9:51 am - 09/06/2010

Misha Collins' Charity Run Brings in Nearly 100K

Interview About 'Random Acts'

Misha Collins gained fame two years ago when he joined the cast of the CW's cult drama 'Supernatural' as the angel Castiel, a role that instantly brought him more attention -- and Twitter followers -- than he knew what to do with. So Collins did what any aspiring despot with designs on world domination would do; he harnessed the 70,000-plus fans that follow his satirical ramblings on Twitter and raised over 30,000 dollars for UNICEF's disaster relief in Haiti in the space of about two weeks.

Earlier this month, Collins turned once more to his fans to explore further means of raising money and supporting those in need; thus, Random Acts was born.
When we caught up with Collins at Creation Entertainment's Salute to 'Supernatural' convention in Vancouver last weekend, he was gracious enough to explain his burgeoning organization from its genesis to its ultimate goals -- watch what he had to say below:

The versatile actor has spoken of his tumultuous childhood before -- Collins and his family spent many of his formative years bouncing from place to place, sometimes homeless and often forced to sleep in abandoned (and not so abandoned) office buildings when circumstances conspired against them. As a consequence, Collins seems all too cognizant of how great an impact a home, a pair of shoes, or even an act of goodwill as simple as handing a flower to a stranger, can have on someone less fortunate.

"I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world," he reasoned. "While it seems small, it can ultimately be somewhat profound in various people's lives. I know that when people have perpetrated such acts against me, that it has had a lasting effect on me, so I like to return the favor."

Because of this, Collins -- who is an avid runner -- is preparing to run a marathon of his own design on Sept. 5, to raise money for three orphanages in Haiti, the relief effort for those affected by the recent flood in Pakistan, and to commit more random acts of kindness worldwide. Random Acts has already amassed over $11,000 so far, but you can still get involved. Previous acts have included buying shoes for a child in New Jersey whose father had just been laid off, providing new furniture and mattresses for the elderly, and donating a brand-new computer to a disadvantaged family.

"One of the criteria that we have is that [Random Acts recipients] are not going to be someone who's a friend, or a friend of a friend of anybody working on it," Collins clarified, when asked to describe the selection process.

"It's got to be somebody that we don't know, to avoid the appearance of impropriety or favoritism, nepotism ... those are things that we do not like, although we practice them in our daily lives," he joked, with his trademark sardonic wit. "In the future we'll have people write in or tweet in with ideas of things that they want to do and then we'll vet them and I'll use dictatorial leadership and make the final selection at the end. That way, no-one can complain that the democratic process somehow failed them, because it won't be democratic, it'll be capricious and arbitrary, which is the way I like to keep it."

Run, Misha, Run

Yesterday was Misha's marathon. Here's a basic breakdown:

Time: Over 11 hours
Distance: 83km (roughly 50 miles)
Money Raised: $94,742

Further documentation.

Running update: as u can see, it's pretty here, what the photo doesn't show is that I just peed on my sneaker.

It ain't easy to type while running. Video?

Some fan girls came out.

Blackberry(s) captured by an iPhone camera at 51.2 kilometers. The only thing that hurts is my body.

Apparently wit is the first faculty to give out on long runs. This is all I've got.

They have a sadly outdated transportation system here in sedro-Woolley.

These 2 came to say they're starting a local chapter of random acts University. We're a franchise like mcdonalds!

This seemed like a good stopping point.

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it_has_been 6th-Sep-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, he's so cute - glad he's using his fame for good causes as well.
lost_raziel 6th-Sep-2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Amazing post!
vehiclesshockme 6th-Sep-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Amazing man!
mclachlan 6th-Sep-2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
The guy's out of his tree. You gotta love him.

$100k ain't nothing to sneeze at!
mata_harii 6th-Sep-2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oh god, your icon... LOLOL
doverz 6th-Sep-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Love, love the icon!
gracestalker 6th-Sep-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
LOL Your icon is fantastic!
tsuki_yagami 6th-Sep-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Your icon is made of awesome XD
thin2010 6th-Sep-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Your icon is the best ever.
ohmiya_sg 7th-Sep-2010 09:02 am (UTC)
Wow, that is cute!
chikntetrazzini 6th-Sep-2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Well shit, I can't even bring myself to be mean in here. That's amazing.
vehiclesshockme 6th-Sep-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's pretty incredible, right?
chikntetrazzini 6th-Sep-2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to figure out how someone runs 50 fucking miles.

Oh! I found something mean to say! How come those two other super rich dudes on the show didn't donate an assload of money to their friend?
seasons_of_mist 6th-Sep-2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's amazing! :D
goldenskies 6th-Sep-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about him, but he seems really cute and this is a nice thing to do.
vehiclesshockme 6th-Sep-2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
You should Google/Wiki him some time. I think he's kind of fascinating.
mata_harii 6th-Sep-2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Fascinating is the perfect word. lol
hearditbothways 6th-Sep-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I still can't believe he went 83km by foot in 11 hours. *shakes head* Oh Misha.
vehiclesshockme 6th-Sep-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I had a feeling he was going to go some insane amount. It's why I flat donated instead of pledged.
hearditbothways 6th-Sep-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
I was sure he would make the marathon distance and in my head I somehow had 55km. As soon as he topped that I got scared and wished I hadn't pledged xD But it's for a good cause and I'm incredibly proud of him so YAY
lizterry 6th-Sep-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Jesus i know. I've started training for a triathlon and to run 10k when you're already is exhausted is fucking hard. Huge amount of respect for 50 miles, thats a double marathon!
watchsnowfall 6th-Sep-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
funny, caring, cute, etc.
Yay Supernatural is back soon!
micheleeeex 6th-Sep-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
i love him.
a_way_of_sin 6th-Sep-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)

dude has some stamina alright, you could practically feel Jim Beaver's bank account emptying up xD

Edited at 2010-09-06 03:45 pm (UTC)
chikntetrazzini 6th-Sep-2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, poor Jim Beaver only has $5000 in his bank account.
strahovski 6th-Sep-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
amazing man, i'm so proud of him!
watchsnowfall 6th-Sep-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Also beautiful post OP, good formatting, etc etc
vehiclesshockme 6th-Sep-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
vintagememories 6th-Sep-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I was reading his posts on twitter last night but I didn't look at the pictures till now, this is one of the reasons why I love this guy. :), Good on you Misha.
xtinaiero 6th-Sep-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
he's seriously such a good person
wonderful, mischa, wonderful!
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