Behind that charming and devilish smirk is an angelic heart. He founded the nonprofit charity Not on our Watch after hearing about war crimes in Darfur. As the co-president George uses his fame to appeal to the mass media and global policy-makers. His aim? To solve the root causes of complex conflicts around the world which aren’t prioritised by the international community.
Angelina is one of the most famous humanitarian voices in the world today. She’s volunteered her time to raise awareness of issues in over 20 countries. From Tanzania and Cambodia to Sierra Leone and Ecuador. As well as supporting over 29 charities and foundations, Jolie founded the Jolie-Pitt foundation, which works to eradicate extreme poverty. Her work has contributed to 10s of millions of dollars in funding. She has supported millions of the most vulnerable people around the world.
Another high profile volunteer, Bono has dedicated much of his life to supporting impoverished people across Africa. As well as being a key player behind Live Aid, Live 8, and Band Aid. He has campaigned tirelessly to reduce debt, alleviate poverty and support women’s rights. His work is so wide ranging that the National Journal once dubbed him ‘the most politically effective celebrity of all time’.
The Breakfast at Tiffany’s star was as giving as she was glamourous. She was an outspoken promoter of the charity UNICEF – which provides education, aid and protection for the world’s most vulnerable children. She narrated two radio programmes for UNICEF. Then went on well publicised trips to the likes of Ethiopia, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Vietnam. Each time she raised awareness of the suffering caused by war and poverty and so played a vital role in giving UNICEF crucial publicity for their life changing work.
Mother Teresa has become a watch word for humanitarianism. She said that ‘I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy, and I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service was joy.’ Have you ever heard a better quote about volunteering?
She was dedicated to serving the poorest people on the planet. It wasn’t just her work that was remarkable but the legacy that she left behind. Pope Francis declared her a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican in 2016. Her charity has grown to encompass 4,000 sisters and thousands of volunteers across the world who continue to support orphans, HIV sufferers and the terminally ill.
The famous writer once proclaimed that volunteering is ‘one of the most rewarding professions that anyone can follow’. Much of her creative work was inspired by her voluntary work. She was one of 90,000 volunteers who cared for sick and wounded soldiers and sailors in world war one.
As a result of her nursing experience she gained pharmaceutical knowledge, and as such knew the lethal doses of medicines. As a crime writer this knowledge was invaluable. Caring for 1000s of people must have also been an invaluable source of inspiration for creating characters that she would have come to know intimately.
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