Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, fellow actress Isla Fisher, have donated $1 million to charity to help aid Syrian refugees.
Cohen, best known for his roles in Borat and Les Misérables, and Fisher, star of the upcomingKeeping Up with the Joneses, split the donation between Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee, according to Save the Children.
The portion for Save the Children will go toward vaccinating more than 250,000 children against measles in Northern Syria. The other half of the donation will go toward families in need — especially women and children — in Syria and in neighboring countries, according to the charity.
“By allowing us to make their generous donation to Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today,” Justin Forsyth, Save the Children CEO said in a statement. “The couple’s donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children.”
David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said in a statement: “Sacha and Isla’s donation is a great expression of humanity, and a challenge to do more for the most vulnerable.”
Cohen and Fisher star alongside Mark Strong in the upcoming spy-comedy The Brothers Grimsby, due out in March.
Who knew the man behind ‘Borat’ was so generous and in-tune with global issues?