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William Shatner’s US$25,000 Gift to Habitat for Humanity

January 18, 2006

Actor William Shatner, Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk, has raised $25,000 for Habitat for Humanity by auctioning his kidney stone.

Shatner said the idea of selling the stone came up after US TV’s “Boston Legal” raised $20,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

The stone was purchased by a Los Angeles collector, well known for collecting oddities.

Shatner, who played Kirk on the original “Star Trek” TV show and won the Emmy for his role on “Boston Legal,” passed the stone last fall.

Shatner said the stone is so large “you’d want to wear it on your finger.”

“If you subjected it to extreme heat, it might turn out to be a diamond,” he added.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational Christian charity dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 200 000 houses and more than one million people are living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through low-cost, no-profit mortgages. Currently working in 100 countries around the globe, Habitat’s Europe & Central Asia regional headquarters are in Budapest, Hungary. The ECA region is actively fundraising, building and renovating homes with families in need.