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I: Influence

Happy Monday! I left you with a rather heavy topic on Saturday (Helter Skelter/Charles Manson) so today let's start off the week with gratitude and recognition for those who use their influence as politicians, actors, musicians, etc. to make a difference for those less fortunate!

Jonny Lee Miller. Credit: Jonah's Just Begun.
Elementary's Jonny Lee Miller (who also happens to be one of my favourite actors) is also an advocate for doing good for others. He has run several marathons in order to raise funds for Jonah's Just Begun (looking for a cure for a rare disease: Sanfilippo Syndrome) and said, “Helping the person standing next to you is the right thing to do.”

Musician Keith Urban is an advisory board member at the St. Jude's Hospital for Children, a place where doctors are pioneering research and treatments for children with life-threatening diseases, including cancer. He has even collaborated on numerous times to raise funds.
Chelsea Clinton, President Clinton with Dr. Greg Allgood in Rwanda. (c) World Vision 2013.
And as I said in the "C for Charity" post, former President Bill Clinton is a supporter of World Vision.
Next time when you look at a "celebrity", take a good look at their charitable donations. How are they using their fame, name and fortune to help others?


  1. It is neat when celebrities do get involved in helping worthy organizations; I'm sure it is helpful for the organization to have such people involved in it.


    1. and I am sure it encourages their "fans" to look into these orgs too!

  2. It's always nice to see people in positions of influence who give back. It's great when they can use their celebrity to bring awareness or raise more money than would otherwise be raised!

  3. That's a good look we all need to take of ourselves as well. Even if we don't have funds, we may have time or talents. Be it the person next door, someone you see in need in public, an organization: no good deed returns void. Someone is helped, uplifted, encouraged.

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  4. So many celebrities now are loud about their charity work to bring recognition to the organisations they help, which can only be a good thing to bring awareness and support. I think life is all about giving back.
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    1. I'd much rather the focus be on their charity work then on what they wore to Whole Foods.

  5. I think using one's Influence is a good thing when used constructively. Sadly, too many people don't think about what is good for anyone other than themselves.

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    1. yes hence my desire to point out the positive uses of influence.

  6. "With great power comes great responsibility"--Spiderman
    I think that about sums it up! Always good to see people that have influence using their "powers" for good.


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