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The sultry hip-shaking singer who crooned the 2010 World Cup anthem last year was awarded a medal by the U.N. and honored at Oxford University for her work for impoverished kids. Her two charities, the Barefoot Foundation and the Pies Descalzos Foundation (created when she was 18), now run five schools in her homeland of Colombia.
After the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti last January, the 33 year old promised to build a new school in the Caribbean country's capital to provide education, food, clean water and sanitation services. She also collaborated on a charity single with Latin hottie Juanes to benefit victims of Chile's February quake through the local Habitat for Humanity and also performed I'll Stand By You at the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief concert, with a portion of the proceeds from iTunes sales going to Haiti relief funds.
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The humble husband of the original "Bachelorette," Trista Rehn, from the hit reality TV show manned up to the ultimate challenge. The "10 10 10 Challenge," that is. The Colorado firefighter completed 10 grueling endurance eventsÃ¢â‚¬”marathons, triathlons, mountain bike and road cycling racesÃ¢â‚¬”to raise money for First Descents, a nonprofit dedicated to helping young adults deal with the emotional effects of cancer through participating in outdoor sports, like kayaking and rock climbing.
By October, the 36-year-old father of two had trained 700 hours, traveled 8,500 miles, and raised $100,424 for First Descents. He ended the six-month-long charity "challenge" with the NYC marathon, which he finished in 3:20:39.
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Another well-known hunky hubby (aka, Mr. Fergie) broke a sweat for good. Last January, the film/TV actor mobilized relief by organizing a two-mile road race called "Youth Run 4 Haiti" on the beach of Santa Monica. All the money collected from the event (more than $72K) went to the American Red Cross to help Haiti, which had been recently rocked by a deadly earthquake.
Flexing his celeb muscle, the Transformers star lured his famous friends, including his "Las Vegas" costar Molly Sims and Glee babe Dianna Agron to join 2,500 runners in giving back.
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The petite 33-year-old chef and Vail restauranteur might not have won Bravo's Top Chef (Season 7) last summer, but we're still proud of her accomplishments, including helping launch a new local gardening initiative for kids called Sowing Seeds. Emphasizing the importance of nutrition, agriculture, and sustainability, the pilot program teaches kidsÃ¢â‚¬”right now, just the students of Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle, COÃ¢â‚¬”how to grow and sell their produce at the farmer's market.
Liken also led a five-day summer camp featuring classes like Grow it, Cook it! With a Chef and Ready, Set, Garden.
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This funny lady is serious about what's for lunchÃ¢â‚¬”for both kids and animals. Last November, the talk show queen urged Congress to support new legislationÃ¢â‚¬”the Improving Nutrition for America's Children ActÃ¢â‚¬”that will help schools serve up healthier options (more fruits, veggies, and low-fat meals) to combat childhood obesity.
DeGeneres is also looking out for her four-legged friends' nutrition plans. She recently teamed up with dog food firm Halo to feed homeless pooches and kitties (one million meals were donated to shelter pets awaiting adoption). Also, thirty percent of the proceeds from the sales of her comic book about her life called Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres (hit stores last March) go to the Humane Society.