THE IRREVOCABLE SIGNIFICANCE OF GIVING BACK – MY VIEW ON CHARITY EVENTS

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great day/evening/morning wherever you are in the world!
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For today’s post, I wanted to step out of the box a bit, write about something new, explore a new topic, and most importantly, tell you all about something that genuinely matters to me… The reason for me doing this post now is due to the fact that specifically in recent times, I have become much more engaged in the issue. In the last couple of years, I have helped multiple charities in their quest to changing lives, and in doing so, I think I’ve changed mine… By helping I mean I have either made contributions/donations to help out their funds, or I’ve simply attended charity events in their honor. So yes, I feel now is as good of a time as any to let you all know how beneficial what I’ve been doing recently has been, and to perhaps inspire you all to do the same! Let’s get into it!
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Before I start off this post, I would just like to express how remarkable I think it is that famous actors such as Mark Ruffalo and Ian Somerhalder support charities regularly. It’s truly sad to say but it always helps the cause bring more money, even though I think people should donate to the cause regardless of whether or not it involves recognition from a Hollywood figure… But, being realistic and also rational, at the end of the day, if the donated money is helping a good cause by funding charity work, no matter what means got it there, I’m all for it! Now to the post…
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I attended multiple charity galas with my parents while growing up, so the style of the event itself has pretty much always been a part of my life. A few years ago, in 2014, I made my very first donation to a very well-known charity website, ‘Prizeo’. Whenever they release a new campaign, someone from the cast of a movie/musical, or a singer, or even a comedian helps the cause by “selling” personalized items from the influencer. For example, you can donate something like 20 dollars and get a t-shirt with the campaign logo or donate a bigger amount to get something more exciting such as a sweater. When I made my first donation I opted for the Thirst Project which was in collaboration with the wonderful person and actor, Ansel Elgort. To support the cause I donated some money and in return, got a Skype call with him! John Green was also present for a brief instant which genuinely made my childhood complete. Ansel was incredibly nice and we got to talk about all his upcoming movies (which are still being released till this day!). After this great experience, I received lots of emails updating me on how successful the fundraising was becoming, how much money had been raised and how the whole thing was developing and growing as a project: all of which were great and definitely useful in terms of knowing how much of an effect I had made. I mean above all, these emails reminded me that even if I had donated a mere 20$, I would have contributed to a larger difference. If every person reading this post even donated just 5$, it would make a tremendous difference, because collectively, we are stronger and more impactful than we are alone.
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Having this experience of reading these emails showed me not only that I had made a difference, but also that (as well as traveling a lot) life isn’t just glitter and shine all the time. Even if you don’t think about poverty often, it’s still happening, and all of us can help improve it.
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After the Thirst Project, I started donating more and more. From environmental campaigns through the project ‘Omaze’ (a charity website based on the same concept as ‘Prizeo’) for “Ian Somerhalder’s Foundation” to the Thirst Project with Connor Franta to children’s hospitals with Sabrina Carpenter and then the American Horror Story cast. Check out my post about the “Brother’s Trust” charity event with Tom Holland HERE.  I loved donating to each of these causes and was so incredibly happy each time I got an update. It truly made me feel like we could all have a much greater impact on the world, just if we tried. Of course, I was happy whenever I got the “prizes” but I was even prouder to see that artists that I adore using their platform for the greater good, trying step by step to make our world a greater place.
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My most recent donation was although not as “useful” as the other ones, it was still very close to my heart. Mark Ruffalo partnered with “Raize” to help collect money for an acting school. As someone who loves acting and takes acting classes daily, I knew I couldn’t help it but well, help. Because of that donation, I got the immense honor to have Mark Ruffalo post a picture of me on his Instagram to personally thank me. He also sent me a personalized video and a signed Funko Pop of The Hulk! It’s truly amazing to have an actor as famous as Mark Ruffalo recognize me, and again, even more, amazing to see him help with causes like this!
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My advice to you is to simply go and check out their latest campaigns!
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HERE’s the link to “Omaze”’s website, click HERE if you’d like to check out “Prizeo”’s website and HERE to check out “Raize”’s website.
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No matter the amount I truly believe together we can make a change. The founder of Omaze said it himself, “Good things come to those who give”.
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Again, I’m not pressuring you all into doing anything, I’m merely making you all aware of what I’ve done so far and of how incredibly happy it has made me!
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With so much LOVE,
Tiffany Lea
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Have you ever donated to a charity? If so, which one? Do you also have a foundation which is close to the heart? A project you adore? Let me know down in the comments section below! And remember, even just 5$ can contribute to a greater change.
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Hi, my name is Tiffany Lea. I'm a globetrotter and blogger. I posted every 2 to 3 days about everything ranging from events to travel to movies & tv shows to fashion...! Join me on all my adventures around the world! Instagram: @tiffanyzimmy

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