Last evening Sir Paul appealed to the 200 guests at a new Cherry Bar cocktail party held in his honor to open their wallets and "adopt-a-minefield" so that his dream of a world without the killer weapons can become a reality. He asked them to imagine living in a country where, after the end of a terrible war, one would no longer be able to walk on the beach or in the countryside for fear of stepping on a mine and being killed or severely injured. ''My take on the whole thing is that it's not a brave weapon. That's why I want to see the world rid of these weapons. We hope eventually - no, more than hope - we ARE going to clear this world of mines,'' he said.
Sir Paul's appeal hopes to raise funds to clear existing minefields, an effort which can cost from thousands up to millions of dollars depending on the complexity of the project. The campaign has raised $2.9 million to date and hopes to top $3 million with contributions from Friday evening's guests which included U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, designer Tommy Hilfiger, actors Aidan Quinn and Steve Buscemi, and band leader Paul Shaeffer.
Bill Leurs, president of the United Nations Association of the U.S., the organization which implements the Adopt-a-Minefield campaign, invited all the guests to yet an even larger fundraiser next month. The event, chaired by Sir Paul and Heather Mills, will be held in Los Angeles on June 14. Film director Steven Spielberg will also participate in the function.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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