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Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman started a charity foundation with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. Their charity is for performing arts and it was created in their native Australia.
The couple, married for 18 years, set up the Jackman Furness Foundation for Performing Arts. It will support art education groups in Australia, such as Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts. It educated students in theatre, dance and music.
The star shared a photo on Instagram.com, presenting the charity’s logo on Tuesday, April 22. The caption said, “Excited to announce the Jackman Furness Foundation! An initiative we hope will make dreams come true.”
Jackman, a 1994 WAAPA alum himself, will host a cabaret performance for their guests at the academy on May 17, as the initial fundraiser to raise money for their charity. Foundation trustee Geoff Michael said, “Deborra-lee and Hugh are both passionate about supporting the performing arts, and excited to be launching their foundation in Perth where Hugh’s career began.”
The Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts, with Jack Thompson, Australian legend, as founding patron, has a goal of raising at least $10 million in the next four years to support the academy and other WA performance entities.
Thompson and Jackman made the plan to support WAAPA, a school of Edith Cowan University, while they were filming Australia in the Kimberley in 2007.
Thompson’s son Bill graduated from WAAPA in 2013.
Thompson has also said he hoped the foundation could help with the gap between WAAPA’s Federal and State funding and what it needed to train its music, dance, drama and design students.