They're usually making us laugh in Here Come The Habibs or Fat Pizza, but Rob Shehadie & Tahir Bilgiç are getting serious about an important issue.
The comedians, who are busy with their Straight Outta Compo show at the moment, and Season 2 of the Habibs, have recently taken part in the Save Our Sons Walk in Melbourne, to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Duchenne is a condition that affects 1 in 3,500 boys and has no cure. In rare cases, it can also affect girls.
Tahir and Rob joined singer Johnny Ruffo and hundreds of others in the final leg of the 300 km walk which has raised over $450,000 so far. The money will go to scientific research, clinical trials, medical equipment and specialised Duchenne nurses in children's hospitals around Australia.
Save Our Sons was started a few years ago by Elie and Nancy Eid after their 12-year-old son Emilio was diagnosed with Duchenne in 2006.
A gala event hosted by media personalities Amanda Kellar and Brendan Jones is being held in Melbourne tonight, aiming to raise an extra $800 thousand to reach their target of $1.2 million.
Actress Kate Ritchie is ditching the chocolate this Easter and she'd like us to do the same.
Instead of the money Kate would usually spend on chocolate eggs, she's buying Bonnie The Bunny from The Change Angels.
The gorgeous rabbit, made by NanaHuchy, is given to a child who's been admitted to hospital in Brisbane for abuse or neglect and the person buying it is given a Bonnie The Bunny postcard in return. 100 percent of profits then goes to the team at Sydney Children's Hospital to help rehabilitate kids who've suffered ongoing abuse..
As The Change Angels explain on their insta page, the road to recovery for many abused kids is a long one. They are often brought into hospital with horrific physical injuries. They may feel scared, confused and alone. Bonnie is the perfect friend for them.
If you'd like to join Kate and support kids in hospital, you can do so HERE.
(FYI Bonny costs AU$35)
Actor Ben Stiller has teamed up with social media superstar Jérôme Jarre - and they are doing something so unbelievably amazing, it will make you question why on earth no one thought of it sooner.
The pair (along with a team of others), has arranged for a Turkish Airlines plane to deliver 60 tonnes of food and water to famine-stricken Somalia next week....and they're making it happen through the power of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms using the hashtag #LoveArmyForSomalia.
It all started with a brilliant, simple and slightly crazy idea from Jérôme - He had just discovered that there are 20 million people in East Africa who have no food, water or livestock and are dying from starvation. He couldn't understand why the world and particularly the mass media wasn't making a big deal about this, even after the UN had described it as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.
He thought, well, why can't we send a plane over there and give people the food and water they so desperately need? So he made this viral video, hoping to do just that:
After doing a bit of research and finding Turkish Airlines is the only airline that flies to Somalia, Jérôme started the hashtag #TurkishAirwaysHelpSomalia . A few hours later, it seemed everyone was tweeting it, including Ben Stiller. And a few hours after that, success! Turkish Airlines responded with a tweet:
Turkish Airlines will provide a cargo flight to Somalia on March 27. It can carry 60 tonnes of supplies. The airline has also agreed to transporting extra food containers on other flights over the coming months until the famine comes to an end.
The challenge now is to fill up the plane. Ben, Jérôme and the gang say the only way that can happen is through donations:
The money will go towards buying rice, nutritional biscuits, porridge and other food items in Istanbul for the first delivery on March 27.
After that, the plan is to buy food from local businesses in Somalia to support the country's economy.
If you'd like to do your bit to help Ben, Jérôme and the gang help our East African neighbours, you can donate HERE.
If you want to raise awareness about this mission, start tweeting #LoveArmyForSomalia.
It took one crazy idea, some celebrity and social media power and talks with NGO's working on the ground in Somalia (all done in less than 48 hours I might add) to make this happen.
We've seen hashtags trending on Twitter before raising awareness for important causes, but this goes one step further. We're seeing action and it's unfolding right in front of us.
Of course, there are critics who say this isn't going to stop the famine in East Africa. This isn't going to save everyone or end the problem forever. No, it might not, but it's a bloody good start.
Forget sexy. Justin Timberlake is bringing kindness back.
The singer has delivered an important message about embracing people who might be “different” after winning Song Of The Year for “Can’t Stop The Feeling” at the iHeart Radio Awards.
Justin started off giving a traditional acceptance speech, thanking various people, but then he spoke to his younger fans about diversity, being different and owning the very attribute that sets you apart.
“If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee….Anyone that is treating you unkindly, it’s only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are.”
He continued, “Because being different means you make the difference. So F*ck ‘em!”
And with that, the singing boy from Tennessee walked off the stage to HUGE applause.
So they read out the wrong winner at the Oscars.....meh.
There was something else that happened on Oscars night and it was BEAUTIFUL. It was SO beautiful, FOR THE LOVE OF OPRAH, we need to talk about it!
Thanks to actress Freida Pinto and food-donation organisation Copia, more than 800 people who would’ve otherwise gone without a meal that night, were fed.
Orlando Bloom recently went to Niger, Africa as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to meet children forced to flee their homes because of Boko Haram. A few days later, he was walking the red carpet at an Oscars after-party. And a few days after that, he released a joint statement with Katy Perry announcing their split.
Only 2 out of 3 of those stories made international headlines... and no, it wasn’t the one about the humanitarian crisis in Niger.
But that’s the story Orlando wants us to talk about. So, let’s talk about it:
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