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While in Singapore last week, Mel Gibson made a last minute donation of S$25,000 ($16,000) to Kidz Horizon Appeal, an organization that supports children suffering from cancer, HIV and other chronic and terminal illnesses.

In town for the annual invitation-only Forbes Global CEO Conference, the actor/director’s surprise donation inspired two CEOs to match his pledge; Mr Vinod Sekhar of Petra Group and Mr Patrick Wee of the True Group (Gibson’s guide around town) each increased his initial S$10,000 ($6,500) donation to the charity.

Although they are reluctant to speak about it, Gibson and his wife are no strangers to supporting children’s charities, having made donations which reportedly run into millions of dollars.

“Everyone here has been so warm and wonderful and welcoming, and I’m glad for the opportunity to give something back,” Gibson said.

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