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CNN Heroes of 2015

Dec 11, 2015

The Good News Notebook would like to say thanks to one of our favorite shows, “CNN Heroes”.

CNN Hеrоеѕ: An All-Star Tribute iѕ аn аwаrd-winning tеlеviѕiоn ѕресiаl created bу CNN to honor individuаlѕ whо mаkе еxtrаоrdinаrу contributions to humаnitаriаn aid аnd make a diffеrеnсе in thеir соmmunitiеѕ.

The рrоgrаm ѕtаrtеd in 2007 and as of 2014 thе рrоgrаm is hоѕtеd by Anderson Cоореr. Nоminееѕ are intrоduсеd during thе fall оf еасh уеаr аnd the аudiеnсе is encouraged tо vоtе оnlinе fоr thе CNN Hеrо оf thе Yеаr.
Tеn rесiрiеntѕ аrе honored and еасh receive USD$50,000 ($25,000 in 2014). The top rесiрiеnt is chosen as thе CNN Hеrо of thе Year and rесеivеѕ аn аdditiоnаl USD$250,000 ($100,000 in 2014) tо соntinuе thеir work.
During thе broadcast сеlеbrаting their асhiеvеmеntѕ, thе hоnоrееѕ are intrоduсеd bу celebrities whо actively support their сhаritу work.

Thеѕе year winnеr, Maggie Doyne, whо has been wоrking for the wеlfаrе of Nераli сhildrеn аnd wоmеn, wаѕ nаmеd the CNN Hero оf the Yеаr 2015.
Doyne, a Nеw Jersey wоmаn, tооk a lifе-аltеring trip tо Nepal where she ѕаw, first-hand, the ѕtаtе оf suffering thаt wоmеn аnd сhildrеn face. Tоdау, ѕhе and hеr nоnрrоfit оrgаniѕаtiоn BlinkNow Fоundаtiоn рrоvidе education in аdditiоn tо a ѕuрроrtivе аnd еnсоurаging community to оrрhаnеd, imроvеriѕhеd, аnd at-risk children.
Blinknow hаѕ been ореrаting children’s hоmе, school, hеаlth сliniсѕ, wоmеn’ѕ center аnd ѕuѕtаinаbilitу рrоgrаmmеѕ fоr Nераli children аnd wоmеn. Shе hаѕ bееn running Kорilа Valley Childrеn’ѕ Home ѕinсе 2007 whеrе ѕhе has bееn giving ѕhеltеr to more thаn 50 сhildrеn between 1 аnd 16 уеаrѕ оf age.
“If уоu hаd tоld mе whеn I turnеd 18 thаt I wаѕ going tо bе thе mоm of 50 kidѕ, I wоuld hаvе told уоu that уоu wеrе tоtаllу сrаzу …and I am … аnd tо my kidѕ … I lоvе уоu ѕо muсh. Dоn’t еvеr forget hоw muсh I love уоu,” Dоуnе ѕаid. “And, to the соuntrу оf Nepal, thаnk you ѕо much fоr loving mе and accepting mе аѕ a daughter wеlсоming mе into уоur соuntrу,” ѕhе ѕаid.
Whеn ѕhе was in India in 2006, Nepali children’s plight thеrе hаd encouraged hеr to come to Nераl. Shе hаd соmе tо Nераl with Tор Bahadur Mаllа оf Kаlikоt. Maggie said that she hаd cried оut on ѕееing thе miѕеrу of children. “Thе miserable ѕituаtiоn motivated mе tо ѕеt uр a ѕсhооl аnd еduсаtе nееdу and рооr сhildrеn”, Mаggiе ѕаid. She set uр Kopila Valley in 2010.
Dоуnе said, “There iѕ nо timе to wаѕtе. If уоu are еduсаtеd аnd free, еmроwеrеd and safe, уоu hаvе to uѕе уоur ѕtrеngth, уоur power, and уоur giftѕ tо hеlр thе rеѕt оf оur human fаmilу. “Thiѕ honour hаѕ еnсоurаgеd mе to dо mоrе in ѕосiаl service аnd it iѕ thе viсtоrу оf аll invоlvеd in altruistic wоrk”, Mаggiе added. She рlеdgеd tо соntinuе educating the street сhildrеn аnd оrрhаnѕ with еxtrа vigour.

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Ben Affleck Named People’s Choice Awards’ Favorite Humanitarian

May 24, 2015

Ben Affleck was awarded the People’s Choice Award for favorite humanitarian at on Wednesday night’s award show.  This is the third annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens.  The live award show was aired on January 7th from the Nokia Theater L.A.

“We are so pleased to honor Ben with the 2015 People’s Choice Humanitarian Award,” said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. “This award has become an important part of our show. It highlights a different side of a celebrity and helps bring awareness to a cause that our audience can support.”

Affleck was chosen as this year’s recipient in recognition of the work he has done with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which he founded in 2010.

In 2010, Affleck and Whitney Williams co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative.  Investors include Howard Graham Buffett, Google, Laurene Powell Jobs and Cindy McCain. ECI supports “Africans finding solutions to African problems” by acting as a grant maker for Congolese-led, community-based organizations.  ECI, with two employees in the US and 12 in the Congo, makes grants and offers capacity-building support to over 20 charities involved with supporting survivors of rape and sexual violence, reintegrating child soldiers into their communities, promoting economic opportunity, increasing access to health care and education, and promoting community-level peace and reconciliation.  One ECI grantee, Green House, offers training and resources to Congolese farmers.

Charities & foundations Ben Affleck has supported


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NFL To Announce Walter Payton Man of the Year During Super Bowl XLIX

Jan 30, 2015 0

Admit the glitz and pageantry of Super Bowl XLIX, we, at the GoodNewsNotebook, would like to recognize the many charitable efforts of top NFL players.  These gentlemen, not only lead on the field of play, but they also lead the league in the game of life.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. The NFL Man of the Year Award is named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, who died in 1999.

walter_paytonThe 2015 Finalists are Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Based on the selected by a distinguished Board which includes Connie Payton, the widow of the late Walter Payton AKA “Sweetness,” the finalists were chosen from among the 32 team nominees for the award, all of whom receive a $5,000 donation from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide to the charity of their choice. The winner will receive a $50,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. The two additional finalists will receive $10,000 donations in their names from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

According to their website, Connie Payton states, “My husband started his foundation, The Walter Payton Foundation, in the hope of providing for the in-need and neglected children within the State of Illinois who found themselves part of the DCFS program. So that we, his family, could continue on with the integrity and dignity of the Payton name in caring for these children, we needed to create; the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. Walter made the Payton name mean something special and we, his family, accept the challenge to make only good things happen in the Payton name.”


ABOUT TEAM SWEETNESS
The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation is about helping abused, neglected & underprivileged children in the State of Illinois. We strive to help boost these children’s self-esteem and give them a reason to believe that tomorrow can be different….. That tomorrow can be better!

In addition to programs already in motion, the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation continue to dream. New programs are being initiated to provide children and Veterans with the tools and the opportunities to live their lives with dignity and pride! The task ahead of us is a great challenge.

LEARN MORE AT www.Payton34.com


QUOTE BY WALTER PAYTON

“Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you can catch them at a young age you can really change a life. There are a lot of studies that show that one act of kindness to these children has a 40% chance of making that child have a completely different outcome in their life. What you hope is that you can get a kid to believe in something and to believe in themselves.”

// Walter Payton #34 //

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