Hollywood charmer pushes Christmas cause for needy

ALLURING and elusive Hollywood actor Clive Owen was more broody than brooding yesterday as he threw the full weight of his charms behind the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
The star has been in Adelaide since September shooting the new Scott Hicks movie, The Boys are Back.

While he kept a low profile during his stay, he was vocal in his support of the WCH Foundation, and in particular their Christmas Appeal, which he launched yesterday at an exclusive cocktail party.
But before the glamorous event, he spent an afternoon visiting sick children at the hospital.

Owen, who has two daughters aged 9 and 11, said it was “humbling” to meet the doctors and nurses who have life-saving jobs.

“I’m hugely serious when I say I live a certain life, I entertain people and make movies and it’s very humbling to come here and meet people who do that kind of work,” he said.

“The idea of any parent struggling with a sick child, it’s an awful thought. There can’t be a better cause to get behind.”

Money from the Christmas Appeal will help set up a Medical Hardship Fund to help families of seriously ill children afford special treatment, medical equipment, or other critical needs. Owen said he had chosen to support the foundation because he had heard such good things about the hospital, in particular from director Scott Hicks, who is South Australian.

He added that it was important to help people who were not rich access expensive equipment that could keep their child alive and happy.

He also said just being there made him clucky. “I always get broody . . . it’s that smell, that new baby smell, it gets me every time,” he said.

Owen will leave next week to finish shooting the film in London, but said SA had some of the most stunning locations he had ever been in, particularly at Myponga beach and on Kangaroo Island.

Foundation chief executive Michelle Eunson said it helped people in all sorts of situations, and that the community could make an enormous difference with their support.
Earlier this year the foundation sent Isaiah Muller to London for a crucial operation.

“With Isaiah, his family didn’t have the financial capital on one working wage with six children in the family to send Isaiah to London to have that operation to save his eyesight from the cancer,” she said.
To make a donation or information about the foundation’s Christmas Appeal call 1800 008 483 or visit www.makingthedifference.org.au

Credit/Source: Step/The Advertiser

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