What do Jeremy Irons and Davis have in common?

Jeremy Irons. Courtesy photo

Jeremy Irons. Courtesy photo

Academy Award-winning actor and United Nations goodwill ambassador Jeremy Irons recently agreed to provide narration for an upcoming promotional video of the Davis-based nonprofit organization Sahaya International.

Sahaya International, which is run exclusively by volunteers, was founded in 1999 by Davis resident Koen Van Rompay and his friends to provide assistance to organizations in developing countries.

Through their work, support programs have been provided for more than 220 orphans, three schools have been constructed and many HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment programs have been established in Asia and Africa.

“To bring our organization to the next level, we felt the need to make a good promotional video,” Van Rompay said in a news release. “For the past year we have been collaborating with Emmy-nominated actor/director Andy Lauer and his Hollywood-based organization Reelaid.

“Andy and his team traveled with me to India a year ago to shoot the footage. The editing of the video is making good progress, and we hope to have the premiere here in Davis later this year.”

Added Sahaya president Ramin Yazdani, “We are extremely delighted and humbled that Jeremy Irons recently told Andy Lauer that he will provide the narration pro bono.”

A three-minute trailer of the video is available online now at http://vimeo.com/31501864.

“While most of the money to complete the movie has already been raised, there is still opportunity for sponsorship,” Van Rompay added. “People or businesses who are interested to see their names in the credits can find information at www.sahaya.org.”

In meantime, Davis residents can help Sahaya with a simple vote. Sahaya was nominated recently for a Heroes with a Heart Award, given by the CTK Foundation. The winner is decided upon by voting via Facebook, and receives a $5,000 award.

From among 64 contestants, Sahaya is in second place only a few votes behind the front-runner. Voting closes April 15.

To cast a vote for Sahaya, visit http://sahaya.org/heroes-of-the-heart.html and follow the instructions.

“It only takes a minute of your time to vote, but the $5,000 award can support 14 orphans for one full year,” Van Rompay said. “So please vote.”

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