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Penn receives Haiti honour

Feb 01, 2012 | 6:15am EST

The Milk star has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money for the impoverished country since it was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2010, even setting up his own charity, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

At a recent benefit in California, Haitian foreign minister Laurent Lamothe offered Penn ambassador status for his work, and the actor declared: "I do accept."

He officially gained his new title from President Michel Martelly during a ceremony at Port-au-Prince's National Palace on Tuesday evening, and Martelly applauded Penn for helping to keep the humanitarian issue in the news, according to the Associated Press.

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