Belfast Telegraph

Klass urges global aid contribution

Myleene Klass has urged Britons to give to the poor in other countries as they are all part of a "global village" where "we all need each other."

The singer and TV star joined Samantha Cameron and local schoolchildren at a charity woolly jumper workshop for Save The Children.

They sat with pupils from Manorfield School in Poplar, east London, to decorate Christmas jumpers with pom-poms, tinsel, glitter and paper stars.

Save The Children wants people to donate £1 each for wearing a woolly jumper on December 13, and has already smashed its original target of a million donations by 600,000.

Myleene said: "As soon as (Typhoon) Haiyan hit, so many people said we should help our own. My reply is, they are your own.

"Your tea this morning came from Bangladesh, the clothes that you're wearing, I dare say, came from an Asian country, the doctor that you go and see with your Christmas cold may have been trained in Pakistan."

The singer, whose mother came to Britain from the Philippines to train as a nurse, said immigrants were "supporting the UK infrastructure" while their home countries went without roads, clothing or clean water.

She said: "Speak to one of those children: this is multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-everything, myself included, my children included. We all need each other and that's the bottom line."

Myleene, a mother of two, called Mrs Cameron "a hugely inspirational woman" and said they had bonded over their children and busy schedules. She joked that she had worn her highest heels when she realised how tall Mrs Cameron was - only to find press photos were being taken while they were sitting down.

Both women are ambassadors for Save the Children, which says 6.6 million children die each year from avoidable diseases like diarrhoea and malnutrition.


From Belfast Telegraph