Meet the 12-year-old who changed Jack Black’s life during Red Nose Day challenge
By Elizabeth Murray| 05/11/15 | Today
The moment he landed in Africa, Black said he made a promise to himself not to cry. It wasn’t going to be one of those trips, he told himself. Plus, he’s “not a crier.”
That all changed after he met Felix, a homeless boy who collects glass and metal to raise money for food. “I failed my promise,” he said. “I got very emotional and I was surprised at how it affected me.”
Black said that when he visited kids like Felix walking around Kampala, he couldn’t help but think about his own children.
Making an Impression on Jack Black
Red Nose Day has raised over $21 million so far this year and will not only help to change the lives of countless children living in poverty, but has already significantly altered the life of one of its celebrity endorsers. Normally when you hear someone mention Jack Black, if you know who he is, you associate the name with his comedic roles in popular movies like School of Rock or as the funny front man for his two-person rock band, Tenacious D.
What you don’t immediately think of, or see, is the impassioned, emotional side of Jack Black which was captured on a recent trip to Uganda. In the video that was aired during the campaign’s televised fundraising event, Black is moved to tears as he meets Felix, a homeless 12-year-old whose life depends on collecting and returning recyclables for money.
An Eye-opening Volunteer Experience
The trip and films that he created for the fundraising event, gave Jack Black the opportunity to witness firsthand how Felix and other children like him kept hope in their hearts and maintained a positive outlook, even under unspeakable conditions. The children’s resolve and the very real opportunities that existed to improve their lives opened his eyes and instilled in him an urgent need do whatever he could to help.
In another recent interview Jack Black spoke about how he hopes that his films will continue to inspire people to get involved and give to Red Nose Day charity, “…when you can relate to a person that’s in trouble and you can see the potential there, I think you’re a lot more likely to lend a hand to someone.” Through his stirring film, he is helping the organization to accomplish their mission of helping Felix and other kids like him to achieve their fullest potential.
Inspire Your Supporters To Make A Difference
Your supporters can also help you fulfill your mission. Inspire them with your organization’s purpose, success stories of those you help and tools they can use to play a significant part in your efforts. Use mobile messages to keep them informed, excited and ready to give.
Crowdfunding is another way to motivate your supporters by making it easy for them to help and make a difference when they create individual fundraising pages to promote your organization and raise donations through their network of colleagues, friends and family.
Make an impression on your volunteers using mobile messaging that inspires them to make a difference for your organization.