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‘Highlander’ star joins Little Dreams Foundation

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Christopher Lambert, star of the "Highlander" films, is among the celebrities who have joined singer Phil Collins in his efforts to help talented children realize their dreams.

The Little Dreams Foundation, co-founded by Collins and his Swiss-born wife, Orianne, provides financial aid to children ages 4 to 16 who have athletic or artistic talent.

"There are a lot of children out there with a lot of untapped talent, who simply don't have the opportunity to realize their dream to play the guitar or the piano, for instance," said Collins. "Their parents don't have the money, they don't have the opportunity.

"If they get selected, we help them get on their way, we guide them."

To join, children fill out a questionnaire on the foundation's Web site and then submit a resume. Those selected can receive financial aid for education, training and equipment, as well as moral and technical support and guidance from "godparents."

The couple have enlisted several celebrities as "godparents" to guide children in different interest areas, including music, art and dance, comedy, film and sports.

On Wednesday, Lambert joined as a godparent for film.

Other godparents include former Swiss World Cup overall champion Erika Hess, who signed on for skiing; Bryan Jones, who will be a ballooning mentor; and France's Arnaud Boetsch and Amelie Mauresmo, who signed on for tennis.

Collins stressed that the foundation is mostly European-based, though exceptionally talented children from elsewhere could be selected.