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Chelsea Fundraiser Helps Support Those In Africa

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Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and supermodel Heidi Albertsen were among those in Chelsea earlier this week to help raise money for "Life Project for Africa.”

All funds raised will go to the NJIA Health Center in Tanzania.

"I have been to Africa many times, gratefully, on modeling shoots. I went to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilomanjaro which is 19,340 feet,” Albersten said.

She said she early career explorations of Africa made her sympathize with the problems the country faces today.

"I saw the poverty of the people and unfortunate struggling and need and medication and no cleaning water and little children standing on the streets begging for pencils and wanting to learn and have education," she said.

Russell, who was inspired to support the project because of Albertsen’s passion and devotion, says it's well worth the effort.

"It's not that expensive, you know, to take care of a life in Africa and to take care of a lot of lives,” he said. “It's actually very inexpensive. And so the money we raise is very, very helpful."

The Batmobile, from the days when Adam West played “Batman,” and the Black Beauty, driven by Bruce Lee in "The Green Hornet," were two of the valuable items auctioned off at the fundraiser.

"This car was built off of the 1955 Ford Futura, which was a concept car made by Ford in 1955,” explained Chris DeFalco, a representative for the Batmobile. “And then 10 years later, George Barris commissioned it to be the Batmobile."

"It's got a 514-inch stroker engine, that's a 705 Horsepower. This one should go over 200 miles an hour,” said Anthony Taffuri, owner of A&A Limousine of the Black Beauty. “The flamethrower works, navigation system, 2,000 WATT stereo, and every possible gadget is in the car."

Albertsen said she believes that when it comes to philanthropy, Africa is a great place to start.

"If we take care of Africa and prevent diseases from happening there and making sure that they have proper health, we are also saving ourselves!" she said.

To find out more about Life Project for Africa, go to LifeProjectAfrica.org.

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