George Michael: The Secret Samaritan

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Last month we all heard the shocking of George Michael's death on Christmas Day 2016.
The pop legend was only 53 years old, which is so tragically young.

Since then, many charities and people have publicly come forward to talk about how George Michael secretly helped them without expecting any kind of fuss - from the story of a woman who mentioned that he funded her IVF treatment, to David Walliams Tweeting about the time when George Michael donated money when he swan across the river Thames for charity.

Now, I really don't want to get into a debate about whether or not it was right or wrong for these people to come forward about the times when he helped them out. I'm a huge fan of Wham! and the popstar himself but after his death I really don't think it's the right time to discuss any of this, even though I understand the intentions of doing so. If he wanted his actions kept quiet then perhaps things should have stayed that way.

Anyway, I think there is a lot of learn from this. There are so many people out there who are so quick to preach about how how "good" they are but their actions don't show that. George Michael is a perfect example of how to do good in the right way. He didn't feel the need to scream about it from the rooftops. He didn't run to the press and brag about it. He just did it and stayed silent.

Also, I find it very admirable how George Michael - who was reported to have been worth around £105 million - was willing to help others out financially for various causes. Perhaps certain celebrities ought to take note instead of finding any means and/or excuses to hide their money away or spend it mindlessly.

George Michael was a legend, a popstar with a philanthropic side to his nature and a secret Samaritan who didn't want to make a fuss over his acts of kindness, and I really like that. It's a trait to treasure.

RIP George Michael.

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