by Madelle Morgan
The groom in Caught on Camera, the buff and gorgeous A-list actor Halden Armstrong, has a favorite charitable cause: Save the Whales. In this post I explain why, of all the worthy causes out there, I chose this one for my character.
The 1996 move Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, brought the plight of humpback whales to the attention of the general public. Whales have been hunted for centuries and, appallingly, several nations continue to "harvest" these magnificent, intelligent creatures. Species survival is threatened. That is fact, not Star Trek fiction.
The 2012 film Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore, was based on Operation Breakthrough in Alaska. In 1988, ordinary people generated media attention and international cooperation to save a family pod trapped in the ice. Individuals can make a difference.
In real life many celebrities bring attention to environmental issues. My character Halden - a wealthy star with integrity - similarly uses his power and influence to make the world a better place.
Candy's professional smile wavered. "Halden insisted that the wedding invitations specify that, in lieu of gifts, donations be made to his Save the Whales campaign. He said he hoped to set a precedent."
People support causes close to their hearts by voting for political parties and candidates with aligned policies, by contributing funds to lobbying groups, and by not buying products of companies that damage the environment. For example, after many years as a staunch member of the Conservative Party of Canada, my husband became disgusted with their anti-environment policies and recently joined Canada's Green Party. I am so proud. My nephew supports Greenpeace. During my engineering career I witnessed first hand the accelerating effects of climate change across Canada, especially in the far north. I worked towards improving industrial, commercial and residential energy efficiency. If everyone takes a small action, it can create big results.
Caught on Camera character Wendy demonstrates her support of Halden's cause this way.
Wendy wore a figure-hugging pink number with a plunging neckline that drew the eye to plump breasts. Real boobs, with a small tattoo of a humpback whale low on the left. It leaped on the swell of her bosom with every indrawn breath. Surprise, surprise. Candy's practical, dependable personal assistant hid a smoking hourglass figure under the slacks and baggy shirts she habitually wore.
What charitable cause is close to your heart, and how do you support it?