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Zep's Page Made Rio de Janeiro Honorary Citizen

September 22, 2005, 5:01 am GMT

Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been made an honorary citizen of Rio de Janeiro for his work with underprivileged kids in the Brazilian c


Rock guitarist Jimmy Page, who also is the founder of the band Led Zeppelin, was awarded honorary citizenship in the state of Rio de Janeiro for his work with Brazil's poor and abandoned children. Page was honored for supporting "Casa Jimmy," a residential shelter set up in 1997 in the Rio district of Santa Teresa.

Presented with the honor at a ceremony on Tuesday at the House, Page commented "The greatest satisfaction is not the decoration. It is knowing that I am able to help someone who needs help." Run by the British charity Task Brasil, Casa Jimmy offers medical and psychological support for street kids and pregnant teenagers as well as food, clothing and help in job training. More than 300 children have benefited from it.

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