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4/12 - Gerard Butler on Haiti:

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From USA Today

"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."

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Thank you so much for posting this, Cheryl.

That was such a lovely read. I'll admit that I'm a little sensitive to such stories now, so I once again cried, just as I did seeing the pictures earlier, but it was such a treasure to see Gerry speak in his own words about so much that he is giving back. Better late than never, Gerry! I myself am a contributor for Doctors Without Borders since just before Christmas, and since they have been working with Haiti, like Gerry, I find it's absolutely rewarding to be a part of something that helps others. I'm constantly told by my family that hundreds od donations are given to such causes all the time and I need to focus on my budget, but I tell them the same thing: I have a roof over my head, I have clothes, food, fresh water and a pretty good book of health, so why should I let them go without the same? Besides, if hundreds of donations are given, then wonderful! I'm another to help it along even more.

What APJ is doing is fantastic, and what KKC is doing is fantastic. I can't praise these people and everyone involved enough for giving their hearts, time, and effort into it. It really gives you a real big boost to see so many people with so much love for others. It humbles me very much too. To know that even though I have troubles in my life as of late, that there's still devastation that needs to be fixing elsewhere, and I can put it out of my mind for a while.

Thank you, Gerry for all that you do. And thank you APJ and KKC. My gratitude runs deeper than you know.

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Gerry is the best! I would've never heard of APJ or KKC without his involvement. I've been very guilty of making excuses to not be more giving...mostly using the lame excuse that a donation of only a few dollars I could afford to give wouldn't make a difference. I know now that's bullsh*t. Every little bit helps and added to others' little bit does in fact make a difference. So no more excuses. I vow to make a donation to APJ and KKC once I get paid again on Thursday. Wow...that was such an inspiring letter from our Gerry.

He's a remarkable inspiration. :whome2:

I love Gerry and all my fellow GALS here on the forum! :love::kiss:

Edited by Christine ONeal

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What a wonderful, wonderful article! It appears that Gerry had a ghostwriter, but still, it was SO great to hear an article written in Gerry's own voice!

The man truly is an inspiration, and I say that in more than just the abstract. I've always been a very humanitarian person, and very personally emotionally affected by the tragedies of the world, but for a long time I had the "I'm just one person" syndrome. I didn't think that there was anything that I could personally do to make things better in the world, and I would get lost and overwhelmed by the tragedy and the sadness. And then I saw the way Gerry reacted to Haiti. I saw in his eyes the same sadness and hopelessness that I felt... but it didn't stay "hopeless" for Gerry! He found a way to get involved and make a difference. And through his influence, so did I.

I've never really donated to charities before. I'm still in school, I have an extremely limited budget, blah blah blah. But like Amy's message reflected above, I still had a lot more than most people had, and I certainly did have some wiggle room in my budget. So, this year I made contributions to both KKC and for relief for Haiti.

It was so great to read this article and see it come through just how much Gerry believes in and supports both of these important causes. Kids Kicking Cancer is an amazing organization, and as student of the martial arts myself, I know just how much of a difference they could make in the lives of someone struggling through something that's bigger than they are. It gives the children an opportunity to fight back, when they may have no other way to do so. I would love to meet some of these amazing children, and the caring and devoted instructors. I'd love to volunteer more than my money; I wish I could get involved directly and volunteer my time. (I have a pretty decent side kick!)

And of course, Haiti. This article was needed now more than ever to draw attention to a tragedy that has been pushed out of the minds of most people. It's not over just because it's been months since the quake... It's not over just because there aren't commercials on TV every minute soliciting donations... It's not over just because it's been months since celebrities held a telethon... It's not over. Haiti was shattered, and it will take a commitment of years from the world's governments, private organizations, and caring individuals to put it back together. I'm so proud that Gerry is there on the ground floor, working to ensure that NONE of us puts this tragedy out of our minds.

Bravo Gerry. Bravo. I have never been more proud to be your fan.

Stephanie

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Steph. I could not have put that any better myself. Very well said!

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DANG! Gerry is the ABSOLUTE BEST! I had tears in my eyes reading that. I agree whole-heartedly with what has been said already. The only "reward" for me will be the knowledge that someone's life is a bit brighter because others care about them. I love Gerry. :bow:

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Lord, he's amazing. :swoon:

"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.

Please consider helping our neighbors in Haiti, teaming with the amazing young people in KKC or doing something in your own community. Sharing your time and resources with others is an incredible gift — for them and for you."

