The power of one

Everyone from actors to business leaders to teenagers has weighed in on “Kony 2012,” the 30-minute video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony that was released last month. It rapidly went viral and became the most-viewed video in Internet history.

Given the devastating scale of atrocities in Uganda, we can feel small and insignificant in the face of such enormous need and suffering. What difference can one person make? Too often it is more comfortable to stay focused on our day-to-day activities and not think about the horrors of poverty, abuse and famine that exist around the world. Or maybe they’re simply five miles from where we live. 

It’s good to know that we can make a difference as we are, where we are. The power of one matters.

Not long ago, human trafficking was a glaring injustice that most believed happened only in far away countries, like Uganda. Thanks in large part to the awareness efforts of locally based organization Trafficking Hope started by one couple, Lee and Laura Domingue, we now know that human traffickers victimize people in the United States and even in our community. Trafficking Hope will host its second annual Faces of Hope Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 21. Its goal is to continue raising money for awareness campaigns and for a Hope House in our area. For more information or tickets, visit  

If your passion is for man’s best friend, Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge focuses its efforts on increasing the save rate of all potential pets at the East Baton Rouge Parish shelter. To accelerate its recent successes, CAA will host a unique fundraiser on May 4 at the Crowne Plaza. The black-tie Fur Ball is expected to draw dapper ticket holders and their dogs decked in fashionable clothes. Visit for more information.

To touch the life of your mother, sister, neighbor or girlfriend, take her to Head 2 Toe—A Day of Health and Beauty for Women on Saturday, May 12 hosted by inRegister and 225 magazines. The event, held the day before Mother’s Day, features local medical spas, health clinics, hospitals as well as salons and spas. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast. Seminars begin at 8 a.m. At noon, a special luncheon will feature national speaker Zonya Foco, one of America’s top nutritionists who leads with her mantra “The Power of One Good Habit.” For tickets, go to

With such a range of positive things to be involved in, there is a cause for everyone. If each of us did one thing to help in our community, imagine the exponential power of one.