CNN Heroes – The Ten Finalists

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.

Doc Hendley saw that 1.1 billion people don’t have access to water. He acted.

Roy Foster saw many veterans of wars living homeless.  He acted.

Efren Penaflorida saw hundreds of street kids living without any chance of education.  He acted.

Jordan Thomas saw young amputees being denied access to prosthetic limbs.  He acted.

Betty Makoni saw thousands of women and girls being raped in Zimbabwe.  She acted.

Derrick Tabb saw kids in New Orleans turning to a street life with little alternative.  He acted.

Jorge Munoz saw hungry men living on the streets in the Bronx.  He acted.

Brad Blauser saw kids in Iraq who needed wheelchairs.  He acted.

Budi Soehardi saw homeless kids in Indonesia suffering on the streets.  He acted.

Andrea Ivory saw women dying from breast cancer due simply because of their ignorance of the disease.  She acted.

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.

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One Response to CNN Heroes – The Ten Finalists

  1. Mae Rivera December 7, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    Nothing is richer than education… In the Philippines, education is the best tool to arise from poverty…..job is scarce and very competitive….no job, no food.

    Good for you Efren…..the world is so proud of you….