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Matt Damon livens up Davos with humorous speech

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 - 01:42

Matt Damon reads out his Golden Globes speech while receiving a Crystal Award for his humanitarian work at the WEF in Davos. Rollo Ross reports

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Matt Damon added a bit of levity to proceedings at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday January 21st when he received a Crystal Award for his humanitarian work. SOUNDBITE Actor and Co-Founder of water.org, Matt Damon (English), saying: "This is a really, really big honour and I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This was, sorry, that's the wrong speech. This is the Golden Globe speech I never got to give. I know I didn't win but to be honest, I kind of want to give this speech anyway. It's pretty good, there is this part where I talk about what it was like working with Michael Douglas and I get kind of emotional. It's really good. And then I get a big kiss from Bono. Anyway, I'll do that next year maybe." Jokes aside, Damon was there for his work as co-founder of water.org, which aims to ensure everyone around the world has access to safe drinking water. SOUNDBITE Actor and Co-Founder of water.org, Matt Damon (English), saying: "Access to water is access to education, access to work, access above all to the kind of future we want for our own families and all the members of our human family." Damon's passion for his campaign was increased after meeting a 14-year-old girl who told Damon of her dreams and ambitions while he was on a humanitarian mission to Zambia. SOUNDBITE Actor and Co-Founder of water.org, Matt Damon (English), saying: "Had someone not sunk a borewell within a mile of her house, she wouldn't have dreams of going to school, she would be spending her entire life scavenging for water. And it struck me because I connected to this kid, she reminded me of me and Ben Affleck when we were 14 and we were going to the big city of New York and be actors, and I know what it is to have a dream like that and every kid should have one." Previous Crystal Award winners have included Amitabh Bachchan, Jet Li, and Emma Thompson.

Matt Damon livens up Davos with humorous speech

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 - 01:42

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