Gerard Butler writes £1000 cheque and donates tapestry of his face to help Scots school feed children in Malawi
THE screen heartthrob found out about St Dominic's Primary School's campaign to raise cash for charity Mary's Meals when visiting his mum in Perthshire.
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HOLLYWOOD hunk Gerard Butler has backed a Scots school’s campaign to help feed kids in Malawi.
Gerard learned of the efforts by pupils at St Dominic’s Primary in Crieff, Perthshire, when visiting his mum Margaret in nearby Comrie.
They are raising cash to help charity Mary’s Meals cover the cost of a kitchen for a school in Malawi.
And Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard, who has a longstanding association with the Scots charity, decided to chip in by donating a £1000 cheque and a “machine-made cross-stitch” artwork of his face to auction.
An insider said: “Gerard was in the area and heard about the work the local schoolkids were doing to help others in need.
“He was blown away and keen to donate the full amount of cash they needed to the charity.
“But his mum insisted that the kids were having fun with their fundraising.
“Instead, Gerard wrote the kids a cheque for £1000 and donated the cross-stitch creation, which is about 30in by 22in and which he was given by a fan.”
The children have now managed to raise £5000 of their £7000 target and plan to put the artwork up for auction on eBay.
Paisley-born Gerard, 44, didn’t want to deface the picture by signing his name on it but the winning bidder will also get a signed photo of him.
Gerard travelled on behalf of Mary’s Meals to Liberia in December.
He has maintained links with the charity since presenting Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who founded it with his brother Fergus, with a CNN Hero award in 2010.
Mary’s Meals feed more than 860,000 children around the world every school day.