As Told To Samaritanmag
"I used to not believe in zoos as a concept, but now because there are so many endangered animals; there's so much poaching. With zoos now, it's really about conservation. They become safe houses for a lot of species so, I think, now, zoos are really necessary places, not totally about just family entertainment at any cost. It's about education; it's about conservation." — Slash tells Samaritanmag, 2012.
“At one time, I did not understand that slavery still existed in the world. People think, ‘Lincoln freed the slaves,’ period. But it does exist, in the form of sex slavery and child pornography and sweatshops. It was shocking to discover the sheer scale of the tragedy...It’s a $32 billion business, tied with arms smuggling for the world’s second most lucrative illegal enterprise just after drugs. And yet the amount that governments spend on it is tiny compared to what’s spent to combat trafficking in drugs.” — Mira Sorvino tells Samaritanmag, 2012.
“A few years ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and a few years before that I had another family [member] die of another cancer. It was a pretty emotional thing to watch somebody go through that type of agony and I didn’t want to see it again. Luckily enough my grandmother caught her cancer in time and she was cured, but a lot of people aren’t...I wanted to bring awareness to everybody that this is something that is pretty widespread and hits a lot of homes and just for people, females specifically, to go get checked regularly.” — Sal Coz Costa, formerly of My Darkest Days, tells Samaritanmag, 2012.
“A big deal in my family is that we’ve always learned about giving back. My mom always wanted me to know that even though we weren’t as fortunate as we are now that giving back was always very important. As much as you could do really meant a lot. So now that I have this platform that I’m able to have my voice be heard, I still have that same mentality, but I’m able to share that and educate my fans and encourage my fans to help as well. It’s all about the simple things. Your voice is the most powerful tool you have so being able to spread the word about organizations and wanting to get involved. It’s all about going online and trying to find places around your community, just about the lesson, I think.” — Selena Gomez tells Samaritanmag, 2010.
“A lot of the kids at Covenant House, they go through really hard times obviously; they’re just coming off the street; there’s gangs and prostitution; drug addiction; they’re getting into a safe environment. Once they’re in there, they have to work a program; they have to abide by rules. They’re not used to abiding by rules. They have to deal with physical and mental issues. So it’s a lot of work. And they’re kids. And what I know about being a kid is ‘I want to have some fun’ so I created a music program. So they can go every night; they can beat on drums, some guitars and basses. We’ve got a music teachers and lots of equipment donated and they learn how to program and record. It’s really interesting because it gives them another reason to stay and not go back on the street.” — Nikki Sixx to Karen Bliss of Samaritanmag.com, 2011
“It’s where one of my favourite reggae artists, Mavado, and one of my closest friends is from [the poverty-stricken Cassava Piece community in Kingston, Jamaica]. I was so inspired. I went there and they had ‘Drake’ all over the walls, spray painted, and all the kids were running after us. So I donated $30,000 to build computer schools for the kids. I’m very passionate about Jamaica as a place. I love Jamaica so I just want to try and better the community.” — Drake to Karen Bliss of Samaritanmag.com, 2010
"The only way I know to do my part and make the world a better place is to start with the little people, the children of the world, and let them know somebody cares about them. So they grow up and think, 'Somebody cared for me so I'll care about somebody else.' I just don't want to blow my trumpet and say, 'Yes, I'm a great philanthropist.' It's the way my parents and grandparents raised me. If you're well off enough to help someone else out, then you should do it." — Samuel L. Jackson to Jim Slotek of Samaritanmag.com, 2012
“I have a dream that no one really knows about. I started pursuing my dream to open up my own school. I just feel like education is so important. I want to be able to give thousands of kids a chance at a life because education is life. Education, even knowledge, especially in these economic times, that’s one of the ways we’re going to change things around…Hopefully, that will be one of the dreams of mine to come true one day.” — Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to Karen Bliss of Samaritanmag.com, 2009
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