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Zach Bonner

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Zach Bonner
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Head shot of Bonner in 2008
Born November 17, 1997 (age 18)

Zachary “Zach” L. Bonner (born November 17, 1997) is an American philanthropist and founder of the non-profit charity Little Red Wagon Foundation.[1][2] Bonner received the Presidential Service Award in 2006.

When he was seven years old, he founded the organization to aid the 1.3 million homeless children in the United States.[1] Bonner said that, “These kids don’t have a home, they don’t have a safe place to sleep at night. They’re out on the streets not because they want to be, but because it’s out of their control.”[2]

In 2007, Bonner began his three-stage “My House to the White House” project. The project’s purpose was to raise money and awareness for homeless children. In 2007, he walked 280 miles from Tampa to Tallahassee, Florida, while in 2008, he covered 250 miles from Tallahassee to Atlanta, Georgia. In the final leg of the trip, he walked 668 miles from Georgia to Washington D.C. Upon the completion of the “My House to the White House” project, Bonner planned another project, March Across America. From March 23 to September 14, 2010, he walked 2,448 miles from Tampa to Los Angeles. Starring Chandler Canterbury as Bonner, Little Red Wagon, a docudrama about Bonner’s philanthropic work, was filmed in 2010 and released in 2012.

Philanthropy

Bonner with friends and Volunteer Florida staff members

Bonner has done a variety of volunteer work since he was six years old.[3] In 2004, when Hurricane Charley hit neighborhoods, he collected 27 pickup trucks of water in his little red wagon.[4] He established the Little Red Wagon Foundation to “continue helping kids more efficiently”.[2] Bonner teamed up with the StandUp For Kids and collected 400 backpacks of supplies, nicknamed “Zachpacks”, for homeless children. The Zachpacks were filled with donated snacks, toys, and toiletries. To date he has distributed over 10,000 of the Zachpacks.[5]

Bonner organized Christmas parties for homeless children living in Baker, Louisiana,[5] and he gave Christmas presents to Hurricane Katrina victims.[6] To mitigate the adverse effects of homelessness, Bonner hosted parties for children who live in shelters at Build-A-Bear Workshop, Chuck E. Cheese’s, and Six Flags.[7]

In April 2007, he organized 24 Hours, an event that simulated being homeless for 24 hours. During that period of time, students in high school stayed in their own separate boxes for 24 hours.[8] 24 Hours 2015 was the seventh year of the event in which youths 12 to 21 years old each paid $24 to live in cardboard boxes for an hour to simulate being homeless.[9]

In January 2010, he launched a national campaign to end child homelessness. As keynote speaker at The Children’s Philanthropy Center Annual Youth Symposium in Northern Virginia, he inspired young activists to use their voice to create change. The message, “You Matter! Let Your Voice Be Heard” became the signature anthem for their youth advocacy movement.[10]

My House to the White House

Zach Bonner’s “My House to the White House” project took place in three stages covering 1,225 miles to raise awareness and funds for homeless children. The first leg in 2007 from November 3–26 covered 280 miles from Tampa to Tallahassee, Florida and raised $25,000.[11][12] The second leg in the fall of 2008 covered over 250 miles from Tallahassee to Atlanta, Georgia.[4]

The third leg of the trip began May 11, 2009.[13][14] The 668-mile, 59-day walk from Georgia to Washington D.C. was completed on July 10.[15] On the final stretch of the walk, 500 people, among them 300 homeless children, walked with Bonner down the National Mall.[16] Bonner met with Saxby Chambliss and spoke with several other U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill.[15] He slept at the Sasha Bruce emergency shelter.[17]

March Across America

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ Most people don’t walk a thousand miles, or 2,500, but what it really means is that we all need to take that first step to get something big done. If I’ve helped even one homeless child, I hope I’ve accomplished that.

