By Tim Saunders on
Daniel Craig – star of the upcoming James Bond film Quantum of Solace – is to donate money to victims of the cyclone that ripped through Myanmar in May.
According to reports, the actor will donate about $12,000 to buy new boats for a group of fishermen in the Irrawaddy delta after their fleet was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis earlier this year. The report states that Craig will donate four sea-going vessels and 21 smaller boats to fishermen in the Ah-lai-thaung village of Pyin-kha-yaing town.
’His representative came to Myanmar and said he will pay for 25 fishing boats, and our committee brought the representative to that village," said a member from the fishery rehabilitation committee. “It will cost about 15 million kyats [$12,345] for the fishing boats to be made locally.”
Cyclone Nargis caused incredible damage to Myanmar and caused at least 146,000 fatalities with thousands more people still missing. Damage has been estimated at over $10 billion, and the United Nations were called in to help with relief efforts. However, due to political reasons, much of the aid did not reach the areas it was needed most.
Daniel Craig is no stranger to helping stricken mariners. He is a major supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, an organization that provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.
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Source: Earth Times