More than a twerking wildchild

We first knew her as the adorable popstar who was trying to live a normal life. Over the last few years, though, everything we have heard and read about Miley Cyrus has pointed to her being a wild child who loves to court controversies. Below the surface, though, and you will find the good Southern belle who just wants to be happy and make others happy.

Do you know how Miley celebrated her sixteenth birthday? By handing over a million dollars from Disney to Youth Services America, an organization that works for the welfare of troubled youth. And her twentieth was spent raising funds for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). All through her career, the Hannah Montana star has done several shows for the benefit of charities.

In all, she supports more than 40 nonprofit organizations including Amnesty International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back, Feeding America, Stand Up To Cancer and Red Cross. Often called an unlikely activist, the causes that Miley supports include animal rights, cancer, senior citizens support, substance abuse, homeless and LGBT issues.

Cyrus won the Video of the Year award in 2014 which was received by a homeless man. Instead of a typical acceptance speech, he spoke about the problems faced by the homeless community of Los Angeles and how people could help them. She uses all her social media pages to bring attention to several important issues. While Miley may use unconventional and controversial ways to bring to the fore the issues she believes in, she takes the big, bold step of opening up and talking about things that others may never talk about in public.

In one of her interviews, she even urges people to start their charitable pursuits at a young age. She argued that if one can learn to play music or other skills during childhood, why can’t they also be taught to give back to the society at that age. “The truth is, it’s never too early to get involved. Someday today’s kids will be running for President. Now is our prep time. We need to get some practice in before we save the world,” she reasoned.

If this unlikely activist has inspired you to make a difference in the world, start with hopping over to Crowdera where you may find people waiting for your help.

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