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The actors and sportspersons we see on screen are no more just stars or public figures, they’re worshipped like crazy by fans everywhere. That’s why what they do onscreen as well as off-screen makes headlines. Thus, when our favourite actor or sportsperson decides to give back to the society, it totally melts our hearts. It gives us fans all the more reason to respect them and worship them. With that fleeting thought in our mind, we decided to list few people from the celebrity circuit who’ve risen up for the right causes wherever they are!
Nobody would have ever guessed about his humane side until the reports of his foundation, Thorn, rescuing 6000 children from child abuse had surfaced. The ’70s Show’ star has our hearts beating for him not just for his presence in movies and TV shoes but all the more for his humanitarian efforts of rescuing children from trafficking networks.
It’s difficult not to talk about Angelina Jolie whose been a mascot of social services throughout her life, starting with the Jolie-Pitt foundation in 2001 and supporting 28 charitable foundations including UNICEF’s missions to rescue refugees in war zones. Her dedication to UNICEF’s mission has led her to talks with international political leaders, global CEOs and 14 Nobel Peace Prize Winners. Needless to say, she’s the Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) and has also been awarded with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Hailed nationwide as the God of Cricket, his contribution towards society extends far beyond the boundaries. He was Goodwill Ambassador for UNEP (UN’s Environmental Awareness Programme) and aligned with Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Recently, he associated with Vimukti – the Liquor and Narcotics abstinence programme of Kerela.
After retiring from first class cricket, our ‘dependable’ batsman-wicketkeeper legend joined hands with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the propagation of the government’s anti-tobacco drives. He is even featured in the anti-tobacco adfilms played during movie screenings. Being a non-smoker himself, his words add depth to the video representation and adds weightage to the adage ‘If cricket is a gentleman’s game, Rahul Dravid is that gentleman’.
We all know how valiantly Yuvraj Singh has battled cancer and came back into mainstream cricket with a bang. His tryst with the deadly disease prompted him to start his cancer charity foundation – YouWeCan, to raise awareness, organize counselling sessions for patients and raise funds for patients. Yuvraj was already a cricket favourite because of his match-winning performances but with this effort, he has won our hearts for life.
We often get headlines stating his undoubted and undaunted love for the members of the armed forces, the latest being donating 9 lakh to the bereaved family of N. K. Narpat Singh. Even though his social media messages iterate the patriotic side of him, he never talks about his philanthropic efforts as such. This marks a whole new level of respect from his fanbase altogether.
Apart from being a legendary actor with an array of heart-warming films to her name, our Kashmir Ki Kali has been UNICEF’s National Ambassador for India from 2005 to 2008 and has actively participated in HIV-awareness activities. She has talked to lawmakers too as part of her approach and collaborated with NACO’s Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV campaign.
Shah Rukh Khan
His contribution to the society has been talked about at large from all fractions of the Bollywood fraternity and media but his philanthropic work is mostly hidden since he believes in the notion that “Charity for a reason is not charity at all”. His most recent reported stint was 1 crore donation to Chief Minister’s relief fund in Dec 2015 for flood relief. He’s also known for adopting 11 villages in Maharashtra and Odisha since NDTV’s Greenathon initiative in 2009.
She has lent her compassionate persona to doing something bigger towards the society much after she came out with her talk about depression. The Live, Laugh, Love Foundation has raised awareness about clinical depression beyond dinner table conversations. Her work speaks for her strong self, and now, she has given us more reasons to respect her beyond her movies, dialogues and film choices.
Her humanitarian efforts started just after she was crowned Miss World and have only grown ever since. She had set up ‘The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education’ to which she donates 10% of her earnings to sponsor 70 girls. Recognising her active participation towards social responsibilities, the UNICEF appointed her as the Goodwill Ambassador in 2015 after her relentless efforts in the ‘Awaaz Do’ campaign for Education of Children.
It’s about time we salute these noble human beings for their efforts to make the world a better place! Hoping this inspires many more …