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OTRC: Gwen Stefani donates $1 million to Japan relief efforts

Gwen Stefani performs in concert at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA on May 23, 2007. (flickr.com/photos/36292117@N00/)

Gwen Stefani of the ska and rock group No Doubt has donated $1 million to help with relief efforts in Japan following this month's deadly tsunami and earthquake.

"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture," a message on the band's website quoted Stefani as saying.

"The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help," she added. "I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."

Stefani's donation was made to the Save the Children organization's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.

"We are very grateful to have such a generous donation from Gwen Stefani for our relief efforts in Japan," Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children, said in a statement. "Save the Children has been in Japan for 25 years and we are working closely with our teams on the ground to address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and their families whose lives were turned upside down by this tragedy."

A T-shirt designed by Stefani will be sold on No Doubt's website next week. All proceeds are set to go to relief efforts in Japan, the group said.

Many celebrities have pledged their support to help those affected by the disasters in Japan. Last week, it was announced that actress Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga designed a "We Pray For Japan" wristband, with all proceeds going directly to Japan.

Charlie Sheen, who has been bogged down by personal and legal problems in recent months, notably his firing from "Two and a Half Men" and a custody battle with his estranged wife over their 2-year-old twin sons, has also pledged his support.

The actor is set to perform several live shows across the United States and says $1 from each ticket sold is set to go to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund.

Click here to learn how you can donate to the relief effort.
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