I was able to catch a good part of the Hope For Haiti Now  telethon, enough to make me regret not having seen the entire show. It was excellent—great performances, superb production, and most importantly, the focus was kept exactly where it belonged: Haiti the suffering of the Haitian people, and our moral imperative to help in any way that we can.
Given the star power and the urgency of the cause, it was really no surprise that it was television at its finest. However, there was more to the story. It was humanity at its finest.
Consider some unexpected wisdom from singer/songwriter Tyrese, who participated in the on-air telephone bank (by the way, imagine calling to make a donation and having Jack Nicholson or Steven Spielberg take your call! Unbelievable.) When Tyrese was interviewed by MTV after the show, he eloquently pointed out that when success and fame come your way, you are provided with a stage. What you do with that platform is up to you, and hopefully you will use it to help others.
Well said. That concept applies to all of us. We all have a role to play in the lives of those around us, and it’s important to show up. Those Hollywood stars may not have lifesaving medical skills or search and rescue expertise, but they have their fame and its ability to draw attention to a cause.
We, the viewers, may not have their fame, but we have our sheer numbers. Each of us working together to chip in small amounts added up to a total take of over $57 million to ease the pain and suffering of our fellow human beings in Haiti.
And that is why it is important to show up. We’re all counting on you, and you on us. You may not have it all, but you need to bring what you have.
Carolyn Kepcher is the CEO of Work Her Way . Photo courtesy of the United Nations Development Programme , used with permission.