An image of Sigourney Weaver in Gorillas in the mist

They say it is better to give than to receive and it seems like some celebrities believe this and have decided to use their star status to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

From raising money for charities to conserving wildlife, here are seven stars who have found a special cause to give back to out of the goodness of their hearts.

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Let's take a look at some of them.

Sigourney Weaver who plays Dian Fossey in the movie Gorillas in the Mist (9 August at 20:00 on TCM ) is actually the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International ambassador. She is passionate about apes and their habitats. She recently received the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award. 

Rochelle Aytes from Mistresses (Wednesday 17 August at 22:00 on VUZU AMP) is involved with the children’s charity Saving Innocence, which focuses on sex trafficking victims. 

Rochelle Aytes


Hugh Jackman hosted the Global Citizen Festival, which urges world leaders and citizens to do more to help the impoverished. See Hugh Jackman in Kate and Leopold on Wednesday 3 August at 10:20 on M-Net Movies Showcase.

Celebrities like Margot Robbie find weird and wonderful ways to give back. The actress took a bubble bath for Red Nose Day, which helps to raise money for kids in need. (See her in Z for Zacharia on BoxOffice)

Margot Robbie


Oprah has helped millions of people all over the world and invested heavily in empowering young girls by opening the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. (See her Sundays at 20:00 on TLC Entertainment)

Another star who gives back is Nicole Kidman who has been a Unicef ambassador since 1994. She also had a role in Photograph 51 in a bid to raise money for a cancer centre. (See her in The Interpreter on Tuesday 2 August at 20:00 on TCM). 

Ridiculousness Africa co-host Boity is contributing in her own way. She is on board for Reach For a Dream's #slipperday2016 taking place on Friday 5 August. See her in Ridiculousness Africa on 28 August at 21:15 on MTV