by Michael dEstries
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gerard butlerIn a new article for USA Today, Gerard Butler opens up on mixing charity with fame — and how becoming successful has made him want to give back even more. Here are some excerpts:

“For a good part of my life, I’ve been a bit of a rogue — not always living the best, healthiest, most responsible life. But I feel like I’ve turned myself around, gotten my personal life and career together, and I love what I do. Along with this contentment has come an increasing desire to give back to others.”

“Last January, I took part in the Hope for Haiti telethon that George Clooney organized, and I was overwhelmed at the love and support that came in from across America and around the world. It was a great experience, but what touched me even more was how thankful and appreciative the donors were to me — even though they were the ones calling in and donating money.”

“If I’m being honest, I have to say I’m a bit of latecomer to the world of giving back. It’s mostly come since I started acting. With an increased profile, I was approached to support various causes. I used to think “why me?” but then I realized that lending my support to an important cause can raise its visibility and hopefully encourage others to support it, too. We all have a voice and the ability to make a contribution — whether financially or through volunteering.”

Check out the full article here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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