Premiere tickets, an autographed Machine Gun Preacher poster, and a custom-built motorcycle ridden by Gerard Butler in the film are all up for auction on eBay to benefit Angels of East Africa. Sam Childers, the subject of the feature film, founded the charity which helps rescue “children from around the world, focusing on South Sudan and Northern Uganda.” The auction for 2 VIP seats at the Los Angeles premiere and the auction of an autographed movie poster signed by the cast both kicked off on September 14, 2011 and run through September 19th. The 2010 custom-built Rat Bike goes up for bid on September 26th, with the auction closing on October 6th (the starting bid is $30,000).
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Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in East Africa. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease, and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher is written by Jason Keller and also stars Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Michael Shannon, and Souleymane Sy Savane.
Machine Gun Preacher opens in New York and Los Angeles on September 23, 2011.