Actor Johnny Depp has made a significant donation to an Australian children’s hospital as part of an $1.17 million gift to charity.
The charity donation came after the sale of NFTs, or non fungible tokens – digital assets that represent real-life products such as artworks or video games.
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Depp has his own NFT community called Never Fear Truth.
The sum raised has been split between the Perth Children’s Hospital, the UK-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Robert Downey Jr’s Footprint Coalition, which raises money for non-profit organisations that are focused on environmental sustainability.
Johnny Depp has donated to the Perth Children’s Hospital. File image. Credit: Mondadori Portfolio/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images
“Johnny Depp’s Never Fear Truth NFT sale was always intended to benefit charities and we are pleased to be able to confirm that nearly $800,000 (AUD $1.17m) in total donations have been contributed,” Never Fear Truth tweeted.
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation issued a statement on its Twitter page thanking the actor for his donation.
“Thank you so much for your generosity in helping support in helping PCHFWA and WA sick kids,” it said.
“These funds will make a significant impact in helping keep Perth Children’s Hospital world-class for our children and families.”
In an Instagram post, Never Fear Truth said the money raised was a “tremendous accomplishment, making this one of the most philanthropic NFT sales to date.”
“We are excited to build on this success and (to) making an even greater impact going forward,” it added.
The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles was one of the charities that Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, had pledged to donate a portion of her $7 million divorce settlement to, along with the American Civil Liberties Union.
However, during Depp’s recent defamation trial against Heard in the US, the actress admitted she had not fulfilled her pledge, stating that she could not afford to pay because of ongoing legal expenses.
Amber Heard admitted in court testimony that she had not fulfilled a pledge to donate her divorce money to charity. File image. Credit: Getty Images
Depp’s donation to the Perth Children’s Hospital and other charities drew praise from fans.
“How wonderful! This money will really make a difference to these hospitals, but most importantly the children,” one Twitter user wrote.
“You’re a real class act Johnny, an absolute gem of a man,” another wrote.
The Perth connection
So, how did Depp’s awareness of Perth Children’s Hospital come about in the first place?
It turns out that some of the money raised came from the sale of Depp’s painting of fellow actor Heath Ledger, who grew up in Perth.
The Heath Ledger painting sold as part of Johnny Depp’s NFT sale. Credit: Instagram/JohnnyDeppNFT
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Carrie Robinson told The West Australian that Ledger’s family had nominated the Perth Children’s Hospital as the recipient of the money raised from the sale of the painting.
“It’s great to see the legacy of Heath Ledger continuing to make an impact on the WA community,” Robinson said.
Other paintings Depp created for the NFT sale included portraits of himself, his daughter Lily-Rose, his friend the late River Phoenix, and Hollywood legends Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Elizabeth Taylor.
“I’ve always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who matter most to me, like my family, friends and people I admire,” Depp said when offering the paintings to the public for the first time.
“My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself.
“No one should ever limit themselves.”
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