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Sir Paul McCartney to launch Canadian driven international initiative to support landmine removal and survivor assistance at Los Angeles gala. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones to be honoured.

    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Pop music icon and former Beatles Sir Paul
McCartney will perform at the opening 'Night of a Thousand Dinners' on
September 23rd, at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. He will be joined
on the stage by singer-songwriter James Taylor.
    McCartney and his wife Heather Mills-McCartney are actively involved in
mine-action on an ongoing basis. The evening of the 23rd will also recognize
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones for their significant support of
demining activity in Cambodia and Afghanistan. They are part of a growing list
of celebrities lending their names and support to the cause including Jay
Leno, Rob Reiner, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Pierce Brosnan, Leonardo DiCaprio and
many others.
    "We are overwhelmed by the support that the McCartneys have given to the
mine action community," says Canadian Landmine Foundation President & CEO,
Scott Fairweather. "We are hopeful that the LA event is the first of many
dinners to follow over the coming period."
    Night of a Thousand Dinners was launched in 2000 by the Canadian Landmine
Foundation in association with the Adopt-A-Minefield program as a fundraising
program to clear landmines and support survivor assistance. Since that time,
it has generated support in 50 countries around the world. Canada has taken an
international leadership role in the area of mine-action and the driving force
behind the International Treaty to Ban Landmines, signed by over 140 nations.
There are currently estimated to be over 70 million landmines still buried in
the ground dating back to the first world war and injuring or killing someone
every 28 minutes, 24 hours a day.
    To participate in Night of a Thousand Dinners, this year centering on or
around November 6th, individuals can invite friends, neighbours, family and
business associates to dinner in their homes, or any kind of gathering of
their choice. Guests make contributions that go towards supporting mine-action
activity. Following registration on a website -, hosts are
sent a kit containing an assortment of resources designed to contribute to a
compelling and thought provoking evening.

For further information: interview requests: Harvey Wolfe, Cause and 
Effect Communications Inc., tel: (416) 873-6432, or

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