There is a notion among many that celebrities like to spend hefty amount of money for their personal benefits. Many a times, charity events are used as a promotion tactic.
However, there are numerous actors and actresses who are consistently contributing to the society with their charitable acts. This also brings forth a humane side of them, hardly captured by gossipmongers, who are in constant search of juicy, sensational bytes.
These celebrities have taken a step forward to make this world a better place to live.
- Nana Patekar
Well known for his movies like Prahar, Ankush, Krantiveer, etc Vishwanath Dinkar Patekar, fondly called as ‘Nana’, started an NGO called ‘Naam foundation’ in 2015, for the betterment of farmers in the drought prone areas of Maharashtra. Nana along with actor Makarand Anaspure distributed a check of Rs. 15,000 each to the families 62 farmers who had committed suicide in the past. He himself visited 112 farmer families in drought-affected Marathwada. His foundation found success in collecting Rs. 22 crores from people, which will be utilized in the welfare of farmers. And to sum it all up, this man has donated almost 90% of his earnings to charity!
- Priyanka Chopra
The Mary Kom actress has been vocal about her passion to help society, especially children in particular, for a quite long time now. Priyanka was appointed as the UNICEF national ambassador in 2010, to support child rights and education. Through her ‘Priyanka Chopra Foundation’ she covers the medical and educational expenses of over 70 children in India. 10% of her earnings are contributed to the foundation.
- John Abraham
John’s love for bikes and football is now a known fact to all. The actor, who has acted in major action movies has a softer side too; he is actively involved with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and has donated to the organization too. Moreover, he has established ‘John’s brigade for habitat’, through which he provides shelter facility to the needy.
- Aishwarya Rai
The former Miss World runs ‘Aishwarya Rai Foundation’, which takes care of the poor people. She had donated her eyes to the ‘Eye Bank Association of India’ to create awareness about eye donation. She was appointed as the first goodwill ambassador of ‘Smile train’, an NGO providing cleft palate and lip surgery facilities to kids suffering from the same. She was honoured with a special award at the Miss World 2014, London for her charity work.
- Rahul Bose
As unconventional as his roles, Rahul Bose has been the same with his charity work. He was one of the first bollywood actors to become the Oxfam global ambassador in 2007, a confederation of charitable organizations working towards alleviating global poverty. He was instrumental in founding ‘The Foundation’, an NGO dedicated to provide education to children from Andaman and Nicobar Island.
There are many more ‘stars’ who are shining high and bright, spreading light and joy in the lives of millions. They are ‘uplifting’ others but are still ‘grounded’.