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17 Jun 2019 09:35 in response to jules54

Hi Friends

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Businessman Is Donating 10,000 Bikes To Kids Who Walk Miles To School

June 10, 2019

A businessman in Myanmar has bought 10,000 bikes from bike-sharing companies and is donating them to underprivileged children across the country who walk miles to school.

Entrepreneur Mike Than Tun Win, founder of and chief executive of BOD Tech Co, created a non-profit organization called LessWalk which is buying up the bikes and making them suitable for students.

"It's a common sight to see lines and lines of students walking long distances from home to school in rural villages," Than told Tech Crunch. "Some students can walk up to one hour from home to school and the families can hardly afford a simple form of transport like bicycle or motorcycle… a school bus is almost unheard of to the students in rural villages."

Than was able to purchase the bikes at $40 per bike, costing a total of $400,000. Half of the money for the project has been funded through donations to LessWalk. Than himself provided the rest.

"Suddenly, there was an opportunity to buy [these bikes] at fraction of price. The benefit it can develop is well beyond that cost," he said.

In a country with more than nine million students, Than plans to work with government organizations to identify potential beneficiaries. The primary focus is students aged 13-16 who walk over a mile to school each day.

"I'm only halfway through the journey. The remaining 50 percent is making sure we have an impact," Than said.

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17 Jun 2019 19:35 in response to woodworm

What an amazing donation to make.  That really does change lives. Jules

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18 Jun 2019 05:16 in response to jules54

Hey guys how are you doing. I changed computers to try and stay in touch. This board means so much to me. Fingers crossed.

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18 Jun 2019 06:14 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian,

Nice to see you on the thread again and I hope your new computer means you can access the site more easily.  I certainly find it comforting/supportive to still be a part of it even though it is now over four years since I lost hubby.

Hope life is treating you well and that this thread and Brian's continued 'good deed' feeds have  you smiling. Jules

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18 Jun 2019 09:39 in response to jules54

Hi friends

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Divers Set World Record For Cleaning Trash From Ocean Floor

June 17, 2019

More than 600 scuba divers set a new world record by scooping up trash from the ocean floor on Saturday.

633 divers picked up litter from the sea floor near the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier in Florida.

The record was overseen by Guinness officiator Michael Empric, who flew from New York to do the official head count.

Divers had to stay in the water for at least 15 minutes to count towards the record.

It is still not known exactly how much trash was collected, the Sun Sentinel reports. But diver and environmentalist RJ Harper reported that divers collected 1,600 pounds of lead fishing weights alone.

"Obviously, trash was collected, but the beauty of it is with 633 divers, we were able to do a very thorough cleaning," Harper told the news outlet.

The previous record for the most divers taking part in an underwater cleanup was 614, in a dive organized in the Red Sea in Egypt in 2015.

"It doesn't matter what happens today with the Guinness World Records," said Empric. "What really matters is that everyone is out there cleaning up around the pier and trying to improve the community."

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18 Jun 2019 09:46 in response to ianwoody

Hi Ian

Nice to hear from you. Hope you are keeping well. I am still busy as usual. 

Take care my friend, Brian

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18 Jun 2019 12:02 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian; this is truly fantastic on so many levels. We have a suggestion locally that you take a re-usuable bag and pick up litter at least once a week.   It's sad that it is necessary (there is no shortage of bins people could use!!) but  it is a free activity to do whilst out and about and helps keep the neighbourhood tidy in between street cleaners' visits. Jules

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20 Jun 2019 13:26 in response to jules54

Hi folks

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14-Year-Old Boy Fights Off Leopard, Saves His 7-Year-Old Cousin

June 18, 2019

A 14-year-old boy saved his 7-year-old cousin from the jaws of a leopard in a village near Thane, India.

Naresh Kaluram Bhala and Harshad Vitthal Bhala were playing outside and searching for berries when the leopard attacked Harshard.

Naresh used a stick to beat the leopard off of his cousin.

The boys' grandmother came rushing to their aid as the leopard fled.

The local police station congratulated the boys for their bravery.

"Naresh showed unusual courage for such a young lad to save his cousin," policeman Suhas Kharmate said.

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21 Jun 2019 06:21 in response to woodworm

Nice story of a very brave child. Jules

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21 Jun 2019 10:32 in response to jules54

Hi folks

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Toddler Diagnosed With Rare Ovarian Cancer Is Now Cancer-Free

June 20, 2019

A 2-year-old girl in Georgia who captured national attention after her cancer diagnosis has been declared cancer-free.

