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Will Smith auctions art to raise funds for UN food programme

Betwa Sharma/PTI  |  United Nations 

I / United Nations January 11, 2010, 10:50 IST

Hollywood superstar will auction a special artwork signed by music artists who performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, to raise funds for poor children.

The 'Hitch' star is joined by his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith in raising the money that will go towards providing food to more than 500,000 school children in Haiti.

The artwork will be sold by UN's World Food Programme (WFP) and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation on eBay.

The art is based on a map of world hunger. It is decorated with personalised silhouettes drawn by Smith, his family and the artists who performed at the concert, according to WFP.

"There can be no true peace in the world while there is hunger," Smith, wrote on his silhouette on the map.

Along with his wife, Smith co-hosted the concert held in the Norwegian capital on December 2 to honour the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, US President Barack Obama.

The artists who participated in the artwork are Wyclef Jean, Natasha Bedingfield, Toby Keith, Westlife, Esperanza Spalding, Alexander Rybak, Amadou & Mariam, Donna Summer, Lang Lang and Luis Fonsi.

In his Nobel acceptance speech, Obama had said, "Security does not exist where human beings do not have access to enough food... where children cannot aspire to a decent education."

First Published: Mon, January 11 2010. 10:50 IST