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Rich Brits Drop Pounds to Save Child

5/14/2007 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Some of England's wealthiest celebs are shelling out a fortune to help fund the search for a 4-year-old British girl who has gone missing in Portugal. This gives new meaning to the term "giving back."
JK Rowling, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell
Harry Potter authoress J.K. Rowling, Virgin titan Sir Richard Branson and "Idol" judge Simon Cowell have all ponied up to help find Madeleine McCann, who has been missing since May 2. According to the News of the World, Rowling donated in excess of $495,000, while Branson and Cowell chipped in $198,000 and $99,000, respectively.

Rowling's fortune has been estimated at $1 billion, Branson's at a megastore $7 billion, while Simon's said to be worth about $85 million ... slightly more than "Idol" raised in the recent "Idol Gives Back" event.

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Barbara    

What world do people live in? Being Doctors, I assume they read the newspaper, watch the news. How in God's name does anyone think there isn't someone observing with a hidden agenda. Times have changed. Awareness must be a daily thing, tiresome as it is. And in this case a child's life.....If the people supposedly seen with her were the same people seen taking pictures of children on the beach how could you not think child porn or black market adoption? What better place for pedophiles or those who traffic to them than a "family resort filled with children". somehow people seem to live in a Fool's Paradise and when you speak as I am, you are considered paranoid. In today's world a little paranoia can save your life or someone else's. How many pedophiles do you think are in Disney World daily??? or at your favorite summer beach resort?????Pay attention, save a life.

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Barbara    

What world do people live in? Newspapers, news reports all tell us we cannot let our guard down, tiresome as that is. A little paranoia can save your life and someone else's. Family resorts are a magnet for pedophiles. How many do you think go to DisneyWorld everyday or your favorite beach resort? They are there. Watching and waiting for an opportunity. That meal will stick in their throats forever. They have to live with the guilt and that sweet child is probably in the hands of black market adoption people or child portn purveyors. If people were seen taking pictures at the beach of children, wasn't that a clue????Unless it is a bona fide photographer (and even then....) this should have caused suspicion. Ever alert is the only way to be. A Fool's Paradise is a costly place to live in. This is 2007 and even observing someone showing an untoward intereset in any child should be brought to the attention of the parents or the police. Better to falsely accuse than wring your hands over what is done. We are all stewards of the world and each other. Participate. Save a life.

2720 days ago
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lor    

The comments seem harsh but the parents were criminally negligent. Anything can happen to a child when left alone. Even to wake up and call out for an adult when no one is there can be traumatizing to a child. I am sure they will live with that guilt for the rest of their lives. It's great that some celebrities chose this kidnapped child to offer cash reward, but everday thousands of children go missing. It seems somehow usjust.

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