Tuesday, January 12, 2010

30 Days of Justice: ONE

3:02 AM
When I think of celebrity role models, usually negative images come to mind...Miley Cyrus, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and so on and so on. But one celebrity consistently defies this norm, and that is Bono. The uber-famous lead singer of U2 is known for his incredible voice, amazing stage presence, and more recently, his fight against injustice.

Bono and co-founders are responsible for ONE, a campaign against poverty in Africa. In 2004, organizations such as DATA, Bread for the World Institute, CARE USA, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan USA, Save the Children, World Concern, World Vision joined together to create a new, non-partisan campaign to mobilize a movement of Americans from all walks of life in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable global disease. ONE's mission is to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease in the poorest places on the planet, particularly in Africa, where the challenges are the greatest.

ONE covers issues from education to agriculture to HIV/AIDS treatment to debt cancellation. They are literally jumping in the deep end, and tackling the biggest problems in our world today. And they are doing it with star power. Bono was the initial face of this campaign, but now celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester, Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick, Heroes' Hayden Panettiere, High School Musical's Corbin Bleu, Twilight's Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone, 90210's Tristan Wilds, and so many more can be seen promoting this cause. I love that we live in a time where helping others and saving our world is accepted, expected and respected. With the help of Bono and these huge organizations who are doing so much, our world will be a better place.

If you want to get involved with ONE, check them out online and help make poverty history.

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!