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Zeta-Jones gets on her bike for child safety

Apr 3 2006

Claire Hill, Western Mail

 

OSCAR-WINNING actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has given her support to a new fundraising event for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The mother-of-two is urging everyone to get on their bike for the charity's first nationwide family fundraising event.

The Swansea-born actress, who is currently filming Mostly Martha in New York, took time out to support the Big Bike Ride yesterday.

She said, "This is a wonderful example of how individuals and organisations can think creatively about how they can support the NSPCC and play a part in the safe future of children in Wales."

Zeta-Jones, who will star alongside Aaron Eckhart in her new romantic comedy, is a well known supporter of the charity.

She said, "I may be in the USA but I have not forgotten my roots in Wales.

"My childhood in Wales was a very happy one. However, I know that not all children are so lucky and I therefore want to do all I can, especially as a parent myself, to help keep them free from harm."

Zeta-Jones has two children with husband Michael Douglas - Dylan, five, and Carys, two, and recently built a £2m second home in Swansea.

She said, "Wales is still my home and I am delighted to be part of the NSPCC's very important work across the country."

The Big Bike Ride aims to bring families together, regardless of age or fitness levels, to organise their own bike rides and raise money for charity.

Jo Carter, NSPCC Big Bike Ride co-ordinator, said, "It does not matter whether you plan to cycle the length of the country, or just enjoy an afternoon ride around the local park; it is the taking part that counts."

A whole host of celebrities will be joining the charity on the weekend from June 30 to July 2, including ex-Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman.

 

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