London, March 22 (ANI): Actor Gary Sinise has financed a translated reprint of Seabiscuit: An American Legend, a popular non-fiction book based on horse racing, for kids in Iraq to read.
The 'Apollo 13' star collaborated with author Laura Hillenbrand to help in bringing out the Arabic version after they found out that kids in Baghdad had become huge fans of her tale of the iconic thoroughbred race horse, Seabiscuit.
"Laura wanted to get it translated to Arabic because one of the colonels was reading the book and the Iraqi kids started asking him about the book, so he contacted her and asked for Arabic translations of the book," the Daily Express quoted Sinise, as saying.
"We made 15,000 copies of Seabiscuit in Arabic and sent it over there," the 54-year-old added.
The project further inspired the duo to set up Operation Iraqi Children to help kids of Iraq and Afghanistan in obtaining vital school supplies.
He added: "Over the past five years we've sent hundreds of thousands of supplies. Next month (Apr09) American Airlines is taking 25 tons of Operation Iraqi Children supplies over to Iraq and distributing stuff to the troops in Afghanistan to give to the kids." (ANI)