Nicole Kidman’s sketch is all about peace, as is George Clooney’s simple black-on-white drawing. More elaborate, but no less meaningful, is Ewan McGregor’s depiction of hope. All these celebrities, and more, are helping raise money for their chosen charities by designing tea mugs which are produced in limited quantities and sold on-line.
Each mug features a symbol of hope, a stick-figure self-portrait and a message for the future. Some, like the brightly colored mug by actress Minnie Driver, deliver words of empowerment. Others, including the tea mug by Sir Michael Caine, offer advice. Even supermodel Claudia Schiffer (mug pictured) has a few words to share.
The aim of organizers at 21st Century Leaders, who have arranged the tea mug sales, is to raise a minimum of $3 million for charitable projects that benefit developing countries, help protect the environment and further other worthy causes. To date they have raised over $1 million.
A recent unrelated fund-raising effort by the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation auctioned off one-of-a-kind teapots designed by a number of actors and television personalities including Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Survivor’s Mark Burnett. Actress Gillian Anderson’s teapot drew the highest bid, raising $675 for the foundation. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actor/philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm In The Middle”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) to host auctions that benefit children’s charities.
If you would like to contribute, while sipping your tea in style, order your own mug at The Tea House Times.
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