This week, the VH1 Blog has been excited to partner up with VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live correspondent Jason Dundas, who recently spent his summer vacation traveling the world to meet the young finalists who are all competing for the $100,000 grand prize at the Do Something! Awards. The show, which will air on Tuesday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, features celebrities and “normal” folk alike who are all putting forth serious effort to make the world a better place, and Jason met them all, took pictures and video of his journey, and created a spectacular post for us chronicling his time with them. Here’s Jason in his own words and photos.
I was lucky enough to spend the last three weeks traveling the world interviewing the five finalists for the 2012 VH1 Do Something Awards: Manyang Kher (Humanity Helping Sudan Project), Meg Bourne (Art Feeds), Katia Gomez (Educate2Envision International), Seth Maxwell (The Thirst Project), and Danny Mendoza (Together We Rise).
When given this assignment from VH1, I simultaneously gave myself the task of finding out exactly what drives these five under 25s, what makes them unlike those of us who are usually only preoccupied with spending money and camping out for the latest iPhone 5. However, on the eve of meeting each finalist, I kept pre-empting the same conclusion. “They have all experienced a life trigger, a dramatic personal event that has altered their outlook,” I kept telling myself.
But the more time I spent with these guys, the more I realized this was hardly the major contributing factor at play here. These finalists, as corny as it sounds, in their own unique way, encapsulate the essence of the phrase “Do Something.” All five possess a fearless youthful instinct which has allowed them to jump into the unknown without even looking for a net.
For the rest of us still in line at the Apple store, the lesson here is not to rush out and dedicate your time to a charity to simply make yourself feel better for a week, but to rather take a bigger look at the way you live your own life and ask yourself: Am I truly living?
Jason Gets His Bob Marley On With DSA Finalist Manyang Kher of the Humanity Helping Sudan Project
Click through the photos below to see more of Jason’s travels with the rest of the finalists.
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