Charities & Activism

ADOPT-A-MINEFIELD

Adopt-A-Minefield is a global partnership for mine action with campaigns in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden. The global campaign is one of the leading mine action organisations in the world through the dedication of Board members, staff in each country campaign, and the help of Goodwill Ambassadors Heather Mills McCartney and Paul McCartney.

The Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign helps save lives by raising funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance and by raising awareness about the landmine issue. Adopt-A-Minefield works primarily through the United Nations to clear fields in the some of the most heavily mined countries in the world and with a number of organisations to provide relief to landmine survivors.

Website: http://healthychild.org/


Activities: donations, charity events


Events

2001 Benefit Gala

The inaugural Adopt-A-Minefield Benefit Gala was held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on June 14, 2001.   Jay Leno hosted the evening, which featured performances by singer/songwriters Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, marking the first time the two musical legends appeared together on stage. The event raised $500,000 for mine action.  Those in attendance included Penny Marshall, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Julia Ormond, John Larroquette, Sheryl Crow, Larry King, James Cromwell, Steven Stills, Roger Daltry, Hans Zimmer, Jaclyn Smith, Lea Thompson, Steven Seagal and Gary Busey. 

The AAM Humanitarian Award was presented to Radosav “Zika” Zivkovic.   In 1992, Zika was a young man working at a factory in Pale when the Bosnian war broke out.   He was conscripted into the army and two years later, lost his leg to a PMA-2 mine.  In 1999, five years after his accident, Zika co-founded STOP Mines, one of three non-governmental demining organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the first in the Republika Srpska.  In addition to undertaking clearance operations, Zika has helped educate school children, factory workers, hunters, fishermen, and farmers about the mine problem in his country.


2003 Benefit Gala

Adopt-A-Minefield’s third annual, star-studded Benefit Gala was held on September 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. AAM Goodwill Ambassadors, Paul and Heather McCartney once again hosted the event with long-time friends and supporters, Ralph and Wendy Whitworth.

Nearly 1,200 supporters attended the sold-out event and enjoyed a magical evening of song provided by musical giants, Paul McCartney and James Taylor. Honorees included Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who not only donated funds to clear a minefield in Cambodia, but also raised nearly $450,000 to support emergency demining in Afghanistan. Other honorees included Bobby Muller, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, who has been at the forefront of the movement to ban landmines around the world, and the International Baccalaureate students, who raised over $140,000 in two years to clear two minefields in Cambodia and support survivor assistance programs. The honorees received a special award designed by Paul McCartney. The gala was once again emceed by the incomparable Jay Leno and raised an astounding €0.891 million.


Sheryl Crow, Gala honoree Bobby Muller, and AAM Board Chair Nancy Rubin.


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