Action star Jackie Chan’s high-speed activity doesn’t stop when the cameras do. An enthusiastic supporter of hundreds of charities including UNICEF, Operation Smile and his own Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, Chan offers the Look To The Stars writers an incredible challenge just trying to keep on top of his good works!
Chan spends countless hours helping others, and has been known to drop everything to find out how he can be of service after disasters strike. He raises millions of dollars to help those in need. In the first 8 months of 2010, he raised $36 million to help people across the globe, from Haiti to Singapore:
- Donated 5 million RMB (US $732,000) to help Haiti earthquake victims.
- Worked with WildAid to support preservation of endangered tigers.
- Donation of school supplies to “Charming Schools” in China
- Raised US $5.2 million in donations for the Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution
- Helped raise US 29 million for drought relief in China.
- Visited Qinghai, China to bring food, water, and supplies to victims of the April 14, 6.9 magnitude earthquake
- Participated in the “Artistes 414 Fundraising Campaign” concert to raise money for victims of the April 14th earthquake in China
- Charity mission to Tongren in the Guizhou province of China to bring much-needed water and supplies to the drought stricken area.
2009 saw Chan using much of his spare time to visit the remotest parts of China on his Dragon’s Heart Charity Missions.
The Dragon’s Heart Foundation strives to meet the needs of poverty-stricken children and the elderly in the hardest-to-reach areas of the immense country. Chan has made several trips to villages in these remote locations, bringing warm clothing, wheelchairs and school supplies, and helping to build schools.
In February of 2008, the Rush Hour star was on hand to donate 450 down coats to The Salvation Army for victims of the China snowstorms, and since 2004, Jackie’s charity has built 20 Dragon’s Heart Schools, providing education to some of China’s poorest citizens.
“Before, I didn’t like charity. I just wanted to be famous and to earn more money,” says Chan. “My friends taught me and now I like to do charity. Even when I am sleeping, I think how I can help other people. Every human being has to learn how to do charity.”
Jackie founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988 to help young people in a variety of worthy causes, including medical services, aid to victims of natural disaster or illness, scholarships and youth activities.