Jackie Chan is the subject of a fantastic article on celebrity charity giving in Forbes Asia Magazine.
“Fame has transformed Chan into one of Asia’s premier philanthropists,” reads the article, by Ron Gluckman. "Others may give more or get more attention, but probably nobody works harder for more causes than Chan. ‘Every time we ask him to do an event, he agrees without any question,’ says Anthony Lau, director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Chan has been the face of everything from no-smoking campaigns to cleanup efforts. Lau recalls requesting the star’s appearance in Japan two years ago. Chan was working in remote China but flew 30 hours straight to the event. “The next day, he made the journey back—another 30 hours.”
“Chan has always regretted his lack of a formal education. So when he launched the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988, it offered scholarships and other help to young people. Over the years the scope has broadened to include medical services, help for the poor and quick responses to natural disasters. After China’s Sichuan earthquake he donated more than $1.3 million to relief. His impact is multiplied when he lends his name and puts his boundless energy behind a cause.
“In the homespun wisdom of Jackie Chan, the way forward is simple. ‘I do small things. I try to do good things every day. If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be.’”
To read the entire article, click here.