Zach Bonner on September 14, 2010[18]

In 2010, he walked from Tampa to Los Angeles.[17] Calling the trip “March Across America”, he began the 2,478-mile walk on March 23, 2010.[19] Bonner walked an average of 17–22 miles every day.[20] During his walk, he gave gift cards to people in need.[21] Multiple television and radio stations tracked for their viewers Bonner’s journey across America using the “Zach Tracker” GPS.[22] Lee Cowan of NBC Nightly News “Making A Difference” profiled Bonner in early August; Cowan called Bonner a “pint-sized philanthropist”.[21] On the show, Bonner said that “When you’re having a bad day you (have) to realize that someone else is having a lot worse of a day than you.”[21]

Bonner planned to complete the walk by September, after 178 days of walking.[23] On September 14, 2010, Bonner completed the nearly 2,500-mile-walk to Los Angeles.[24] At the age of 12, he became the youngest person to walk from the East Coast of the United States to the West Coast of the United States.[25]

Zach In A Box

Beginning March 26, 2013,[26] Bonner lived seven days in a 512 cubic feet (14.5 m3) plexiglas box in a field near Westfield Brandon mall.[26][27] With plywood serving as the box’s bottom, pieces of cardboard, and a sleeping bag, Bonner aimed to imitate a homeless person’s lodgings.[27]

Naming his fundraising effort “Zach In A Box”, he encourage peopled to donate nonperishable food. He wanted to coat all four walls of his box with donated canned food items.[27] After seven days of donations from children and adults as well as a $1,000 donation from Sweetbay Supermarket, Bonner gave over 6,000 cans of food to Metropolitan Ministries and Francis House.[26]

Food for a Million

From noon November 7, 2014, to noon November 8, 2014, at the Metropolitan Ministries’ holiday tent in Tampa, Bonner hoped to set a Guinness World Record for amassing the most canned food items in 24 hours.[28][29] He organized “World’s Largest Food Drive: Food for a Million” with Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding America Tampa Bay, an attempt to collect one million pounds of food in 24 hours.[29] Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Performance Food Group, and Publix promised to contribute food to the effort.[29]

The previous world record holder was a North Carolina school that collected 559,885 pounds of food in 2011. Bonner’s “Food for a Million” drive collected 566,600 pounds.[30] The collected food was delivered to 10 counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Highlands, Hardee, and Manatee.[31]

Awards and recognition

Bonner receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Bush

Bonner meets President Bush

In 2006, Zach has received the Presidential Service Award from President George W. Bush.[32] In the same year, he was honored with the Points of Light Award by Florida governor Jeb Bush for his volunteer service.[33] Bonner has met George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.[34] He has been featured on Good Morning America[35] and in 2011 was named a hometown hero by Reader’s Digest.[36]

In 2007, Bonner was named one of 12 “Huggable Heroes” by the Build-A-Bear Workshop.[37][38] On March 19, 2008, he received the Alexandra Scott Butterfly Award from the Volvo for life Awards, hosted by Volvo on 42nd Street.[39] In 2009, the readers and editors of Beliefnet chose Bonner as the Most Inspiring Person of the Year. Receiving 22% of the vote, Bonner defeated the “hero pilot” Chesley Sullenberger and students in Iran who protested against a rigged election despite considerable jeopardy to their lives.[3]

Elton John donated $25,000 to Bonner’s cause after Bonner completed the 1,200-mile-walk from Tampa, Florida, to Washington, D.C..[40]

Philanthropy Project movie

Main article: Little Red Wagon

Michael Guillen, the CEO of the non-profit organization Philanthropy Project, planned to make a $5 million movie about the Zach Bonner’s walks and the Little Red Wagon Foundation.[15][40][41] Bonner’s story was selected from among a pool of 6,000 candidates. After the number of candidates was narrowed to 12, Bonner’s story was unanimously chosen.[42] Praising Bonner for his philanthropy, Guillen said that “[h]e’s sincere. He’s humble. He’s generous. He’s everything that is good about our country. So… when I see Zach, I see the future of our country, and I think we’re going to be in good hands.”[43]

Patrick Sheane Duncan is the movie’s screenwriter, and David Anspaugh is its director.[42] The John Templeton Foundation funded the film which was produced by Michael Guillen of Philanthropy Project, Barbara Kelly, and Steve Golin and David Kanter of Anonymous Content.[44] Little Red Wagon was filmed in May 2010.[45]

Personal life

Zach L. Bonner[46] was born in Searcy, Arkansas[47] on November 17, 1997.[48][49] He lives in a single-parent household[20] after losing his father in a motorcycle accident[50] and now resides in Valrico, Tampa, Florida with his mother Laurie and sister Kelley.[33][51] Bonner’s mother is a real estate agent and investor.[46] His sister is about 10 years older than he.[33]

