Richard Gere has a pet peeve and it’s not something trivial. The 66-year-old ‘Pretty Woman’ star thinks society is “too selfish” and believes most people need to give their worldview some thought. Speaking up on behalf of homeless people around the globe, Gere says, “Housing is the most important thing in bringing anyone back into society. It’s that sense of self… that ‘I’ll exist and have some importance to people around me’. I’m saddened that we’re all too selfish to help each other as much as we should.”
For Gere, it doesn’t stop with talk. The actor features in a documentary-style film about homelessness, titled ‘Time Out of Mind’ and he’s perfect for the part because he has already dedicated more than a decade of his life to working for the benefit of the homeless. “There are an infinite number of stories that lead people to being on the street — it’s not just mental illness,” Gere adds, suggesting we all need to be more sensitive and less judgemental.
Setting a personal example by supporting social causes through The Gere Foundation, Richard paves the path with regard to charity work. For more than 25 years, he has used his success and resources to bring attention to a number of important global issues, including the human rights of the Tibetan people and the spread of AIDS (particularly in India). Working closely with a Delhi-based NGO, Gere has even funded India’s first residential facility dedicated to serving women and orphaned children with AIDS. It’s time to take a page out of his book and get on the bandwagon in whatever way we can.
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