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by Amy and Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas

An Olympic champion sees the impact, heavy metal stars rock out for Armenia and a celebrity chef stages a Food Revolution. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.

Apolo Ohno Sees the Impact

Apolo Ohno, Olympic speed skater and “Dancing with the Stars” champion, has partnered with See Your Impact and is spreading the word about an organization that he says is “the future of philanthropy.”

So many people want to donate to worthy causes but oftentimes wonder if there money is going directly to help the people who need it. See Your Impact has an answer to that question. Simply go to their site, choose the cause you want to contribute to. Within two weeks you’ll get an email describing exactly what good your money did with a photo of the person you helped. 100% of all donations is given to the chosen cause.

And you can give in very small amounts, so everyone can feel they made a contribution. $10 buys a mosquito net for a child in Sierra Leone, $12 supports a Brazilian youth in an apprentice training program and $20 provides a Braille kit to a blind student in India.

Ohno told CNN that people should get involved with this organization because “this is an opportunity to see how they can actually help others who are in need on an instantaneous basis.”

He added, “It has changed me to want to be more. It has inspired me to be a better person.”

Heavy Metal Artists Record Songs for Armenian Music School

Some of heavy metal’s finest have joined forces to form a super group for charity. WhoCares is a new band that includes Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, Whitesnake’s Jon Lord, Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain and Metallica’s Jason Newsted. Gillan and Iommi have been involved with causes to help the people of the country for over 20 years since the devastating earthquake in 1988.

They have recorded two songs “Out of My Mind” and “Holy Water,” which will go on sale on May 6. The proceeds will be donated to rebuild a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. This is the second time musicians have taken to the recording studio to support the country. After the earthquake in the ’80s Gillian and Iommi joined Bryan Adams, David Gilmour, Brian May, Paul Rogers and more on a version of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” to raise relief funds for the region.

On Iommi stated, “Despite all the money that was raised last time, here was a music school doing their best, forgotten, in basic tin sheds. After the warmth and honour bestowed upon us during our visit, we just had to help make a difference and get the school re-built.”

Jamie Oliver Keeps the ‘Food Revolution’ Alive

Unfortunately not every community in America is going to directly benefit from “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” But the celebrity chef explained in a recent conference call interview that he hopes people across the country are inspired to get involved, “People say, ‘What is the ‘Food Revolution’?’ And it really is just trying to get Americans to expect more and getting them a bit more streetwise about food, in general. Absolutely we don’t want people just to watch the show and then turn over and get on with life. I’m hoping, I’m praying that people will get pissed off with some of the stuff that they see in a really healthy way.”

Those who want to make a change can start by visiting his website. “On, we have an activism area where anyone in America can find out where there are similar problems near them or join up with other parents or go to different events.”

But as always, changes starts at home as Jamie noted, “To make it more simplistic just cooking once a week with your family, whether it’s in England or America, is a big deal now and helps reconnect some of those family values and social values and, invisibly, food education.”

Most importantly, fans should just spread the word. “Tell your friends about it, go to and sign the petition that we’re going to take to the White House. We’re now focused [on] what I think is coming out of the show is that we know so much about diet-related disease and obesity and the damage and the cost of it that it’s simply not good enough that it’s not a requirement for every child in America to be taught about food in school. And for it not to be a requirement is simply ignoring a massive opportunity to make positive change. So that’s what the petition is about.”

Join the “Food Revolution” at the show’s official website.

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