You don’t have to be a moneymaker to make a difference. You just have to want to improve the lives of others and take steps to make it happen. Here are two feel good examples– and one fortunate honorary mention.
1. Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer took some time out of her US Open schedule to lead a tennis clinic for underprivileged kids in New York.
An initiative of the Consulate General of Israel in New York and the New York Sports Commission, Peer’s presence had the additional goal of “enhancing our relations with different communities in the United States such as the African Americans and Hispanics… that will help us build strong and solid bridges with them,” said Assaf Shariv, the consul general.
Look how appealing a video can be to convey your message and give a personal side to a story. (Thanks, Isrealli.)
2. An anonymous company funds a fun day for sick and disabled children so they can enjoy nature– with the support they need to be safe. The video is here.
The program was a joint initiative of Haverim LeRefua’a (Friends for Healing) and the Apple House.
A note to the supporting organizations: I’d love to look at your websites to learn more, but I can’t find you on Google, the arbiter of all information, and the company cited is anonymous. How are potential supporters supposed to help you continue your good works?
3. Honorable Mention: a million thank yous to Iyad Sadiqeh and Abdullah Saadi of Jenin for rescuing an Israeli lost in their city.
Israeli Maj. Razi Raveh (a uniformed soldier) took a wrong turn on Monday that somehow landed him in the not-so-friendly-to-Jews West Bank city of Jenin. Sadiqeh, a street vendor, held the crowd away, and Saadi, a plainclothes intelligence office, guided Raveh to safety. See video here (low quality, likely recorded on a cellphone).
“He wasn’t armed. I put my hand up and said, ‘Don’t hurt him. Think about your city.’ From a patriotic view I wanted to save him,” Sadiqeh said.
Men like Sadiqeh and Saadi are proof that we must “be the change we want to see in the world” (Ghandi). They are a living contrast to Martin Niemoller’s, “First they came for the … but I was not a … so I didn’t speak up.”
Thank you to today’s list of do gooders for your hope and inspiration. We are proud and grateful.
Credit: title photo sourced from YNetNews.com.