'Garden' buddies Bette Midler and 50 Cent spread green word

Wednesday May 20, 2009

They're not the most obvious of pairings, but Bette Midler and rapper 50 Cent were arm in arm at a fundraising event in New York on Tuesday - united by their enthusiasm for cleaning up the Big Apple.

The pair were taking part in an annual spring picnic hosted by the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organisation founded in 1995 by Bette to create and restore the city's parks and community gardens. And 33-year-old 'Fiddy', as the actress calls him, had been roped in to perform a short sing-along.

It's not the first time the pair have collaborated. Bette got 50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson - on board last year to front a clean-up of a public garden in his childhood neighbourhood in Queens.

"He's a give-back kind of guy," reveals 63-year-old Bette. "We came to him and proposed that we renovate the garden… and he said: 'Where do I sign?'."

Guests supporting the cause, which has orchestrated the planting of 200,000 trees in the city over the past two years, were treated to a BBQ of organic chicken, ribs and macaroni cheese.

Photo: © Rex

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