In February, Kenni was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.

After surgery to remove the tumors and four rounds of chemotherapy, parents Mike and Meagan Xydias received the good news of their daughter's clear bill of health.

"Today, we saw the oncologist and were told that all of Kenni's scans were clear. No evidence of disease in her abdomen (everything that was left over after surgery has been taken care of). X-rays showed no evidence of disease in her chest (so nothing spread)."

"We can't say 'Thank you' enough to everyone for all of the love, support, and prayers that our sweet Kenni and family have received over the last four months," Meagan wrote in a Facebook post.

Now that Kenni is cancer-free, Mike and Meagan are sharing their advice with other parents. They also plan to pay it forward for all the support they received over the past four months.

"People are genuinely good and they want to help," Mike told GMA. "[We want to] pay it forward to everyone who helped us."

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22 Jun 2019 07:45 in response to woodworm

Thanks Brian, very good item for this thread. I did see it on the social network but never seem to be able to 'copy and paste'. Jules

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22 Jun 2019 09:10 in response to jules54

Hi folks 

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18 Of His Late Dad's Fellow Officers Surprise Teen At Graduation Party

June 21, 2019

Micah Schieber was 6 years old when his dad, Chad, collapsed and died while running the Chicago Marathon in 2007.

Chad was just 35 years old and left behind three children.

He served with the Midland City Police Department in Michigan, and his brothers in blue supported the Schieber family over the years.

So when it was time for Micah to celebrate a big milestone of his own, he wanted them to be there, too.

"I just thought it'd be cool to have a piece of my family and my dad at my graduation because that's something I'll always miss," Micah told WJRT.

Midland Police Chief Cliff Block said that he had no hesitation.

"I knew we'd do something to make it happen. I had the honor of working with Chad Schieber," he said.

Eighteen police officers came to the teen's graduation party, making it truly a moment to remember and helping him honor his late father.

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22 Jun 2019 11:48 in response to woodworm

Great story which I am not ashamed to say made me a little teary eyed.  How proud his Dad would have been both of his son and those supporting him.  Jules

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25 Jun 2019 08:48 in response to jules54

Hi folks

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Gamer Raises Nearly $1 Million For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital In Just 4.5 Hours

June 24, 2019

Streamer Ben "DrLupo" Lupo raised $920,343.98 for St Jude Children's Research Hospital in just 4.5 hours on Sunday.

DrLupo has raised millions of dollars for charity in the past, but yesterday's feat was a new record for the popular gamer.

"Thank you so much, to every single person that's donated. To every single person that's supported St. Jude. To every single person that's gonna be at Guardian Con. To every single person that freakin' loves gaming. And most importantly, from top to bottom, St. Jude,” DrLupo said at the end of the stream.

Today, gaming raised $920,343.98 in 4 hours and 30 minutes.

The stream was part of a collaboration between DrLupo and GuardianCon - an annual, two-day event for gamers.

GuardianCon's 2019 convention has raised a total of $3.7 million for St Jude.

$3.7M raised for the kids of @StJude through @GuardianCon. YOU DID THAT. You all have joined our mission that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” Thank you, thank you!

St. Jude has treated children from all around the world and families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.


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27 Jun 2019 08:29 in response to woodworm

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Neighborhoods Across The Country Are Building Miniature Pantries To Help Those In Need

June 25, 2019

Inspired by the book-sharing movement, Little Free Library, neighborhoods across the country are now helping those in need with a similar idea: Little Free Pantry.

"Take what you need, leave what you can."

Neighborhoods are building these miniature food pantries to give back and help those in need. They are stocked by the community.

In general, non-perishable foods or items are appreciated, such as: canned foods with ring-pulls, sealed crackers and snacks, bottled water, socks, toilet tissue, hand soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes and any toiletries.

A family in Boise, Idaho, recently celebrated their son's third birthday by building a Little Free Pantry and asked party guests to bring canned goods as gifts.

"Birthdays are a time of giving, and we don't need that much stuff. We don't need the amount of gifts that we get, so we were trying to find ways to direct the kindness to where it was more needed," Macy Miller told KTVB. "This year Miles wanted to build something. So that's what we did for his third birthday."

"We find near the end of the month, it's nearly always empty. It's helping people and that's great, we've never once had it taken advantage of. We just choose to trust people," she said.