"I'd like you to be my Valentine. That's right love, just you
and me. No-one else around, just us," Elba said while sipping
champagne in a video posted on website Omaze, which raises money
for charities through celebrity experiences.
By donating money to charity W.E. Can Lead, members of the
public are eligible to win a "candlelit meal" with the actor,
according to Omaze.
Proceeds from the auction will help finance the charity's aim of
offering mentorship, educational support and leadership skills
to teenaged girls in Sierra Leone.
Elba, best known for his role in U.S. television series "The
Wire", was last year named as one of the members of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars.
The actor, whose father is from Sierra Leone, is one of the
frontrunners to be cast as the next James Bond, the fictional
British spy movie franchise.
Isha Sesay, founder of W.E. Can Lead, said Elba was a "good
sport" for being involved, and that the response to the campaign
had so far been overwhelming.
"Idris and I were messaging earlier on and I said, 'I think we
may have a female stampede on our hands,'" she told the Thomson
Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview.
"He said, 'As long as we raise money.' He's completely
committed. He was a complete sweetheart."
(Reporting by Lin Taylor @linnytayls, Editing by Lyndsay
Griffiths. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the
charitable arm of Thomson Reuters that covers humanitarian
issues, conflicts, global land and property rights, modern
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