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Preity is UNAIDS goodwill ambassador

entertainment Updated: Mar 11, 2010 19:10 IST

Preity ZintaActress Preity Zinta was today appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador and plans to combine cricket and Bollywood to raise awareness about the deadly disease.



The 35-year-old actress who is the co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, will donate 25 per cent of the profits made by her team to charities selected by the UN.



"The players of my team will be wearing ribbons for the cause of HIV-AIDS. Someone living with HIV will come on the field and toss for our matches. Me and my team will also be making field trips in Punjab," the actress told reporters here.



Preity will be making public service message films for UNAIDS featuring herself and the players which will be in English, Hindi and Punjabi.



She promised to ask for support from the film fraternity, who she noted are always up for a cause.

"I'll try to garner support from Bollywood. No one ever says no and I am sure if they have the time, they'll be available for it," Preity said.

"I am taking on a new role. 40 percent of the people suffering from HIV-AIDS are women. What is disturbing is they pass it to their children. The people suffering from HIV face discrimination which is unacceptable," she added.