Various members of the cast of Coronation Street can quite frequently be found in Africa, such as Helen Worth, who, when she’s not playing unlucky in love Gail McIntyre, supports charity Born Free, an organization which works tirelessly to save wild animals, such as elephants, and keep them in their natural environments.
John Michie, who plays Karl Munro likewise supports charities that provide equipment and wells, ensuring supplies of clean water to the country’s poorest areas…
And in the next few weeks, stars Michelle Keegan and Ryan Thomas – who play the roles of Tina McIntyre and Jason Grimshaw – will also be heading out there to make a special documentary for ITV…
To be entitled Corrie Goes to Kenya, the emotional film will follow Michelle and Ryan as they visit just a few of the country’s many orphanages, where thousands of children end up as their parents have died of AIDS related illnesses.
The film will also look at the issue of drug abuse in Africa, and the hideous practice of female circumcision, which is woefully still commonplace.
Speaking to The People, a Corrie insider said of the documentary, “This trip will be a real eye-opener.
“The cast will come face to face with people whose lives could not be more different from their own.
“When you talk to people affected by these problems, the impact is huge, and the Corrie stars are desperate to help in any way that they can.
“There are many of them who do a lot for charity because they see it as their way of giving back.
“They know that their celebrity status helps put the spotlight on important issues.
“It would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a chance to highlight the struggles of real people.”
The special two-part documentary is scheduled to be aired on ITV later this year.