Actress Eliza Dushku has launched an online charity fundraiser to mark her birthday.
The Bring it On star turned 32 on Sunday (30Dec12), and she has asked her fans to forgo sending her gifts and instead donate to Uganda's Thrive-Gulu organisation, which helps victims of war through educational programs.
Dushku has set up an online fundraising page on Crowdrise.com, and explained to fans why the cause means so much to her.
In an accompanying post, she writes, "We are currently renovating a small building on the acre of land we recently purchased -With Your Help/Donations Over The Last 2 Years- in the war torn town of Gulu, northern Uganda. This site is where we will eventually build our permanent THRIVE-GULU Trauma Healing and Reflection Center. Presently there is a small building on the land that we have received funds to renovate. This will serve as our temporary home.
"Would you take a moment and consider helping us pay for installing electrical wiring and generators for our computer classes and for other outreach work we are presently doing in the area? It will cost us only $8,500 to provide Light and electricity to this building, which would then allow us to operate effectively and utilize 20 new donated laptops and desktops that are being delivered just this month. Scores of people can then be trained to use the World Wide Web to empower their lives. This small cost would make the THRIVE Center an ever enduring light in the Gulu community."