When George Stroumboulopoulos received the first ever Swarovski Humanitarian Award from Playback at yesterday's fifth annual Film and Television Hall of Fame Gala, we were there to ask him about his humanitarian work and if there was any way we could support his efforts as the first Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations Word Food Programme.
A few hours later I had fed 32 souvlakis and 200 grains of rice to people online. Watch our video with George at the awards to see what I mean:
George has also been involved with Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund (Canada), the Canada-Africa Partnership on AIDS, War Child Canada, and Make Poverty History. He currently sits on the Board for The David Suzuki Foundation and Artists For Peace and Justice (APJ). We were at their TIFF fundraising event, which George co-hosted with Paul Haggis and Gerard Butler, and they raised a record-breaking amount of more than $400,000.
The Swarovski Humanitarian Award was presented to George by Peter Mansbridge, who said he was an "impeccable choice".
George gave thanks to his friend, Newstalk 1010 host Jim Richards, saying he "taught me how to be myself on the radio", his mother, who was also in the audience, and his CBC team.
Check out more of the talented members of the Canadian Film and Television community who were honored at last night's awards this video.