Kevin Bacon and his good buddy Jeff Bridges are asking for YOUR help this week!
They are trying to fight hunger through a fund raising campaign on Bacon's site: SixDegrees.org.
Bacon gave an interview about the cause, and it went a little like this:
We’ve noticed a pattern in your philanthropy. While you’ve supported the planet, human rights, and organizations that fight disease, ending hunger seems to be an area that is particularly meaningful to you. Can you talk a bit about why this cause is so important?
KB: It’s so easy to walk by social challenges because they seem so daunting to solve – especially on your own. But hunger is hard to ignore. Living in New York City, there are daily reminders of what hunger and homelessness can do to the human spirit, from the guy on the subway humbly entertaining passengers between stops to earn enough to buy a meal to the thousands of children who show up hungry to school each day. I know that a few dollars or a few hours volunteering at a soup kitchen will have a direct impact on someone’s life that day, and hopefully in the days after. If we all donated a few dollars or a few hours, we could help innumerable families get beyond hunger to thrive.
We love that to win the prizes for charity, it’s not about how much you raise, but about how many people you get involved. That certainly isn’t the normal way to win in competitions like this. Why did you choose to set it up this way?
KB: SixDegrees.org is all about leveraging social networking for social good because small acts can add up to big change. We want people to rally their friends and family around an important cause like hunger so the measurement of success is participation, not dollars. We want every generous act to count, not just the ones with the biggest dollar signs attached.
Getting large numbers of people to open up their wallets isn’t easy. Any recommendations for how people taking part in 6 Days of Good can get as many people to donate as possible?
KB: Lead with your story and put the call to action front and center. People respond to emotional appeals that speak to them as compassionate individuals. Share why the cause matters to you and what difference others can make if they join with you. And remember that a poignant image or short video can really make your case.
Do you have any more 6 day challenges on the horizon?
KB: Yes! We are planning 5 more Challenges throughout the year. Be sure to check back to www.sixdegrees.org/6daysofgood for news on additional Celebrity Ambassadors joining the team to promote ‘6 Days of Good’ Challenges for global aid, health, environment, animals and youth.
So, do you wanna join Kevin Bacon in fighting hunger?
Then CLICK HERE to sign up!!
[Image via B.Dowling/WENN.]
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