The greatest joy is the joy of giving. The feeling of satisfaction that comes with giving back to society in one way or the other is unbeatable. Social activities of celebrities play an added role in not only helping those in need but also encouraging their fans to contribute as well. Many Kollywood celebrities volunteer, create NGOs for charity and even donate in times of natural calamities. Here is a list of celebrities who are social activists.
Agaram Foundation -
Suriya founded the Agaram Foundation in September 2006. The main aim of this foundation is to provide education to all children, improve the rural school infrastructure, and enable students to get their basic education. Many other initiatives of this foundation, like Vazhikaatigal and Vidhai, are also funded by him. This foundation has a very firm root and a massive impact on Suriya’s life. Not stopping with just schools, this foundation has also extended arms to help out villages by constructing toilets, encouraging women by giving them vocational opportunities, and helping students graduate from colleges as well.
Born For The Society -
Being a brain tumor survivor himself, Lawrence acknowledges the importance of rehabilitation. Starting from the bottom, he rose to his position, and now he is a renowned director among the various roles he plays. He has always been a social activist. He gathered amputees, paralysis victims, and other differently-abled people, with a passion for dance, and started a dance academy dedicated solely for them. This studio gave them a purpose, and they were also cast in many of his movies. He has also participated, provided food and other utilities during the Jallikattu protest in Tamil Nadu.
Saviour Sailor -
At the time of the South Indian floods of 2015, Siddharth was in Chennai. He tweeted that his house was flooded. He took the initiative and started to help out the people in need. He tweeted the time and day when he was helping people with transport. He also provided food and medicines, helped deliver them to the flooded houses. The floods washed many real heroes to the shore.
Unicef Ambassador -
Trisha is an animal-loving person, and this has taken effect in her actions. She is the Goodwill ambassador for PETA. She has urged people to adopt local breed strays rather than foreign breeds. She is also the UNICEF brand ambassador. She has voiced out her opinions on women’s rights. She has also done many volunteer works to battle the malnutrition problem prevailing in India.
Pratyusha Support - Samantha Akkineni
With centers in Andhra and Tamil Nadu, Samantha co-founded the Pratyusha Support. This organization helps unprivileged people with medical conditions get prompt treatment. They have tied knots with many hospitals in the south Indian states. They have also extended their boundary to cover blood donation camps, free medical camps in rural areas, eye camps, as well as awareness programs in various clusters.
Arivum Anbum (Intelligence And Kindness Remains) -
The entire world came to a stop with the global pandemic. It was all novel, and it upturned every person’s life. This situation proved to be a great disadvantage to rich and poor alike, mainly to daily wage workers, leading to increasing suicide rates. Kamal Haasan has written, sung, and released a video montage song of all the singers, titled aptly as ‘when everything else goes away, intelligence and kindness prevail.’ He had delivered a beautiful message with a powerful tune. His ‘Narpani Iyakkam’ is in effect for nearly 37 years now, providing social service domains to people all over India. This organization has adopted and cleaned more than 24 lakes in Tamil Nadu.
Corona Warrior -
Vijay Sethupathi is called Makkal Selvan, and he deserves the title. He involves himself in many social activities, always ready to help others. In the recent pandemic situation, he has urged people to follow the ICMR protocols. He has contributed to the Uyir Thuli foundation in Trichy, encouraging corona survivors to donate plasma. That way, they can help those who cannot fight the virus themselves.
Natural Disaster Relief Fund -
Be it cyclones every monsoon or a global pandemic; actor Ajith Kumar has always extended his helping hands. During the recent global pandemic, he had donated 1.25 crores. He also encourages his amass of fans not to waste money on his birthday but rather donate to those in need.
Jallikattu Hero -
As the president of the Tamil actors’ association, Vishal was an active member during the protest against the ban of Jallikattu. He had organized a silent protest of all the actors in support of Jallikattu's cause. The whole of Tamil Nadu backed up by the support from the actors, had a major impact on the law. He had also written a letter to the Prime Minister regarding this issue, demanding a revoke in the law.
Makkal Iyakkam- Vijay
Actor ‘Vijay’ is always a passionate helper of people. He has donated 1.3 crores for the corona relief program. Previously, he has contributed to the Kerala flood relief as well. He founded the Vijay Makkal Iyakkam in July 2009. This organization involved all of his fans, and they spread their work over a lot of leagues like cyclone relief, the fund for school, and college education.