Posted by: Bob C. Cleckler | April 7, 2011

Are You Friends With a Celebrity?

No project — no matter how worthy — can succeed without publicity. No one can help a humanitarian project succeed unless they know about the project. There are dozens of celebrities who claim to be interested in education, literacy, dyslexia and/or solving illiteracy. There are even more celebrities who claim to be interested in poverty reduction. Studies referred to in my previous blogs have proven that 48.7% of U.S. adults are functionally illiterate, defined as the inability to read and write well enough to hold an above-poverty-level-wage job, and that 31.2% of functional illiterates are in poverty, and that they are more than twice as likely to be in poverty as a result of their illiteracy as for all other reasons combined. Getting celebrities’ attention, however, is extremely difficult. They have “screeners” who screen their telephone calls and email and snail mail.

Celebrities are too busy and too self-important to pay attention to anyone they do not know personally. If you know personally one of the celebrities who claims to be interested in literacy — or if you know someone who knows one of them personally — their help is badly needed by hundreds of millions of English functional illiterates. For the sake of an estimated 600 million English functional illiterates around the world, including more than 93 million functional illiterate adults in the U.S. alone, and for the sake of every U.S. adult — reader and non-reader alike — who must spend over $5000 each year because of the mistakes and inabilities of illiterates, please spend a few minutes on our homepage http://LearnToReadNow.org. If you agree with our humanitarian project, please urge the celebrity you know personally to carefully, honestly examine this new website. Do not try to convince them of the value of something you do not believe in yourself; they will quickly decide you are wasting their time if you do not believe in what you are urging them to do.

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