Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher Donate $1M to Help Syrian Refugees

Sacha Baron Cohen and wife, Isla Fisher.
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"The couple’s donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children."

Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, fellow actress Isla Fisher, on Sunday donated $1 million to charity to aid Syrian refugees, according to Save the Children

Cohen, best known for his roles in Borat and Les Miserables, and Fisher, star of the upcoming Keeping Up with the Joneses, split the donation between Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee, according to Save the Children. 

The portion for Save the Children will go toward vaccinating more than 250,000 children against measles in Northern Syria. The other half of the donation will go toward families in need — especially women and children — in Syria and in neighboring countries, according to the charity. 

"By allowing us to make their generous donation to Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today," Justin Forsyth, Save the Children CEO said in a statement. "The couple’s donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children." 

David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said in a statement: "Sacha and Isla's donation is a great expression of humanity, and a challenge to do more for the most vulnerable."

Cohen and Fisher star alongside Mark Strong in the upcoming spy-comedy The Brothers Grimsby, due out in March. 

 

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