Pamela An­der­son backs ‘Read to Me’

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BAY­WATCH leg­end Pamela An­der­son is back­ing the UN Chil­dren’s Fund-backed “Read To Me” project, a month­long aware­ness cam­paign to pro­mote child­hood lit­er­acy, by Change One Life char­ity which is help­ing thou­sands of Rus­sian or­phan chil­dren find adopted homes.

The ac­tress ap­pears in a video hosted on the cam­paign’s web­site and on YouTube in which she re­cites the Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea about a princess who is made to prove her royal iden­tity and that she is wor­thy of mar­ry­ing her prince.

In the story – penned in 1835 – the princess ar­rives at the palace soaked from the rain and grubby from be­ing out in the cold and is or­dered to sleep on 20 mat­tresses by the queen to prove she’s roy­alty.

In the morn­ing, the princess is asked how she slept and replies “very badly”, prov­ing she is a real princess “be­cause she had felt the pea right through the 20 mat­tresses”.

After read­ing to “all the or­phans in Rus­sia and all over the world”, An­der­son urges peo­ple to lend their sup­port to the cause. “There, that’s a true story. Help me to sup­port the ‘Read To Me’ project, join the ‘Read To Me’ chan­nel, let’s turn their days into a fairy tale.”

The 49-year-old blonde bomb­shell – who has two sons, Bran­don, 20, and Dy­lan, 19, with her ex-hus­band Tommy Lee – is a com­mit­ted phi­lan­thropist and an­i­mal rights sup­porter.

In re­cent months, An­der­son has launched a “Sen­sual Revo­lu­tion” cam­paign with Rabbi Sh­mu­ley Boteach, Amer­i­can au­thor and tele­vi­sion host, to warn of the dan­gers of online pornog­ra­phy.

She has worked with PETA (Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals) on a project to stop mass salmon farm­ing in Canada. An­der­son has also called on British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to im­pose a UK ban on wild an­i­mal acts in cir­cuses.

PIC­TURE: AP

CAM­PAIGNER: Pamela An­der­son, ac­tress and an­i­mals rights de­fender.

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