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Sunday 28 May 2017

Neeson in town looking for change

Martha Kearns

HOLLYWOOD star Liam Neeson jetted into Dublin Airport yesterday to mark the ?4m milestone reached by a campaign he launched six years ago.

The actor took a break from filming the new Batman movie in an effort to get airline passengers to depart with their loose change for charity.

The 'Change for Good' programme - run by Unicef Ireland and Aer Lingus - was launched by the actor six years ago and has now raised in excess of ?4m for the charity's work in 157 countries worldwide.

Money is raised by Aer Lingus passengers donating their foreign notes and coins on transatlantic flights. One in every two Aer Lingus passengers donated onboard last year. "The generosity of the Irish people is phenomenal and makes me feel so proud," Mr Neeson said yesterday.

Last year, money raised from 'Change for Good' helped support Unicef's measles immunisation campaign in over 25 countries, saving the lives of more than 80,000 children.

It has also helped a back-to-school programme in Afghanistan, providing textbooks to 1.5 million children so they could return to their classrooms following the armed conflict.

"Small change can and does make a huge difference," the actor said.

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