Following in the footsteps of Oscar winner Sandra Bullock , Gwen Stefani has pledged to donate $1 million to earthquake-relief efforts in Japan.
The No Doubt singer and solo star announced on Wednesday that she had written a major check to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to help with recovery efforts in the devastated nation.
“I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture,” Stefani said in a target="_blank">statement posted on the No Doubt website. “The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking, and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”
Stefani, who also is a clothing designer, is asking her fans to get in on the action as well, by pledging to unveil a limited-edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt from her L.A.M.B. clothing line on No Doubt’s website, with all proceeds from sales going to help the relief efforts.
In addition, a charity auction will be announced next week that will offer the chance to join Stefani at a special fundraiser in Los Angeles. She also encouraged her fans to donate directly to Save the Children if they want to get involved.
Internet sensation Rebecca Black, who announced on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Tuesday that she’s giving proceeds from her “Friday” single to Japan relief, also is donating profits from the sales of an “It’s Friday” T-shirt to the American Red Cross’ efforts in the stricken country.
For more information on what you can do to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan head to MTV Act, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.