Celebrities and Charity
It is good to be a brother’s keeper but there are some people who do not do that. They do something bigger and better, they give to improve a life. You do not have to give a lot of money or lots of fancy stuff to be considered a charitable person. One act of random kindness is all that you need as it occurred to others.
In the early stages of Angelina Jolie’s public life she was known as the wild child actress who snogged her brother on the red carpet at the Oscars, wore a vial of her then husband Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck and admitted to self-harming and drug use.
But all that is now long forgotten as the Oscar-winner splits most of her time between her extensive humanitarian work and bringing up her beautiful family of six. Let’s take a look at how she’s turned into a role model for so many.
Angelina has said that she first become aware of the extent of the problems people around the world face when she filmed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia in 2001. She later said that seeing and meeting the people of that war-ravaged country ‘opened my eyes.’
Celebrities are also great fundraisers. Believe it or not even that celebrity that you hate so much is actually doing something to make the world a better place.
The use of celebrities to raise money for causes is not new. Shirley Temple promoted war bonds and Audrey Hepburn travelled to Africa in order to elicit donations for Unicef. But the boom in celebrity philanthropy has aroused some skepticism. Last December, Kim Kardashian paid a visit to Haiti, shortly after she ended a 10-week marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries.
Neilson argues that the use of headline-grabbing celebrities is the only way for nonprofit groups to draw attention to unglamorous places such as Haiti, Darfur or Somalia. “When it comes to engaging the public around complex problems, celebrities are powerful – whether we like it or not,” Neilson said. “When you look at the amount of news people consume that’s entertainment-focussed versus foreign-policy-focused, you realise that if you can use celebrity to have people pay attention to the famine in Somalia, then they’re going to pay attention. And, if you don’t, they’re not.”
If there is a guy who would beat Bono’s record of philanthropy then it would be none other than Ed Sheeran. There is nothing this artist cannot do and he does it through music.
Ed Sheeran is certainly earning his name as the nicest man in music.
The Thinking Out Loud singer, who yesterday announced he will play Croke Park in June, marked his 24th birthday earlier this week and celebrated in typically low-key, generous fashion.
He has collaborated with C.F. Martin & Co to create a Signature Artist Edition guitar to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children Hospices, a charity which Kate Middleton is a patron of.
He will be donating all the royalties of each guitar sold to the charity, which raised tens of thousands of pounds, according to People.