Saturday, September 19, 2009

Peter Facinelli Reasons for Twittering

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with actor Peter Facinelli about his creative use of Twitter to
raise money for a good cause.

In June, Facinelli began a bet with his friend, Rob DeFranco: If Facinelli could attract 500,000 followers on Twitter, he would get a $10,000 donation and a chance to see DeFranco run down Hollywood Boulevard in a bikini. Another friend from Affliction Clothing became interested in the bet and joined forces with Facinelli. An Affliction employee has a son who suffers from a spinal cord injury, so after Facinelli won the bet he and Affliction donated the $10,000 to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury and helping
those living with paralysis.

Facinelli is also involved with other charities. He recently worked with Omnipeace, a fashion brand that donates 25 percent its profits to charitable efforts to promote peace, education and human rights and end extreme poverty in Africa. The companychooses a new charity each year and this year it's Raise Hope For Congo, whose goal is to end violence against women and girls.

Facinelli is best-known as the star of FOX's 2002 television series "Fastlane." He also played Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptation of "Twilight." Facinelli hopes to use his celebrity status and large number of Twitter followers to keep spreading the word about different charities.

Question: Can you tell me a little about Raise Hope For Congo?

Facinelli: Well, what I know is that Omnipeace is a global brand whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2025. Every year, Omnipeace picks a charity and donates 25 percent of their profits for that year to that charity. This year they’re partnering with UNICEF Campaign to stamp out violence against women and girls of the Congo.
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