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Poverty Porn

Who Are We Helping?

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You turn on your TV. Maybe you wanted to catch up with your favorite TV shows after your day's end of work or after you're done with your assignments. Whatever it is. Your eyes are focused on the TV screen. You might have your favorite drinks right next to you or your loved ones or even both to keep you company while you are watching the TV. But then right before your favorite show, a commercial comes in to your view. A commercial about children in Africa suffering and in need of help and to help them, you donate to the UNICEF or the designated organization.

Some of you might have looked at the commercial and did not have much thought about it. Maybe you might have wondered and even be thankful for how much privileged you are compared to the people in the UNICEF commercial. And perhaps, you might have had this sudden urge to donate for the cause but then decided not to while in other cases you might have gone along with your urges.

But here's the thing. Have you actually, seriously thought about the children in the UNICEF commercial or the commercial in general? Perhaps have you wondered what is going on behind the scene of the commercial? There are cases where people go to certain regions in Africa and deliberately contaminate the regions' water source or other lively hoods to generate a scenario befitting such UNICEF commercial. Or they choose children who are extremely poor to be featured in the commercial and generalize the whole region of Africa as being poor. Sources about these cases can be found in Google. How about we ourselves try to find the sources rather than the sources are easily given to us. We ourselves have to take action and not wait for the action to come to us. And these behind the scene actions…they are not so different than the propaganda featured in the DPRK commercials. DPRK focusing on impoverished children versus UNICEF (not just UNICEF) commercial focusing on impoverished children. The difference? One is in communistic (it's actually Juche) world and the other is in a democratic world. The cause may be different you say? Then here comes the politics. Expansion of the organization. Publicity of organizations' agenda. Connections. Deep pockets. And the list goes on. Surely, if it is for the better, then the commercial should be more of improved condition—a glimpse of progress—rather than the same old suffering, no?

The last inquiry brings in the title of this article. Poverty porn. Porn is an addiction to self-gratification. The question is...If the people whom you donated your money becomes much more successful than you, will you truly congratulate them towards their success? Your life has its own complex problems and things. But now others have overcome those obstacles due to your contribution that you could have used to resolve your own complex issues in life. As long as those in the UNICEF commercial stay poor then everything is OK? Perhaps the whole notion of donating is for your own benefit. Self-righteousness. Find one's own solace in this difficult life. An act of forgiveness. Whatever. Just ask yourself. Helping the poor…what purpose does it serve more?

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Big Slick KC: The Importance Behind Celebrities Coming Together in Kansas City

This annual event is one of my favorite things to attend, and it's the 10th year, so it deserves recognition.

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Every year since 2010, Big Slick KC has been a huge event held in Kansas City, Missouri, where celebrities from our favorite shows and movies come together for one weekend to raise money for Children's Mercy Hospital.

The hosts of Big Slick are none other than Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, and David Koechner. Every year, they invite around 40 celebrities to participate in the weekend's events.

This year had some big names like Selena Gomez, Olivia Wilde, Zachary Levi, Haley Joel Osment, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, and many more. Each year they try to bring in new people, while also having some Big Slick veterans return.

The busy and wonderful weekend starts out with the celebrities all coming in and visiting the children at Children's Mercy Hospital, spending time with them and taking pictures. I think it's amazing how they take the time to actually get to know some of the kids that they are raising the money for.

After that, the celebrities head to Kauffman Stadium, break up into two teams, and face-off in a not-so-serious softball game before the Royals game. Each celebrity gets their own signature Royals jersey and they play a few innings. They also come out again and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the seventh-inning stretch.

The next morning, the celebrities all make their way to the Pinstripes bowling alley in Overland Park, where they are greeted by hundreds of awaiting fans.

After the children of Children's Mercy are introduced and walk along the red carpet with their parents, the celebrities follow, taking pictures and signing autographs along the way. They head inside and bowl with the children from the hospital.

That night, the celebrities all come together one last time to host a huge party, this year it was at the Sprint Center, where they all just perform and have a good time. They also host an auction where some pretty cool items and opportunities are auctioned off.

Besides just being a fun event to attend and a good way to see some of your favorite celebrities up close, Big Slick is just so important because of its cause.

This year, Big Slick KC raised around $2.5 million for Children's Mercy Hospital. That brings the total to over $10 million that Big Slick has raised since 2010.

This amazing weekend is always so much fun, not just because some big stars come to a fly over state, but because of the children that they are raising the money for. The hosts and the celebrities that attend all care so much about the cause, and they make a great weekend out of it for anyone who attends.

I'm already looking forward to next year's exciting weekend.

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