“Before, I didn’t like charity. I just wanted to be famous and to earn more money,” says Chan. “My friends taught me and now I like to do charity. Even when I am sleeping, I think how I can help other people. Every human being has to learn how to do charity.”
Action star Jackie Chan’s high-speed activity doesn’t stop when the cameras do. An enthusiastic supporter of charities including UNICEF, Operation Smile and his own Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, last year saw Chan using much of his spare time to visit the remotest parts of China on his Dragon’s Heart Charity Missions.
The Dragon’s Heart Foundation strives to meet the needs of poverty-stricken children and the elderly in the hardest-to-reach areas of the immense country. Chan has made several trips to villages in these remote locations, bringing warm clothing, wheelchairs and school supplies, and helping to build schools.
In February of 2008, the Rush Hour star was on hand to donate 450 down coats to The Salvation Army for victims of the China snowstorms, and since 2004, Jackie’s charity has built 20 Dragon’s Heart Schools, providing education to some of China’s poorest citizens.
Jackie founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988 to help young people in a variety of worthy causes, including medical services, aid to victims of natural disaster or illness, scholarships and youth activities.
Jackie is currently a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.
Upon hearing about the 2007 Yunnan earthquake, Jackie immediately began making phone calls to find out what supplies were needed and how he could help.
- Made a considerable donation to the Civil Aviation Institute in Guanghan, China to fund programs for student pilots and airline staff
- Filmed a Public Service Announcement to warn children about the dangers of Avian Flu
- Visited the Yunan Province of China for the opening ceremony of Angels With Wings (a campaign which helps poor children attend school by supplying them with books, clothing, and other necessities)
- Hosted a series of concerts to raise money for disabled children and the elderly
- Visited several facilities for the elderly
- Visited an Operation Smile hospital
- Sang at charity concerts to benefit local children’s charities
- Donated warm coats to The Salvation Army in Hong Kong to aid the elderly
- Founded the Jackie Chan Civil Aviation Foundation, a charity which provides program funding for flight personnel (pilots, flight attendants, and other crew) and their trainers
- Spent four days on Dragon’s Heart Charity Mission travelling to remote and poverty stricken areas of the Guizhou Province of China.
He was also made an honorary principal of a college and given the title of Cultural Ambassador by the Chinese government.
- Crossing Borders Fund Raising Show and check presentation
- Presentation of a check for Children’s Welfare, Korea
- We Are The World recording for tsunami relief
- Donation to benefit Asian Moon Bears
- MTV Asia Aid (tsunami aid)
- Official Patron of Action in Mental Health
- Forces of Nature Benefit Concert, Malaysia
- Donation of his personal stamp collection to benefit China Children’s Day Charity, and participated in the charity’s concert
- Visits to Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam as UNICEF Ambassador, and a visit to Urumqi where he provided a medical team for exams
- Xinjiang Charity Event, auction and movie screening
- Presented a HK$1 million to UNICEF from Mr. Eddie Ho
- Recorded “It’s A Wonder” with Agness Chan
- Dragon's Heart Charity Events
- Walk With Pride, Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser
- Jackie Chan Charity Weekend (Concert, Charity Cup Rally, Fundraising Banquet)
- UNICEF’s Change For Good Program
- Care for Elderly Charitable Ticket Fundraiser
- Fundraiser for Hong Kong’s San Kwong Theater to help support classic art of Cantonese Opera
- SGX Bull Run for Charity
- UNICEF’s World Children’s Day Campaign
- Dragon’s Heart Charity Missions in Jilin and Xinjiang
- Giving Warmth to the Elderly
- Jackie Chan 2005 Scholarships
- 1,000 sweaters for seniors
- HK$500,000 to UNICEF tsunami relief
- 300 coats to seniors
- 12 million yuan, with Albert Yueng, to establish the China Social Work Association, Jackie Chan and Albert Yeung Community Charity Fund
- 2 million yuan to the China Children and Teenagers Fund
Jackie also signed items for charity auctions to benefit HK Children’s Cancer Center Yam Pak Charity Fund, attended the Around the World in 80 Days Charity screening in Hawaii, and had a private charity dinner to help recover remains of the war dead.