Wedding Gift for Charities from William and Kate
Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent
PRINCE William and Kate Middleton revealed their alternative wedding list today -- 26 charities which could make thousands from their marriage.
They have set up a fund online where wellwishers and guests can make donations instead of buying a traditional gift. The royal couple have picked charities from a London Zoo project to save the black rhino in Kenya -- where they were engaged -- to a bereavement charity working with children of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Many of the charities help children escape poverty or reach their potential, such as Dance United, which teaches young offenders from inner-city London and street children in Ethiopia.
Website royalweddingcharityfund. org will benefit groups in Britain, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. William arrives in New Zealand tomorrow to view the devastation, and flies to flood-hit Australia at the weekend.
The Household Cavalry Benevolent Fund and the Irish Guards Appeal are on the list. William was recently made colonel of the Irish Guards.
Also benefiting is Greenhouse, which was set up on a housing estate in 2002 and uses sport and dance to boost the aspirations of London's young "dispossessed". It said the wedding fund would enable it to employ more coaches. Greenhouse chief executive Michael de Giorgio added: "The royal couple have shown the entrepreneurialism required to tackle the most pressing social problems. With their support, these important charities will be given the opportunity to grow."
Clarence House said many of the groups has been chosen because their unsung work resonated with the couple. …