He is incredibly self aware.

Edited by BaileyS

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"Whatever ye do unto least these my brethren you have done also unto me."

~Jesus Christ Holy Bible

That is one of my favorite scriptures, of course it is all people of all faiths or no faith at all that are remembering we are all truly connected.

This is truly the epitome of loving one's neighbor and remembering one's neighbor is every person on this earth.

I am proud to call myself a Gerry Butler fan even more after reading that.

I appreciate all that everyone has done to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

Love,

Tracy

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Gerry's lived more than one life during his forty years, I believe. He's a person who is capable of such evolving and change. I think of the song "Amazing Grace" when I think of him sometimes; "I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind but now I see".

I had to edit to add this after looking at the pics.

I feel so proud to see him in these pictures with such people as Demi, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, and all the rest! These are not only big and respected names in Hollywood but they are people who are strong activists. For Gerry to be amongst them and take the time out of his hectic schedule to go down there, not to mention make the commitment that he did for the school, I can't tell you how it makes me feel other than I am so honored to be his fan, more so than any other time and I didn't think that was possible! "Love you, Gerry!"

Delene

Edited by GBPhanatic

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I just can't say it enough. Gerry is without a doubt a most caring and compassionate man....but I would also like to praise all the other stars that I see in the pictures with Gerry...Even though we of course are here for Gerry I think they deserve our Kudos as well. It takes a Country! I could only make a small donation so far but each and every little contribution adds up my friends. But it's understandable that some just do not have the funds or resources right now and that's okay. As long as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers ...well that's making a contribution in my way of thinking. Myself....I'm a good change saver! I just check through to the bottom of my purses and sometimes I even surprise myself!:D Whatever I find goes into a charity fund. :unsure:

:wave: Frannie

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That's a good way to do it Frannie! If you spend a lot of cash, you can accumulate change pretty quickly, and it's money that you likely wouldn't miss. Every little bit helps!!

Steph

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Love your siggy Steph!

I really didn't notice all the celebs but Gerry. (Oh, I'll look) What I noticed were the little faces and bodies of those little kids. They are the brave ones. OMG! They break my heart. Yeah Gerry is wonderful, I agree. We wouldn't be aware of the problem if not for the volunteers and celebs. Having said that, I don't put them on a pedestal. It's those kids I lift up. (wiping tears) They are living in this situation. They are the ones in a living disaster, with hurt bodies and loss of family members living in a broken country. Thank Heavens, for people like Gerry who want to help and bring awareness of the situation to the world.

Sally

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I am so happy to see Gerry's visit and USA article get so much attention from the various media outlets today. I get so tired of the dreary assortment of tabloid lies & gossip that make the rounds, this is very refreshing and is far more indicative of who Gerry is then the gossip fodder we usually see.

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I always give to the Red Cross so that it goes wherever it is needed. Not just for Haiti, but for all disaster relief. I was a little disheartened one night about a month ago watching the news and saw coverage of another actor with his personal camcorder walking around the tarmac shooting footage of thousands of crates just sitting there. Not being distributed to anyone. He walked around and stopped in different areas that had not even been given water to drink, let alone something to sleep in,etc. It was all about the government's red tape. I hope that was taken care of and I hope the money that comes through the Red Cross bypasses all of that, but I can't help but worry that it doesn't. One of the doctors that I work with was there in Feb and he sent back an email. He was whatever they needed- ER doc, woundcare secialist, nurse, emt, surgeon, etc. He encouraged all faculty and staff that if they could, to please go and to please be flexible and not expect to just be within your specialty. I keep meaning to ask him if he is going back. We also still have our Haiti relief fund going here. I personally have never lived through a disaster and can't even begin to imagine what they are going through. All I can do is pray for them.

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I think that Gerry has really grown into being the man he can be proud to be.

Love ya Gerry!! :kiss:

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Not much else to add that everyone hasn't already said. Just to add my :2cents: of how proud I am of Gerry for how he is becoming more and more self-aware and self-assured. He really is inspiring to do better in life.

I also really liked that he wrote this article with the help of a ghost writer. That was a nice thing to see in print. :)

Lisa

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That was a really great article and I still think and will keep saying that it is really great of him to give back now that he has the ability to,I have respect for those who use their "fame" for good. Another thing I noticed in some of the photos is how expressive his face and eyes are of what he's feeling on the inside.God bless him and those poor folks down there. And as much of a rogue he thinks he is or has been,he is really such a good man. :)

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