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April 9, 2013

Halle Berry, Michael Kors launch Watch Hunger Stop



NEW YORK (AP) — Halle Berry says she's a woman of compassion and Michael Kors says he's a man of action. Together, they want to make a dent in the battle against hunger around the world.

The actress and fashion designer announced a philanthropic campaign Monday called Watch Hunger Stop that includes raising money through the sale of a version of Kors' best-selling Runway watch. For each $295 watch sold, 100 meals will be provided to children through the U.N. World Food Programme.

Berry and Kors are planning to visit places together where the meals will be sent. They could land in Africa, in Syria, perhaps Central America.

The 46-year-old Berry, who is expecting her first child with fiance Olivier Martinez, said in an exclusive joint interview Saturday with Kors: "I hope we go while I'm pregnant, so I can talk about prenatal care."

"And I will have time off," she said, patting her belly and smiling. "I'm not working right now." (There was no sign of a baby bump in her chic black sheath with a bit of beading at the neckline.)

Berry, who has a 5-year-old daughter, said she wanted to meet and talk with mothers struggling to feed themselves and their children while she was expecting. It will help build a connection, she said.

"It's so important to me, being a mom, that I can help educate women on how important it is that when you have a healthy child, it helps set them up for life."

Kors and Berry hope to involve 5 million people, either through donations of time or money.

Berry, who supports the Jenesse Center, an anti-domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles, said working with the U.N. "is the next evolution in my philanthropic world. It puts my heart and compassion on a global scale."

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