Jamie Oliver’s Supported Charities
For Chef Jamie Oliver to join The Sunday Times the Giving List of charitable donors at number 22 this year, he must have had such a generous heart, much more than what his pocket could offer. Even though Oliver faced difficulties during the credit crunch he remains faithful to his charity work and his purpose to help people in UK and all over the world.
Chef Oliver has been supporting causes on Abuse, Addiction, Animals, At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Children, Disaster Relief, Economic/Business Support, Education, Environment, Homelessness, Human Rights, Hunger, Miscellaneous, and Poverty, through certain charitable organizations he has adjoined with. These are some of the charity works he has supported in the recent years according to Look To The Stars.
• CAFOD or the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development is the official relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales whose mission is to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian faith and Gospel values.
• Comic Relief uses comedy to help raise awareness and funds for those in need. The UK Comic Relief is committed to helping end poverty and social injustice in the UK and around the world. Oliver has taken part in Comic Relief by making exclusive books including, Jamie’s Little Book of Big Secrets in 2007 and Jamie’s Red Nose Recipes in 2009.
• Prince’s Trust Offers support by training, mentoring and financial assistance to help disadvantaged young people achieve their potential. More than half a million people have been helped so far. While campaigning for Jamie’s School Dinners, Oliver offered the use of his very own gingerbread recipe to become part of Prince Charles’ Duchy Originals range of foods, the profits from which go directly to the Prince’s Trust charity.
• Rays of Sunshine was set up to make wishes come true for terminally and seriously ill children between the ages of 3-18 in the United Kingdom, as well as to buy vitally needed equipment for those children, and to support the hospitals, hospices and specialist schools that care for them, by purchasing equipment and funding capital projects.
• RSPCA or The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, established in 1824, works towards a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom. RSPCA
• Fifteen Foundation, founded by Jamie Oliver himself, exists to inspire disadvantaged young people – homeless, unemployed, overcoming drug or alcohol problems – to believe that they can create for themselves great careers in the restaurant industry. Disadvantaged youths are shown the trade in the Foundation’s restaurants located in London, Amsterdam, Melbourne and western England.
• The Jamie Oliver Foundation is a registered charity whose mission is to raise awareness of the importance of nutritious food and cooking and their impact on the lives of everyone, especially children and other vulnerable groups. It does this through assistance in education, training and employment.
According to The Sunday Times Giving List released in April, Oliver has given donations amounting to £2.7 million, which equates to 4.2% of his wealth. Although, Oliver has earned enough to enter The Sunday Times Rich List, he has also admitted that he had borrowed money from his family when banks refused to give him a business loan.
For all his undertakings are worth, Oliver’s mission to campaign for healthy living has paid its way as Oliver wins this year’s TED Prize, an award given every year to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and One Wish to Change the World. Here is Oliver’s winning wish:
“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.” – Jamie Oliver.
His simple desire to change the people’s way of cooking and eating may not be grand as rocket scientists are concerned but looking at his charitable life, he certainly deserves to have this one wish granted, if not for him, at least for the people he has touched the lives of as well as to those who will need his help in the future.