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One Night To Change Lives Charity Event In Association
With Dubai Cares & Oxfam To Be Attended By Colin & Livia Firth
Livia Firth Oxfam Ambassador & Ali Mostafa
  
Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth and his fashion entrepreneur wife Livia will attend the Dubai International Film Festival this year to support the annual One Night to Change Lives charity event under the patronage of UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

As Global Ambassadors for Oxfam, the Firth's along with Kristin Davis will be among other international celebrity attendees including Rooney Mara, Amr Waked and Ali Mostafa at the annual black-tie charity evening on December 14th at the prestigious Armani Hotel in Dubai. 2012 will be the second year that Colin Firth has attended DIFF, following his visit to promote the multi-award winning, record-breaking film, The King's Speech in 2010. All proceeds from the exclusive gala dinner and high-end auction featuring one-of-a-kind prizes donated by celebrity Oxfam partners will go to the UAE-based philanthropic organization Dubai Cares and global development and aid agency Oxfam.

DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: "We are honored to be involved in this prestigious event for another year, continuing our partnership with Dubai Cares and Oxfam. We also look forward to welcoming our celebrity guests to Dubai for what we are sure will be a successful event. Part of the DIFF remit is 'Bridging Cultures' so as the Festival grows, it is wonderful to be able to shine a spotlight on these worthy causes and charities whilst making a measurable, tangible difference to our global community."

Founded in 2007 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Cares is working to improve access to quality primary education for children in developing countries. Currently, Dubai Cares' primary education programs, implemented in partnership with international aid agencies and NGOs, are reaching 7 million children in 28 developing countries. The philanthropic organization expresses the UAE's commitment to achieve, by 2015, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDG 2 and 3), namely, to guarantee universal primary education and to promote gender equality, respectively. Dubai Cares is also helping to forge a global partnership for development, as represented by UN MDG 8.

Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, said: "We are pleased to be sharing once again this high profile stage with Oxfam and DIFF, united by a sense of compassion for children around the globe who deserve access to quality primary education and a sense of urgency to help them. We also welcome this opportunity to tell a global audience our story so far – a story that is five years in the making and one that is about transforming the lives of millions of children, their families and their communities."

Oxfam Chief Executive Barbara Stocking said: "We are delighted to be involved with the Dubai International Film Festival again and to see stars of stage and screen put their might behind Oxfam's life changing work."

Broadway star, TV star, and fashion icon Kristin Davis will also attend the event as a Global Ambassador for Oxfam. This will be the actress's first time attending DIFF. A long-time supporter of the charity, Kristin has traveled extensively with Oxfam to raise awareness of poverty related issues. In 2011 the charitable event raised over USD$1 million through ticket sales and the auctioning of money can't-buy prizes. The auction raised money to fund 14 schools in the region in addition to the support of Varkey GEMS Foundation, which funded 10 schools in Pakistan. This year the auction comprises a line-up of once in a lifetime opportunities including a VIP trip to New York to see Scarlett Johansson in the hit musical Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway as well as a meet and greet with the Hollywood superstar.

Amr Waked & Kristin Davis
Oxfam is an independent non-profit organization that works with others to overcome poverty and suffering around the world. Last year, Oxfam reached nearly 15 million through a range of programs and partnerships in 55 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, combining humanitarian assistance, long-term development, and advocacy to tackle the root causes of poverty.

Oxfam has worked with Dubai Cares since 2008 to improve access and quality education for nearly 63,000 school children in some of the world's poorest countries including Mali, Niger, and Pakistan.

Oxfam's Global Ambassadors include A-list actors Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Minnie Driver, Gael Garcia Bernal, Djimon Hounsou, Kristin Davis, and Rahul Bose; musicians Coldplay and Annie Lennox; Helena Christensen and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A number of Oxfam ambassadors are expected to attend the December event.

About DIFF
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is one of the leading film festivals in the Middle East and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The 9th edition of DIFF is set to take place between December 9 – 16, 2012.

The Investment Corporation of Dubai is the title sponsor of the Dubai International Film Festival and is held in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, home to the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award.


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