BOSTON (May 1) – Oscar nominee Keira Knightley has donated the gorgeous Vera Wang dress she wore on the red carpet in March to help Oxfam aid people in East Africa who are living through the worst drought and food crisis in decades.
The dress was auctioned on eBay through noon today (May 1). It was purchased by an American resident of Chicago for $7,864.48.
"It's brilliant that this dress has raised this much money," said Knightley. "I know it will go a long way to help the people facing this food crisis in East Africa. Oxfam's teams are working hard to distribute food and provide clean drinking water, as well as giving longer term support to help people rebuild their lives. All of us can do something to support this fantastic work and it will make a real difference," she added.
The drought afflicting East Africa is putting millions at risk of starvation and disease, especially young children. Donations to this appeal are still urgently needed from people who want to be caring like Keira.
Keira Knightley was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice." The young actress, who is to replace Kate Moss as the face of Chanel, wore the dress to the Oscars with a vintage 1960's Bulgari necklace on March 5, 2006.
Keira Knightley is not available for interviews. Please speak with Oxfam’s Adrienne Smith for interviews.
Oxfam America is a Boston-based, global non-profit that works to end poverty through saving lives, strengthening communities, and campaigning for change. For more information, visit www.oxfamamerica.org.