Keanu Reeves offers virtual date for charity

Reeves has been donating money to cancer charities for years to honour his sister who battled leukemia

Entertainment Desk June 16, 2020
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 14: Keanu Reeves arrives for his handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX forecourt on May 14, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

A US-based children's cancer charity just got a boost of star power courtesy of Keanu Reeves.

The actor, who for years has reportedly been quietly donating time and money to cancer charities in honour of his sister who battled leukemia, is offering a 15-minute Zoom call to the highest bidder in a nearly 50-lot auction for Camp Rainbow Gold, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

The organisation's mission statement is to "provide emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer and their families," and the auction serves to boost fundraising efforts for Camp Rainbow Gold following a postponed event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We quickly realised we wouldn’t be the only ones moving our fundraiser to an online auction,” said Camp Rainbow Gold executive director Elizabeth Lizberg. "We also realised after months at home, people are craving connections and experiences that are safe but fulfilling."

Reeves, who is said to be on offer to answer questions and maybe share a (virtual) glass of wine, is joined by other notable names including former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke who will perform a 15-minute private Zoom concert; legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen, who will mimic some of his memorable characters like Jimmy Neutron while also donating swag and a recorded voicemail message.

Other offers include a signed Andy Grammer guitar; a spa day; custom tattoo design; and getaways to Mexico, a dude ranch, and Sun Valley.

The full auction offerings can be found here. The campaign opens on June 15 at 12 p.m. PST and closes seven days later on June 22. Camp Rainbow Gold provides services free of charge to more than 400 Idaho family members, is supported by more than 300 volunteers from across the nation and has been accredited through the American Camp Association since 2002.

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