Bonner takes classes on the Internet through the K12 Florida Virtual Instruction Program. The online program allows him to keep up in his studies by outside of the typical school day.[49][52] In his free time in 2007, Bonner played little league baseball.[8] He also played tennis and went on bike rides with his friends.[34] When he was three years old, Bonner joined Taekwondo‘s junior program and after years of study, he subsequently earned a black belt.[52]

In a November 2007 interview with The Independent Florida Alligator, he said he wished to go to college at Harvard University and attend Yale Law School, so that he can become a prosecutor.[8] In a January 2013 interview with Canada.com, he confirmed that he still wanted to become a lawyer, noting that he was unsure about whether he wanted to be a prosecutor or specialize in family law.[52] That same month, he told the The Christian Post that he wanted to study law to “be able to tie in the [Little Red Wagon] Foundation and continue to help more people”.[53]

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘speed’?   Leave a comment

60KM/H Speed limit sign in Australia.

60KM/H Speed limit sign in Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘speed’?
2) What is the speed limit on the roads in your country?
3) Does speed kill?
4) Are you a speed freak? Do you love going fast?
5) What’s the fastest speed you’ve ever been in a car at?
6) Why do people love speed so much?
7) Are our lives getting faster and faster?
8) What things can you do at lightning speed?
9) Mahatma Gandhi said: “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” Do you agree?
10) Tadao Ando said: “The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.” What do you think?

 

 

 

1) What do you think of speed?
2) What do you think of people who drive at very high speeds?
3) How important is speed in your life?
4) Do you need high speed Internet?
5) Would you like to travel at the speed of light?
6) Do you ever speed dial on your mobile?
7) Do you worry about speed cameras and speed checks on the roads?
8) Are you a speed reader?
9) Someone once said: “There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.” What does this mean? Do you agree with it?
10) Confucius once said: “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” Do you agree with him?

 

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UFOTV: Above Top Secret – UFOs, Nikola Tesla, Free Energy and Antigravity   Leave a comment

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Are there any health benefits to drinking coffee?   Leave a comment

1) Are you a ‘coffeeholic’?
2) Do you care if you have instant or blend coffee?
3) Do you need coffee to wake you up in the morning?
4) Is coffee bad for you?
5) Does coffee affect your appetite?
6) What do you think of Starbucks?
7) Do you think caffeine is a dangerous drug?
8) What do you think of the new trend of flavored coffee?
9) Do you like the smell of coffee?
10) What would you like to know about coffee?

 

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1) Are there any health benefits to drinking coffee?
2) What do you know about coffee production and who gets the big profits?
3) Would you drink less coffee if you knew it stained your teeth?
4) What is the difference between blend, cappuccino and espresso?
5) Does coffee grown in different parts of the world taste differently?
6) What role does coffee (or tea) play in your life?
7) What’s the difference between Irish coffee and Turkish coffee?
8) Do you know what fair trade coffee is?
9) Do you like coffee sold in cans?
10) What do you think happens when you overdose on coffee?

 

 

 

 

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What images spring to mind when you hear the country Argentina?   Leave a comment

Map of Argentina with it's terrain levels

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1) What images spring to mind when you hear the country Argentina?
2) What are the good things and bad things about Argentina?
3) What is Argentina most famous for?
4) What do you know about Argentina’s history?
5) What are the differences between Argentina and your country?
6) What do you think about Argentine people?
7) What has Argentina given to the world?
8) Would you like to visit Argentina, or live there?
9) What do you know about the geography of Argentina?
10) Who are the most famous Argentine people you know?

 

 

1) How different is Argentina from other South American countries?
2) What was the last news story you heard about Argentina?
3) What do you think Argentina’s neighbours think of it?
4) What do you think Argentina will be like 50 years from now?
5) Does your country have good relations with Argentina?
6) What could you do on a holiday in Argentina?
7) What is your idea of a typical Argentine person?
8) What things about Argentina do you think Argentines are proud of?
9) What do you know about Argentine culture?
10) What would you like to ask an Argentine about Argentina?

