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Matt Damon works with One Campaign to raise awareness of poverty

By Emily Morgan

August 25, 2008 at 1:26pm

People Magazine’s sexiest man of the year, Matt Damon, is also the face of the ONE Campaign; a nonprofit organization that raises public awareness about the global issues of hunger, poverty, and disease.

Damon appears in the group’s latest video, speaking to the camera, while his voice is replaced by high-powered political figures from both the Republican and the Democrat parties.

Both first-lady contenders Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain speak lines in the advertisement for the non-partisan organization, as does New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The ad focuses on the progress that has been made in educating children, providing medication to people with AIDS, and decreasing the number of children dying from preventable disease.

It ends with a plea for continued support from Americans. Damon mouths, “But there’s still more to do. In this election year, please join the millions of Americans from every party - Democrats, Republicans, independents - who are coming together as ONE. We welcome your voice.”

The One Campaign website posts a side-by-side comparison of plans by Barack Obama and John McCain to address issues such as reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, eradicating malaria, and achieving universal primary education. The organization strives to bring the issues of poverty and hunger to the forefront of the presidential campaign.

The One Campaign partners with many humanitarian and religious organizations, including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity and Keep a Child Alive.

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