Jennifer Aniston’s birthday boost for Mexico
Jennifer Aniston’s decision to spend her 41st birthday in sunny Cabo San Lucas has more to it than just wanting to enjoy a beach getaway with friends.
The Marley and Me actress reveals to Access Hollywood that while she loves spending time in the Mexican city, it’s the idea of boosting the country’s ailing tourism that drove her to choose Cabo once again.
Jen arranged the trip after a male friend suggested it to her. “He said to me, ‘You come to Mexico all the time and Mexico is really hurting right now because of the swine flu and the drug trafficking...but it’s not all of Mexico. These people survive on us coming down and spending money and coming here to these beautiful places. It sort of made sense to say ‘Hey, let’s help out Mexico.’”
Jen, who was spotted vacationing there with close friends including rumoured BF Gerard Butler, has always felt a close connection with the Central American country and is even set to launch a charity initiative for the El Faro organisation which provides funds for an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.
She adds, "I have to tell you when you drive up to this place you see these kids come running out and you hear a chorus of (songs), and they are just bright. These kids don’t feel like they are sitting there going, 'Oh my life sucks, look at where I live.’ They have been given a lot of love and they’re getting educated, which is the most important thing for them is to have an education and have knowledge of what they can do.”