As part of Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network, actress Charlize Theron recently visited her native South Africa to check out the mobile AIDS testing and counselling clinic her donations had created. Yesterday, on Oprah, Theron presented a video of her time spent in Kwazulu-Natal and chatted about the lasting impression the experience had on her.
“She says, ‘To see kids be able to talk that way with each other, with an adult, with a counsellor, that never happened when I grew up in this country. It’s hard because part of me feels incredibly blessed in my life and then you come here and you see people struggling, and then you see this beautiful thing which is the spirit of these people and how resilient they are and that’s the miracle.’”
Theron chatted with the kids, handed out gift bags, and assisted with the AIDS testing. The experience left her feeling grateful for the life she has, and even more determined to give back in return. She told Oprah, “Those kids have a 50 percent chance of contracting HIV and AIDS and dying from it, and that could have been my life.”