On set in LA, it would cost $200 for a production assistant to make a music video for one day. In Ethiopia that same $200 means 100 children’s school fees for one term. In NYC, $5000 is the price of hair and makeup for one day, or one year’s schooling for 145 girls in Afghanistan. Sarah McLachlan had $150,000 to make a music video for her song “World on Fire”, instead she used the money to help 16 countries, and spent only $15 to make her video. Sarah McLachlan has been giving money to many diverse charities throughout her singing career, changing lives and brightening smiles to many people around the world. She also developed the Sarah McLachlan Foundation, which is dedicated to younger musicians. The difference that this one person made to ...view middle of the document...
Next, The Sarah McLachlan Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of music education for young people in Canada, and in particular, to benefit youth in under-served communities. This mandate reflects Sarah McLachlans passion for music and her desire to share her success with her fellow Canadians. The Foundation currently underwrites music education programs, which Ms. McLachlan initiates in partnership with operating cultural and/or educational organizations.
Lastly, Sarah McLachlan’s latest music video “World on Fire” shows us that there are more important things in life then making expensive music videos. With the $150,000 she could’ve spent on making a marvelous music video, she instead gave it to eleven different charities around the world that sponsor different areas of Third-World Countries. For example, $10,200 buys 2 hours of film stock or six wells, built into six different countries. In LA, catering for one day would cost $3,000, but instead it bought 10950 meals for street children in Calcutta. That $150,000 could mean just a regular paycheck to many wealthy people. To Sarah McLachlan, it meant making a difference in our not so perfect, world.
Sarah McLachlan has made such an incredible difference in the lives of those living in the sixteen different countries that she lent a helping hand to. Sarah may have opened the eyes to many, and given them the knowledge of what one person can do to make a difference. Many of us are very fortunate to be healthy and have much to spare, yet people are still starving, and suffering worldwide. We can make a difference, as one; together we have the power to heal others. This is the last line in her song “World on Fire”, “The more we take, the less we become, a fortune of one that means less for some”.