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Iram J. Leon won the Gusher Marathon on March 9, 2013 pushing his 6 year old daughter, Kiana, in a borrowed stroller for just over 26 miles.  The most miraculous part of the story is that Iram is 32 years old and  has terminal brain cancer.

«After crossing the halfway mark at just under 1:31, I couldn’t see anyone ahead of me and asked a cyclist how far back I was. She said there’s no one ahead which floored me. Was there a possibility that I could win not a division, not an age group but a marathon with my inspiration directly in front of me? Right about that time, the speaker started playing “It’s the time of your life so live it well” from A Bugs life and Kiana who had slept a good chunk of the first half… woke up and started singing it», he writes in his personal blog.

Here you can donate for his daughter’s college fund.

This motivating and inspiring story makes me think but makes me smile too. Hope it does the same for you!

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Violence against women is uncivilized

Posted: Φεβρουαρίου 14, 2013 in inspirational people
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Today is the largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls. Because of that day, watch the Professor Angelou reciting her poem, «And Still I Rise,» from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

Dr. Angelou’s words continue to stir our souls and heal our hearts!

Keep clean without running water!

Posted: Φεβρουαρίου 5, 2013 in inspirational people
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‘Dry Bath’ inventor Ludwick Marishane, achieved with his product invention a new way to take a bath sans water.  He may be just 23 but companies all over the world are clamouring for orders of his innovative bath-substituting cream.

For people without proper access to water,  DryBath provides empowerment as an affordable tool to achieve lifesaving personal hygiene.

He started all of this from his childhood dream of not having a bath. Just like all of us, i suppose. He then proceed to research the ingredients found on different skin products to find out a formula for a dry bath lotion.

When he was in college, he studied more about his drybath lotion and made a business plan. With his small allowance, he made prototypes and tested them on himself.

Ludwick was awarded as the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and was invited for a talk at TED Talks. Watch the video below:

«Get the whole world to dance»

Posted: Ιανουαρίου 27, 2013 in inspirational people
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Kid President, the «self-appointed voice» of children, wants us to watch this video and share it with our friends who need a kick in the right direction. His purpose is to encourage us to become less boring and more awesome.

So, let’s watch it guys as many times as you need and pass the idea around. As Kid President says » It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance»!

 

 

The 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in the town of Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in early October. She survived the attack and is now recuperating in a hospital 6,000 miles away in Birmingham, England.

In less than two months, Malala has become the most famous teenager on earth, a symbol of women’s rights, feted by celebrities and the powerful and even nominated for next year’s Nobel Peace Prize

Political leaders across the planet have lauded her and some have even nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has already been bestowed with innumerable other prizes and awards from around the world.

Malala, who has already challenged the fearsome Taliban militants who still threaten her life, began writing an anonymous blog for BBC when she was only 11 years old, criticizing the Taliban for their repressive activities in her native Swat Valley and advocating for women’s education in Pakistan. Her father, Ziauddin, is himself an education activist who has also been targeted by militants.

I have a new dream,” she once said. “I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises.

How many little girls have uttered something so mature and selfless  as that??

The first banknotes featuring the face of Nelson Mandela have gone into circulation in South Africa.

They are the first South African notes to bear the image of a black person – they replace notes with wild animals and rural and industrial scenes.

President Jacob Zuma says the banknotes were a «humble gesture» to express South Africa’s «deep gratitude».

Mr Mandela, 94, is one of the world’s best loved figures after spending 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his campaign against white minority rule and was elected president the following year before stepping down after a single term.

At the age of 14, Malala Yousafzai,a campaigner for education for girls in Mingora, a town in Swat Valley, in Pakistan’s North Western Frontier Province, was  brutally targeted by Taliban militants. Malala was returning home from school when the men attacked; a fellow-student and a teacher were injured as well.
The 14 year-old girl  was targeted by the Pakistani Taliban because for the past three years she has spoken out for the rights of all girls to become educated. After the shoting, a Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, said that his organization considers Malala’s crusade for education rights an “obscenity” and accused her of “propagating” Western culture. If she survives, the group promises to try again to kill her.

This brave lady  had been a marked girl since she was only eleven. In 2007, when the Tehreek-e-Taliban overtook the hill district of Swat, a picturesque town that used to attract tourists from around the country, she had kept an Urdu diary for the BBC of life under the Pakistani Taliban. The diary detailed her frustrations with the Taliban’s edict to shut down all girls schools; each word of it conveying the helplessness of a girl eager for an education being thwarted by religious extremism and political forces beyond her control.

Ms.  Yousafzai in 2011 was nominated   for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Later, Yousaf Raza Gilani, the prime minister at the time, awarded her Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

Doctors are still undecided whether Malala Yousafzai will be taken abroad for further treatment, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Geo News reported.

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Pakistanis protest against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai in Islamabad on October 11, 2012.© AFP/GettyImages

Malala’s words can give strength and courage to hundreds of thousands of schoolgirls in Pakistan:

I have rights.  I have the right of education.  I have the right to play.  I have the right to sing.  I have the right to talk.  I have the right to go to market.  I have the right to speak up.”