This year’s Oscars ceremony was a memorable one, with “selfies”, actresses falling and the energetic host, Ellen DeGeneres. It is easy to get wrapped up in the glitz and glam of the night, and one of the most expensive aspects of the 2014 Oscars was the $85,000 gift basket that the Oscar nominees received when they did not win a golden statue. Last year the gift basket was valued at $48,000 dollars.
Included in this year’s basket are quite a few high-end luxury items, including a walking tour of Japan valued at $15,000, 2 vacations: one to Las Vegas, which costs $9,000, and one to Hawaii, and a hair transplant offer for those in need, valued at $16,000.
One may question though, why do these high-paid actors and actresses need a gift basket worth thousands of dollars? Wouldn’t the money be better spent on a philanthropic cause of the actor or actress’s choice?
The money could also be incredibly beneficial by being spent on vaccinations for children in need. Here is a break down of different vaccination costs compared to the $85,000 worth of the gifts in the Oscars basket.
- One Hepatitis B vaccination in a single dose from the supplier LG Life Sciences Limited costs 38 cents per child. If the $85,000 went towards Hepatitis B vaccinations approximately 223,683 children would be able to be vaccinated.
- The Bivalent Human Papiloma Virus vaccine in a two-dosage vial from supplier GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals costs $4.60 per child. If the cost of the gift basket went towards that vaccination, approximately 18,477 children would be able to get vaccinated.
- The Measles vaccine, in a single dose from supplier P.T. Bio Farma, costs 22 cents per child. 386,362 children would be able to be vaccinated if the money for the Oscars gift basket were donated for that cause.
- An Oral Polio Vaccination costs 11 cents in a 20-vial presentation from supplier P.T. Bio Farma. By donating the money from the basket, 772,726 children would be able to receive the vaccination.
This puts into perspective the extreme amount of money that is involved in nights like the Oscars. If that money could be channeled towards helping a cause, like vaccinations, many children’s lives could be saved.
– Rebecca Felcon