John Travolta Donates to Nelson Mandela Foundation

June 20, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Actor John Travolta walks in the paddock before qualifying for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on Mar. 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Actor John Travolta walks in the paddock before qualifying for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on Mar. 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Actor and philanthropist John Travolta made a large donation to the Nelson Mandela Fund recently, according to a report from the BBC. Travolta was on a trip with his wife Kelly Preston in South Africa to observe part of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa when they made the donation.

Travolta and Preston donated about $9,320. The couple made the donation to help protect children who battle against a wide variety of communicable diseases.

While on site with the children who were to benefit from the donation to the Nelsen Mandela Foundation Travolta took some time to talk about his experience with raising children.

“Children keep you humble. Children keep you grounded,” Travolta was reported by BBC News as saying.

Travolta’s trip to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup was related to his work as a global goodwill ambassador for Qantas Airways. The New Jersey native will be in the country for a few weeks with his daughter Ella and his wife, who is expecting another child.

Travolta and Preston have both felt the effects of losing a child to a life threatening disease. Their son Jett battled with Kawasaki Disease and died from a seizure while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas in 2009. The rare disorder causes high fevers, skin peeling, and heart problems.

The family arrived in South Africa on June 10 after a stop in Buenos Aires. While in Argentina, Travolta worked to promote flights by Qantas Airways that fly from Argentina to Australia. The actor is an avid pilot who is licensed to fly anywhere in the world.

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