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Celebs Making a Difference–Ryan Seacrest

Photo: Ryan Seacrest Foundation

I love when I learn something new and heartening about famous folks. When some celebrity has been fighting the good fight regardless of how brightly the spotlight does or does not shine on their philanthropic efforts, it makes me care more about that entertainer or athlete. There are so many that, because of their body of work and name recognition, can do so much to bring attention and focus to issues that matter to them…and often, a celeb will go that extra step and create their own foundation or charitable organization. Ryan Seacrest who is practically ubiquitous on all media platforms, uses his celebrity status to bring creative media to others as a way to heal. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to bringing multimedia and interactive technology and entertainment to seriously ill and injured children. The first major project is building broadcast media centers in pediatric hospitals and wards so kids can explore radio and television. Raising spirits and getting individuals excited about creativity is healing, not only for those doing the creating, but for those listening/watching as well. Seacrest also uses his connections to bring lots of other celebrities on board to lend their support, from Justin Bieber to David Beckham, Lady Gaga and CeeLo Green to Taylor Swift and Conan O’Brien. The list goes on and on, as does the great work.

Malaria Envoy

Twitter seems to be a more amazing tool than I’ve previously been willing to admit–I’m considering Twitter to make quick updates and find additional ways to reach out with information. Other folks, far more social media advanced than I, are currently Tweeting to end malaria. There is now an official Malaria Envoy of celebrities and leaders of business and media who are using Twitter to raise awareness. Anderson Cooper, Arianna Huffington, Larry King, Ryan Seacrest, Sean Combs, Alyssa Milano, Ashton Kutcher—they are all part of the Envoy team.

It is the UN Secretary General’s goal that this year, 2010, we, as a planet, achieve 100% net coverage, so every person in a malaria zone has the possibility to sleep beneath a mosquito net. It is possible to get all those nets distributed out there, but we have to step it up. That ramping up of efforts will get us closer to the other time-pegged goal in 2015, when the plan is to bring malaria deaths down as close to zero as is scientifically possible.

World Malaria Day is not until April 25, but it is not too soon to use the social media tools in which you are already conversant to get your followers/friends/and fans active in the cause. Tweet or update your status today–it actually saves lives.

Twitter Nets

I have to say, I’m kind of driven up a wall by Twitter. As soon as I say that I’m sure I’ll be a Twittering fool in the blink of an eye, but thus far it has seemed to me like all the parts of Facebook that I don’t like. I truly don’t care what my friends or followers or followees had for breakfast or thought of the outfit Lady Gaga wore on the red carpet.

There are, however, some amazing things that have come of the Twitter Revolution. Last year, for World Malaria Day, Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a furious race to see who could first get a million followers on the social networking site. Ashton won, and to celebrate his victory over the media giant network, he vowed to send 10,000 mosquito nets, via Malaria No More, to Africa to fight the disease. Those nets were sent and have now all been distributed, with plenty of others. Ashton’s Twitter posting became the world’s most re-tweeted message on World Malaria Day, and resulted in many others making direct donations, so that the total number of “Twitter Nets” was 89,724! Other high-profile Tweeters got involved: Oprah, Anderson Cooper, Sean Diddy Combs, and Ryan Seacrest, among others.

Who, in your network of friends, is willing to join you in making a difference in the world?