Nothing to hate about Heath...
Many of us first fell in love with Heath Ledger in Ten Things I Hate About You. We all wanted to be Kat, aka Julia Stiles, and have a diamond in the rough kind of guy like Patrick, Mr. Heath Ledger, sing to us on the bleachers and buy us fancy guitars. It has been just over three years ago since Ledger’s tragic death, and I am thankful to have experienced what he was capable of as an actor and a humanitarian. I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.
Two bucks for a heart? That's a steal
Variety-The Children’s Charity has adopted the mission of improving the lives of children in local communities and around the world. Ledger and his Brokeback Mountain co-star Jake Glyllenhall shared this mission, and auctioned off a couple of their shirts from the screenplay for Variety. Over 80 years ago a group of eleven men from the entertainment business gathered in Pittsburgh, PA (better luck next time Steelers) to discuss their newly formed charity to help children. Today they have their Kids on the Go! program that helps families afford walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other devices to help kids gain mobility and confidence. You can also bear a heart of gold like Yogi starting next month. Patrick used music to win Kat over, but Ledger believed that the power of music can educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Enter Lifebeat, the non-profit charity that was created nineteen years ago to bring awareness to a terrible disease through beats and lyrics, and some famous faces. Britney Spears, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, OutKast, Sarah McLachlan, and Destiny’s Child have all invited LB to be a part of their tours and distribute condoms, and life saving information about HIV/AIDS prevention and testing. LB also harnesses the talents of singers to lift the spirits of those living with HIV or AIDS in New York City. Even Jewel and LL Cool J have crooned for LB’s Hearts and Voices program.
Variety-The Children’s Charity Donation
So here’s to you things I hate about you! You gave us a movie to watch again and again, and a beautiful boy to fall in love with over and over again. You gave us a catchy poem that has it’s own web address so people who didn’t memorize the words from watching the movie can enjoy it as often as they like. How do we love charities? Let us count the ways!