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Oxfam
November 18th, 2010, 10:03 AM
Global Oxfam Ambassador and award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren has donated the silver jacket she wore in her 1984 film 2010 to Oxfam, to raise money for the charity’s response to the West Africa Food Crisis.

The jacket was worn in the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact, in which Helen Mirren played a Russian Astronaut. The film was based on Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 2010: Odyssey Twoand was a sequel to the 1968 film 2001:a Space Odyssey.

The donation is a silver astronaut-style jacket. With astronaut badges on the front, a USA flag on the sleeve, and a large embroidered 2010on the back. The film itself was nominated for five Academy awards in 1985 including Best Costume Design.

“I didn’t think when we were making 2010: The Year We Make Contact that in 2010 it would be possible for 10 million people to go hungry because of lack of action by the international community,” said Helen Mirren, “but in West Africa this year people were forced to eat leaves and berries in order to survive.”

Funds raised from the sale of the jacket will go directly towards helping the 10 million people who have been affected by a horrendous food crisis in the West African countries of Niger, Chad, and Mali. Over the past few months the severe lack of food has meant there is widespread malnourishment and extreme hunger throughout the region. Oxfam is helping by providing a number of short-term and long-term responses, including agricultural harvest tools, replacement livestock and rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems.

“I’m hoping the auction of the iconic jacket will help Oxfam respond now and in the future to the crisis in West Africa,” said Mirren.

Oxfam is asking fans to put down a £10 bid towards the jacket, with the lucky winner’s name being drawn from a hat. The raffle will run from now until the 1st of December.

Visit www.oxfam.org.uk/westafrica for more information on Oxfam’s West Africa Food Crisis Response. And visit www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/helenmirren to bid for a chance to win the jacket.