When Paris Hilton was in Australia filming House of Wax in 2004, she made some earnest promises to the people there. She pledged that after returning to Los Angeles she would make it a priority to organize a star-studded benefit for Queensland’s Paradise Kids charity that aids children who are seriously ill. “I love kids and I just feel it’s the right thing to do,” she said at the time, promising to elicit the help of her friends Missy Elliott and the Backstreet Boys, among others, for a concert that might raise a lot of money. “It makes me feel good about myself and it helps other people.” But, two years later, nothing’s come of it. “I don’t want to dump on Paris,” said Paradise Kids co-founder, Reverend Ian Mavor, prior to dumping on her.
“She was a lovely person and I think she was well-intentioned at the time. We really enjoyed her coming to see the kids. It was a thrill for them and, sadly, a couple of them have since died.” But he said after allegedly telling organisers she could raise as much as $250,000, Hilton had “disappeared in a cloud of dust and got on with her life.”