Be the Change: Richard Semmler's generosity on a Middle-Class Income

>> Friday, February 11, 2011

Meet Richard Semmler, a 59-year-old mathematics professor who teaches calculus and algebra at Northern Virginia Community College.

Richard also works additional jobs so that he could donate fifty to sixty thousand dollars every year to charity. His goal: to donate $1 million before he dies.

Forgoing such everyday comforts as a home telephone and vacations, living in an efficiency apartment and driving an old car, Semmler has donated as much as half of his annual income or more to charity.

Richard's philanthropy comes at great personal sacrifice - he has learned to live in a small house without cable or internet. Life isn't always about multiplying what you get, he explained. Sometimes, it's about subtraction~


Bob Marley's Redemption Song | Playing For Change

>> Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Today we are honored to share with you all the first video from a new CD/DVD titled, "Songs Around the World, Part 2". This video is a version of "Redemption Song" performed around the world in honor of Bob Marley's birthday.

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

They have reunited Bob with his son Stephen and the support of the entire planet. In this song there is a felling of rising above the past and moving forward with love in our hearts and hope in our eyes.



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