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Huntington-Whiteley ‘inspired by Cambodia visit’

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley recalls the “heartbreaking” stories she heard on charity visit.

The model-and-actress visited the country to record an appeal film for charity UNICEF.

The 26-year-old visited children living in overcrowded slum villages around the capital of Phnom Penh who are struggling against poverty, hunger and disease.

“I’ve been so inspired by the children I’ve met on my first day in Cambodia, despite the conditions they live in,” British newspaper The Mirror quotes Rosie as saying. “It was heartbreaking to meet a mum whose baby daughter died from diarrhoea when she was just six months old because of the sewage and dirty conditions. When children get ill here, they don’t always have access to medicine or clean water to be able to get better.”

The Transformers: Dark of the Moon actress posted a series of photographs to her Instagram account of the trip. A number of the images show Rosie with local children, including one where they are all blowing a kiss to the camera. But it wasn’t all fun and games for Rosie, as she found out how many children lose their lives to preventable illnesses.

“I was shocked to learn that around 50 children under the age of five die every day in Cambodia from diseases that can be easily prevented, like diarrhoea,” she said. "Yet it costs so little to help save a child’s life.”

Rosie’s appeal film will be broadcast during Soccer Aid, a charity match featuring football legends and celebrities on June 8, in aid of the children’s organisation.

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