 

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I worked in Saudi Arabia for 4yr and this is my story, 1996 I was offered a job in

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Saudi by a company named Saudi Oger ltd, after proving all my paperwork of my degree’s and back ground and clearance’s I was giving a plane ticket and a time to report to work, I lived in Louisiana for about 15yr before this Jan 02, 1996 date to start to work in Riyadh, the company I was working for was Boot’s Pharmaceutical , and I loved it there for 3yr as a Engineer, the people were great, and the company loved all the employees there, but the company was sold to Knoll a German company that just wanted to close the plant.  We made Ibuprofen all types up to 1000mg.  My first time I run into a Saudi, I was walking the roads of Saudi Arabia the second day I was there a young man with a security uniform and a truck that read in Arabic and English SECURITY, he asked with broken English if he could help? I told him I was looking for a phone to call and tell my family I was ok and I missed them very much, after he took me to a hotel “HOTEL” wowowow “BIG” and gold lined and the smell of flowers all over,  I walked back to the truck with him asking questions, I found his English was better than I had thought at first, I found him very interesting and educated, we talked about America and Saudi Arabia of course I had many questions also, but of most part I felt alone, because when I arrived it was 2am in the morning at the Saudi airport it was organized so organized that at that early time and me being so sleepy I didn’t see it for what it really was.  When you come off the airplane you are split into two groups men on one side and family to the other side, I flowed through the check point they looked at the passport 1 minute “done” I never saw any airport move so fast and check in or out so easy they knew who I was and every person on the plane. I walked out of the airport, and it was raining, a hard rain and I laughed a small laugh, thinking I just left a raining Louisiana and now here I am in Saudi Arabia and it is raining.  A little man drove up to the curb, jumped out and grabbed my suitcase, I started to grab “him” but I heard a voice it was Denise, I had talked to Denise days before our departure, he also was a engineer, just on a different project I was on section 3 and he was on section 2, Denise said he is here to pick us up, I said ok, I got in the car and we took off the guy was driving about 160klm, I woke up, eyes open all the way, why so fast and we had been driving over 15 min, and then we stopped I got out and walked into a hollow block one story building the little guy did not speak but grabbed my hand put a key and a small book in my hand, and then left, there were 18 doors each with a number, I looked at the key…no number, so I walked around and tried to open each door with my key, finely my key worked and I open the door, there was a nice bed and blanket and sheets on the bed, and a Refrigerator very small, but I looked at it…it was plugged in and running but it was upside down, I walked over and unplugged it.  Started to unpack, but I was to tired so I layed down and fell into a deep sleep.  Next morning I walk outside my door it is not hot, not cold, I hear a door open and close, I look and it is Denise, ha man, where is everyone? Where do we eat? Denise laughed hell if I know.  Denise a barrel of a man 6 feet tall 200lb full beard and mustache, with a “Boston” accent, I liked him right off, we walked around and never saw anyone, it was strange, we found a building that had a schedule on it, Breakfest 6am to 8am Lunch 12:00 to 1:00 Dinner 5:00 to 6:00. It was 10:00am so I said ok we get lunch, we walked back to where our building was, strand rock’s every where no sand, Ha Denise this is not what I had read or had a picture in my head what I would see, he said ya it is different, I saw a cat walking to the left of us maybe a 100yards off, Denise look!! That is huge, I mean huge!! Wild cat? House cat?  Don’t care let’s go so we picked up our pace of walking a bit.  Lunch time, we both go in and get in line, there are two other people sitting down at small tables, there are about 12 tables inside this kitchen  area, there are 5 or six little guy behind the sneeze screen, and ask what I want, “NO” “MENU” I said a steak and Denise said the same, it was a breakfast type of steak small and thin with mash potatoes on a plate you slide down and there was many different kinds of bread, after picking up the bread, there is a guy waiting I am looking for money in my pocket, he said no, ticket please! I pulled them out and I noticed they were color coated, he ripped a yellow one out and said thank-you.  I sat with Denise at the table and in the middle of the table was a pitcher of looked to be ice tea, it was a watered down type of sweet tea.  After lunch we walked back again to the room where I unpacked and was thinking why did I do this, and Denise knocked on the door, and looked at my fridge and said same in his room.  Upside down fridge, the afternoon was windy and brisk in the air, not cold just different then Louisiana humidity that I was used to. And still no people around, I thought about the guys we saw in the dinner, but just kept working on unpacking.  Dinner was the same, nothing but it was getting dark and we moved a little faster to get to the rooms.  The next morning I took off walking, to find a phone some how, I could see the airport off in the distance maybe 5 miles, so I started of with out Denise, and that is when I met my first Saudi.