Anderson Cooper described the CNN Heroes award ceremony as being “about making a change in people’s lives, and celebrating people who are making changes.”
Each of the social heroes on tonight’s presentation received $25,000 to help them continue their work with the winner getting an extra $100,000. That money will probably fade in comparison with the donations these amazing heroes will receive after their stories have been told on CNN.
The show will be rebroadcast on Saturday and Sunday. I urge you to watch it. Here are the ten finalists.
It is easy to watch this show and say, “but what can I do?” These people have made massive change and it’s hard to imagine yourself doing something similar. But look at them. They’re ordinary people. They’re people like you. All that happened was they received a call to adventure – something inspired them to act and they did. These people aren’t better than you, they just acted. As Neil Patrick Harris said during the show, “a hero is someone who acts, no matter what.”
What could you do? Look around you for your call to adventure and ACT.