National Read A Book Day

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For National Read A Book Day, I want to share this story of a man and his horse who touched my heart recently.

Ridwan Sururi and his horse Luna hails from the village of Serang, in the Purbalingga region of Java island. Sururi is a father of five and a horse caretaker who desires to see the young ones reading. Since December 2014, he has been running a Kudapustaka (horse library) which sees him take the library around the village and nearby areas weekly (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).

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To read more on what this beautiful being is doing for the future of reading in Indonesia, visit bbc.com and happy Read A Book Day!

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A Street Cat Named Bob

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This cat changed this man’s life for the better. 

Although the images below tell and show a wonderful story between man and cat, it doesn’t tell you that James Bowen was on drugs. When Bob came into his life, it was no fluke or accident or by sheer luck. This cat helped him take responsibility for his life because the darn cat refused to leave his side. ❤

When Bowen would play his guitar for pennies, Bob would sit on his shoulder, unfazed by the crowds. Soon, Bowen and Bob were internet stars and the musician made a vow to “start taking responsibility for this little creature if he’s going to be following me around’.” In order for him to take care of Bob, he went through withdrawal from methadone to become drug-free. Later, he’ll say that, 

“Using drugs is a selfish thing; Bob gave me something else to focus on.”

Today, Bowen is an author and Bob has been the focus of a series of best-selling books. A film adaptation of the best-seller, A Street Cat Named Bob has been made in 2016 and Bob the cat starred as himself. I hope that Bowen continues to focus on his life and I hope he never return to that dark period of his life.

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Spotlight: Jérôme Jarre

I want to do something for the people who are trying to make the world a better place through their actions and for the people who love what they do passionately. Today, I start with Jérôme Jarre.

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Jarre is a twenty-six-year-old French entrepreneur who is also a Vine (known as the funniest and happiest person there) and Snapchat star. He also made an appearance in Zoolander 2. Jarre had started several businesses in China and Canada and learned to speak English and Chinese after moving to China. In 2013, he started a project on Vine called Humans in which he asks strangers the question “What is the most important message you would like to share with the world right now?”

But the Frenchman is more than just a prankster and a celebrity (in his own right).

He talks the talk and walks the walk with a big bright infectious smile on his face.

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Doesn’t that smile makes you want to break into one?

 Jarre is using his platform (social media) to help people in Somalia. The drought caused a famine that is affecting about 5 million people. After the Frenchman read about the famine, he went on to set up the Love Army For Somalia movement.

He is keen on getting the word out about the famine there and how it is affecting the people. Shows that social media can be used for more than just selfies.

This movement started with a crazy idea, what if we could convince Turkish Airlines to let us use one of their flights to Somalia? And fill it with food!
One shipment – providing immediate relief for immediate need.

What was Turkish Airlines response?

And well done to Turkish Airlines who are “…making available a full cargo flight that can fly 60 TONS OF FOOD, but they agreed to let us ship food containers on their commercial aircraft to Somalia, UNTIL THE END OF THE FAMINE !!!”

Also, kudos to Ben Stiller who is letting Jarre and the team use his charity “STILLER FOUNDATION in order to receive and manage the funds. This means U.S. DONORS WILL BE ABLE TO WRITE THIS DONATION OFF YOUR TAXES if you wish.”

I enjoy reading stories like these because they restore my faith in humanity. It doesn’t matter if one is a celebrity, a priest, or even a cleaner. I’ll be shining the spotlight on their efforts to help make the world a better place. 

If you’re interested in donating to LoveArmyForSomalia, you can do so via gofundme.com/LoveArmyForSomalia. Read the amazing story behind this movement.

It is utmost refreshing to see young people trying to make a difference in the world. 

Jarre updated his status two days ago while on his way to Somalia and he said that he and his crew have been listening to ‘Love Army’ by Machel Montano during the entire flight. This song is from 2013 (has nothing to do with the current situation in Somalia) and Machel is one of our very own. Fun Fact: several parts of the video was shot in the area where I live: Carenage/Gulf of Paria. 🙂

So, French boy with the bright smile (that’s what I call him), keep spreading that wonderful enthusiasm and may God bless you and your family. Don’t let the anti-white racists stop you from trying to help Somalia.

Bravo à Jérôme Jarre!

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