Hollywood superstar thanks Upstate high school students - FOX Carolina 21

Hollywood superstar thanks Upstate high school students

Posted: Updated:
Eastside High School students watch a YouTube message from Colin Farrell. (Aug. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Eastside High School students watch a YouTube message from Colin Farrell. (Aug. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Irish actor Colin Farrell can be seen on the big screen this summer in Total Recall, but he's also hitting some local computer screens this week.

The Hollywood movie star has given a YouTube shout-out to some high school students in the Upstate.

"Hello Eastside High. I am recording this message to tell you all how grateful I am that you've chosen FAST," said celebrity Colin Farrell in the video.  

He singled out Eastside High school in Taylors for choosing The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics as their Spirit Week charity for 2012.

Students will host fundraising activities for a full week in September for the cause.

FAST Representative Paula Evans said Farrell recorded the message during some downtime he had on the set of a film. Farrell has a child that has been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, and he believes the school's fundraising help could lead them to a cure.

Angelman Syndrome is rare neuro-genetic disorder that causes developmental delays, speech issues and seizures. Right now, anyone diagnosed with AS requires lifelong care but researchers are working for a cure.

For that reason, FAST said Eastside High School's donation will make a big difference. In the past, the school has raised almost $230,000 in just one Spirit Week.

"If we can raise a good amount of funds, their families are changed," said student government member Molly Wike. "It will be very personal for them."

After the special message from Farrell, students said the sky is the limit for what they should be able to achieve this September.

"Just to see that someone as big as Colin Farrell would do that for us, who knows what we could do in the future," said student government member Addie Patterson Wilson.  

Spirit Week officially begins Sept. 1.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.