New role for "Being Erica" star: humanitarian in Honduras

Actress Erin Karpluk, best known for her role as 'Erica' in the hit drama "Being Erica", is currently in Honduras visiting World Vision projects. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)

Canadian actress Erin Karpluk visits World Vision projects

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Gemini Award winning star, Erin Karpluk, is in Honduras this week to see the impact of World Vision Gifts.  She will meet families whose lives have been changed, thanks to Canadians who decided to give a thoughtful present.

"I'm thrilled to meet parents and kids that Canadians have helped," says Karpluk. "What I love about World Vision Gifts is the independence these items provide. They are not a handout, as much as a way to help people and communities reach their goals, so parents can provide a brighter future for their children."

With more than 60 tangible donation items available, all of which make a massive impact on the lives of children around the world, there are thoughtful gifts that will help a cause close to your gift recipient's heart.  Popular World Vision Gifts include chickens, bee hives, helping educate a girl and pre-natal care for a mother.

Karpluk is well-loved for her starring role as 'Erica' in the hit CBC series "Being Erica", which aired in more than 180 countries.  In 2009, she received the Gemini Award for Best Actress, and the following spring, she won the 2010 Leo Award for Best Lead Actress in a dramatic series for her work on the hit show.

She divides her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles, where she is working on several exciting film and television projects. Karpluk is delighted to travel with World Vision to Honduras. Her dedication to assisting women and children in crisis makes participating with World Vision a natural fit.

World Vision Gifts is Canada's leading source of alternative gifts. Canadians can choose a tangible donation to benefit a family or child on someone's behalf, and give it to them as a gift. For more information, visit www.worldvision.ca/gifts

Follow Karpluk on her trip to Honduras on Twitter: @erinkarpluk

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SOURCE: World Vision Canada

For further information:

To arrange an interview during or following Karpluk's trip to Honduras, or for more information contact; Genevieve Barber 416.671.0086 or genevieve_barber@worldvision.ca