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When Charlie Sheen announced via Twitter that he wants to spearhead a fundraiser for a Canadian bipolar support group, no one was more surprised than the organization itself.
“We didn’t know it was coming, and we have no idea what to expect,” Kaj Korvela, executive director of the Calgary-based Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders, tells the Los Angeles Times.
Sheen has asked fans to meet him Friday evening at his Ritz Carlton hotel and walk with him 1.2 miles to Toronto’s Massey Hall, where he performed to mixed reviews Thursday night and is set to take the stage again tonight. He Tweeted that he plans to take donations for OBAD and is “matching all donations $ for $”
Korvela said OBAD will be happy to take whatever money is raised, but there’s no formal arrangement between the actor and the group (Sheen has denied that he is bipolar, insisting he is “bi-winning”).
“It’s totally about awareness, and if Charlie Sheen can bring it to the public’s attention then that’s a good thing,” Korvela says. “We’re not commenting on Charlie Sheen or whatever he’s dealing with, but he’s decided to raise money for our group and we’re OK with that … maybe it’ll bring the issue to the forefront.”
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