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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 - www.1000dinners.com, hosts are sent a kit containing an assortment of resources designed to contribute to a compelling and thought provoking evening. -30-
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