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Zep’s Page shows whole lotta love for poor Rio kids

September 21, 2005

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Former Led Zeppelin guitarist
Jimmy Page has been made an honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro
for his work with underprivileged kids in the Brazilian city.

Page was presented with the honor at a ceremony on Tuesday
at Casa Jimmy (Jimmy’s House), a facility set up in 1997 in the
Rio district of Santa Teresa with funds from the veteran
rocker.

“Jimmy is not a Carioca (Rio resident) or a Brazilian but
he has solidarity with Brazil,” state legislator Paulo Melo
said at the event, where Page was hugged and kissed by children
currently in the project.

Run by the British charity Task Brasil, Casa Jimmy offers
medical and psychological support for street kids and pregnant
teenagers as well as food, clothing and help in job training.
More than 300 children have benefited from it.

“The greatest satisfaction is not the decoration. It is
knowing that I am able to help someone who needs help,” Page
said.

Page’s interest in the plight of Rio’s poor children
started in 1994 when he visited the city to promote an album
and fighting broke out between street gangs. He then became
involved with Task Brasil (Abandoned Street Kids of Brazil
Trust).

Page, aged 61, is considered one the greatest rock
guitarists of all time and Led Zeppelin were hugely popular
before they broke up in 1980, with songs such as “Whole Lotta
Love” and “Stairway to Heaven” still classic rock staples.




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