But­ler’s char­ity act for poor kids

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Ger­ard But­ler says his sup­port for the in­ter­na­tional aid char­ity Mary’s Meals is his way of “pay­ing it for­ward”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion help to feed more than one mil­lion chil­dren in 17 coun­tries.

The Hollywood star is putting his ca­reer on hold to visit one of their pro­jects in Africa later this month.

The Scot­tish char­ity also work in Asia, Latin Amer­ica, eastern Europe and the Ca r ibbean, en­sur ing chil­dren get at least one meal a day.

The 48- year- old ac­tor said: “It’s a bit of pay­ing it for­ward, which in truth is some­thing I still need to get bet­ter at.

“It’s im­pos­si­ble to go on th­ese trips and for it not to have a pro­found ef­fect on your psy­che and soul.”

Mary’s Meals started in 2002 when Mag­nus Mac­Far­lane-Bar­row, from Ar­gyll, vis­ited Malawi and wit­nessed the plight of young­sters who did not have enough to eat.

But l e r tol d Jet­set mag­a­zine: “For a long time, my mum had been harp­ing on about this beau­ti­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion and this man who she felt was a saint.

“A lit­tle time later, I was pre­sent­ing on CNN Heroes and the hero I was speak­ing on be­half of turned out to be Mag­nus him­self.”

AID TRIP Star Ger­ard

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