as the Duk Lost Boys Clinic. Expected to feature seven rooms, the facility will provide a closer location for the Duk people to seek treatment. Currently those in Duk County have to walk 75 miles for medical service.

The clinic, which received its first medical supplies earlier this month, will serve around 150,000 people according to the Direct Change website. Once it is up and running, the Duk Lost Boys Clinic hopes to help treat curable diseases that run rampant in the region.

The Hollywood couple donated the money through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation. They previously donated the same amount in October of 2006 to a foundation set up in memory of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. Jolie recently filmed a movie -- "A Mighty Heart" in which she played Pearl's wife, Mariane.

The couple also donated $1 million in September 2006, to Global Action for Children and the same amount to Doctor's Without Borders.

"Words cannot express my gratitude and the gratitude of the people of Duk County," Dau said in a statement. "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt demonstrate the American spirit of generosity. Hopefully, their donation will inspire others to join with us to rebuild southern Sudan."