Orlando Bloom Gives the Shirt Off His Back for Charity

When he’s not shooting blockbuster films, Orlando Bloom has devoted himself to helping those in need, even to the point of giving the shirt off his back to auction it off for charity.

Bloom has since raised $71,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by auctioning his shirts during his Broadway run as the titular hero in “Romeo and Juliet.”

Back in December, the thesp told Variety, “I would have auctioned off everything. (The winners) would come backstage and we would we’d make a big (deal of it) downstairs. We got a Polaroid camera, and they could take my shirt off. And then I’d sign it as Romeo and Orlando. It was cute.”

But the Canterbury, U.K.-born actor is no newcomer to philanthropy. A Unicef Goodwill Ambassador since 2009, Bloom first got involved with the org in 2007 when he travelled to Nepal to visit schools in the country’s poorest regions. He has since returned to Nepal to oversee water and sanitation projects and has been recognized by Unicef for his commitment to the rights of children around the world.

Bloom’s work with the org has also brought him to Moscow and Sarajevo and led him to support Unicef U.K.’s Soccer Aid 3 initiative, for which he hosted a telethon in 2010. Even though his philanthropic work has taken him all over the world, Bloom has joined Hollywood ecological efforts by supporting last year’s Global Green pre-Oscars event and participating in the climate rally February 2013 in L.A.

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