Celebrities Promote Philanthropy, Philanthropy Promotes Celebrities. Can We Say It Really Goes Both Ways?

We’ve often seen simple acts of kindness transform human lives. This calls for more than just cash, because money alone is nothing unless it’s backed with a sustainable idea and a solid plan.

Usually it doesn’t take too much investment to go visit someone lying alone in a hospital room fighting for their life. It doesn’t cost a fortune to drag that someone out of their desolation and remind them that the world can be a wonderful place. So in 2012 celebrity actor Christian Bale took 4-year-old Jayden Barber to Disneyland—diagnosed with bone cancer at that time, the little guy is now 7.


Actor Ben Affleck on the other hand chose a different, yet equally significant cause, which has every chance to prove sustainable. Five years ago he started the Eastern Congo Initiative—a foundation which continues to fight domestic violence and work towards a more developed and humanistic civil society in Eastern Congo.

You don’t have to be a star to be a role model. Just like Katie Cutler, a regular girl from UK who in just a week raised 330, 000 pounds for the new home of 67-year old Alan Barnes. Alan was born with a number of physical deficiencies, including stunted growth and visual impairment. He was attacked and mugged in front of his former house and is now afraid to return home, feeling vulnerable because of the physical limitations he’s facing. Katie found out about him on the Internet and thought she could help. The „magic“ worked through a public fundraising website promoting a range of similar money-gathering efforts.

So maybe it takes more than just cash to make for charity. It takes people who care. And anyone who cares is to us a star and a personal hero.

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