There is so much public adoration for those celebrities who are charity workers as well as major influential public figures. And rightly so – they are truly worth acknowledgement and appreciation. But, it seems that there is more emphasis on the said celebrity’s capacity to show compassion, rather than an analysis of the distressingly horrible condition of people’s lives – those lives that charity workers strive to change.
We are forgetting that charity workers and leading figures in the industry are supported by a solid base of strong workers – those who, because of their hard work, are responsible for results. Because of them, a disadvantaged child was given the chance to go to school, another could enjoy a satisfying meal after a long time without anything to eat, and another had access to clean and safe water.
These are the people who are, generally, unheard of. Ultimately, certain people and groups within the community do not get the recognition that they deserve. Recognising these people is the first step in accepting that positive change is happening around the world. It is important to recognise what being a charity worker involves. It’s hard work, and whether celebrity or shop assistant, the work and the problem need to be acknowledged.
Eve Robinson, Fundraising Manager of the Epilepsy Society, describes a day in the life of a charity worker to total jobs. When asked why she was interested in charity work, she says that she experienced a meaningful realisation: “I realised I wanted my job to mean something, to contribute to society in a positive way, no matter how small that contribution might be.” Before this, she mentions how her previous experience working at a for-profit organisation was commercially focused on making a profit for investors she would “never meet”.
Here, Eve Robinson is an example of an independent worker who works with the desire to make a difference using the platform that she has.
Jerome Jarre is a popular comedian and is well known for his comedy Vine videos. He regularly uses social media and updates his profile weekly – if not daily. Jerome reveals on Instagram that, as a new Viner, he was motivated by the opportunity to create positive change in the world. Now, he says,“As social media stars are becoming more and more the new Hollywood, I have been less and less attracted by this world.” He continues to say: “In my heart, something is missing. More purpose. There is also too much suffering around the world right now and I believe we shouldn’t accept that… bye-bye chasing views and viral hits… I am going to measure my life only on the number of people helped.”
Jerome’s powerful statement leaves us to consider how social media platforms can be used to create positive change in the world. Like Eve, Jerome shows that there is a conflict between the level of attention we receive, and the discovery of our calling on Earth and true purpose in life. To improve the lives of disadvantaged people, we must show a level of compassion, and refuse to allow attention to have any powerful influence on us.
He plays an active role for Liter of Light- a project dedicated to improve the lives of those who have access to little to no electricity. Liter of Light has installed more than 350,000 bottle lights in more than 15 countries and taught green skills to empower grassroots entrepreneurs at every stop, which has significantly improved people’s lives as before they spent their lives in the dark.
It is not about what we support – Epilepsy Society, Liter of Light, or other established charity organisations- it is about what we do. As charity workers strive to create positive change, by doing our own part in this world and offering guidance and support to those in need, we will recognise the importance of charity for our personal growth.It is important to recognise the work of people who improve the lives of those in need and be inspired to create positive change for others, and, ultimately, ourselves.
Try to do something for charity, it doesn’t have to be flying to Africa to build houses, or a well for clean water (although I am in not way discouraging doing this), it is as easy as buying something from a charity store, or putting money into a charity box – every little helps!