WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SOS Children’s Villages, a global organization dedicated to the long-term care and prevention of orphaned and abandoned children, today announced that Alexander Skarsgard has helped raise over $35,000 for their programs.
Thanks to Mr. Skarsgård’s efforts, the majority of the funds were directly donated through the SOS web site. The auction of two True Blood television scripts on eBay – each one personally annotated and autographed by Mr. Skarsgard – brought in additional funds.
The donations to SOS Children’s Villages were the culmination of a good-natured, fund raising competition between Mr. Skarsgård and fellow True Blood cast member Stephen Moyer. Mr. Moyer’s supporters raised funds for the Gulf Relief Foundation.
“We are so privileged to have Alexander Skarsgård as a supporter of SOS,” said Heather Paul, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. “His commitment to SOS has raised awareness of the plight of orphaned and abandoned children. Through encouraging his fans to donate to SOS, we have raised thousands of dollars to help many in need, and we are grateful to Alexander for his contributions.”
Mr. Skarsgård’s career in the United States has most recently included a highly popular role as Eric Northman on True Blood. In addition to recently presenting at the Emmy Awards, Skarsgård is filming the movieBattleship, based on Hasbro’s popular board game, scheduled for release in 2012.
About SOS Children’s Villages
For 60 years, SOS Children’s Villages has been dedicated to the long-term care and prevention of orphaned and abandoned children. Through their Children’s Villages, Family Strengthening Programs, and other initiatives, SOS impacts the lives of over 1 million people each year. In 2009, SOS Children’s Villages received the Save the World Award. SOS has also received numerous honors including the Mother Teresa Gold Medal, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, and the Vietnam Friendship Medal.