Shatner SPPLATs For Charity

By Michelle
August 27, 2003 - 10:29 PM

"I was moved to tears watching these children struggle with their handicap...and I wanted to help," said William Shatner (Captain Kirk) of his devotion to the Hollywood Charity Horse Show that he sponsors every year.

Speaking to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin in anticipation of a weekend Creation convention in New York, the actor discussed his humanitarian commitments.

"I was putting on this horse show and wanted to benefit a children's charity," he said, explaining that seeing a woman teaching disabled children to ride was inspirational to him. The money from his horse show benefits the children's charity Ahead with Horses and others.

Shatner said he also planned to attend SPPLAT Attack II, a paintball event this weekend in Pennsylvania, to benefit the horse show.

Though his wife Elizabeth was initially reluctant to get involved, calling the sport "'all that machismo'", Shatner said that she has become good enough to serve as his sharpshooter.

Being splattered by zealous fans is a small price to pay, he added: "Last year we were able to give $25,000 to $35,000 to the charity after the paintball event, and we're hoping that will be the same or more this year."

For more on the actor's projects, including his plan to direct and "probably act" in the film Fires of Hate, see the full article here.

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