James McAvoy was so shocked when he witnessed the real-life drama faced by street children in Africa that he is now supporting a Manchester-charity fighting to improve the lives of youngsters.
The star first became aware of the heartbreaking struggle of thousands of children, who wake up in plastic bags, drains or rubbish dumps every day with little chance of finding food, when he starred in Last King of Scotland which was filmed in Uganda in 2006.
McAvoy was so touched by his experience that he became a passionate supporter of Retrak, which helps to provide homes for street children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
McAvoy shot to fame when he appeared in the TV series Shameless. He fell in love with his co-star Anne-Marie Duff and the couple have since married and had a son. The actor took time out from shooting his next film Trance, a drama thriller directed by Radcliffe’s Danny Boyle, to urge support for Retrak’s ZERO Appeal which runs until December 5. He said: "No human being, never mind a child, should wake up in the morning not knowing how they’ll get through the day.
"The street restricts these children’s access to food, water, shelter and denies them love and instead offers neglect, exploitation and abuse in abundance.
"That’s why I support Retrak’s call for a world where no child is forced to live on the streets."
To support the Retrak ZERO Appeal visit www.retrak.org/zero , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 485 6685. To donate £10 text: ‘ZERO12 £10’ to 70070.