One man can make a difference
Maybe that man, woman or child is YOU!
You do not need to be rich or famous to make a difference.  Age, color, background and finances
matter not. All you need is love, compassion, caring, understanding and a passion for something
that moves you deep in your soul. Life has deep fulfillment and meaning if you look within and
become of service to others in need. Share your life, your knowledge, your experiences, your
abilities and gifts. Reach out and touch the world, make a difference.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity" ~ Maximus
Here are some more earth angels to inspire and guide you. These are people, just like you and I,
who have had the courage to challenge injustice, sharing their lives and time to change pain,
anguish and despair into hope, light, joy, freedom and happiness. What are YOU waiting for?
(Click on photo's to go to detailed info)

Kathy Buckley.
Ohio, USA.

Mesmerizing and humbling, motivator, humanitarian, comedienne, actress.
 Kathy had spinal meningitis at the age 3 and could not hear anything for 33 years.
She taught herself to lip read and did not learn sign language until well into her 20's.
But wait, there's more...
Misdiagnosed as mentally retarded and put in a home at 7, abused by her father,
run over by a Jeep while sunbathing at 20, paralyzed and in recovery for five years,
then six years later, diagnosed with cervical cancer, overcoming it,
then diagnosed again a few years later, she walked away,
determined to recover... and has!

 A tireless performer with undying commitment, support and love for disabled children.
"Every single child deserves to have a real childhood.
And they should have role models to show them that people care about them deeply."
Kathy believes that anything can be achieved when the heart and mind work together.

"I love to make people laugh, but I love it even more
if I can teach them something at the same time."

"My specialty, and my favorite, is working with parents of children with disabilities.
There isn't anything in the world more rewarding than seeing the fear and doubt
leave a parent's eyesand be replaced with hope and faith. Do you know why?
That tells me that kid has a chance."

Nelson Mandela.
Transkei, South Africa - Cancer.
From 1964 to 1990, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for opposing South Africa's
white minority government. Instead of disappearing from view, Mandela became a
worldwide symbol of resistance to racism. In 1993 Mandela and the president who
released him, F.W. de Klerk, shared the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994 Mandela was
elected the country's president. He retired in June, 1999 and now resides in Transkei.

"Mandela accepted the Nobel Peace Prize as an accolade to all people who have worked
for peace and stood against racism. It was as much an award to his person as it was to
the ANC and all South Africas people. In particular, he regards it as a tribute to the
people of Norway who stood against apartheid while many in the world were silent".
~ Source unknown

Princess Diana.
Norfolk, England - Cancer.
"In her life, Diana profoundly influenced this nation and the world. Although a princess,
she was someone for whom, from afar, we dared to feel affection, and by whom we were
all intrigued. She kept company with kings and queens, with princes and presidents, but
we especially remember her humane concerns and how she met individuals and made
them feel significant. In her death she commands the sympathy of millions".
~ Speech given at her funeral. Killed at 36 yrs.

Diana adored children and despite her shyness and the relentless pursuit of the press,
she spent her time doing charity work with honesty, love, caring and concern.
She is said to have replied to everyone that wrote her and never forgot people she met.
Towards the end of her short life, she was doing some remarkable work to abolish land
mines so that innocent children and people might not be maimed or blown up anymore.

Craig Keilburger.
Toronto, Canada.
Craig Keilburger was 12, when he read an article about a murdered Pakistani boy, also 12,
who was sold into slavery at 6 years old by his parents. That article started Craig on a mission
which is now the world's largest organization of children helping children. With nine other
classmates, Craig began Free the Children, an organization devoted to free children worldwide
from poverty and exploitation, promote education, build schools, collect medical and school
supplys, and establish rehabilitation centers in rural and developing countries. Craig, born in
1982, empowers young people to step up, become leaders within their community (nationally
and internationally),and make a difference.

"The one promise I make to the children is that I will take their stories
to any one who is willing to listen."

He has told the stories to Mother Theresa, Queen Elizabeth, congressmen and prime
ministers on behalf of the 250 million children forced to work as slaves or for slave wages.
Free the Children is making a huge impact globally and has changed laws around the world.

Helen Keller .
Alabama, USA - Cancer.
A normal child who, at the age of 18 months, became blind, deaf and mute. Helen
behaved like a savage and was totally out of control. Thanks to an incredibly patient
and determined teacher, Helen became a highly intelligent and sensitive woman who
wrote beautifully, spoke magnificently, and worked incessantly for the betterment
of others. A powerful woman and a symbol of triumph over adversity.
Mahatma Gandhi.
Gujarat, India - Libra.
Spiritual/Political Leader and Humanitarian.
He never wavered in his unshakable belief in nonviolent protest and religious tolerance.

"Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi on non violence

"Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable.
He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward
a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this
walked the earth in flesh and blood."
ÊÊÊÊ~ Albert Einstein about Gandhi

crazy horse
Crazy Horse, Tashunca-uitco.
 Republican River, USA, 1845-1877
"A very great visionis needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the
deepest blue of the sky. I was hostile to the white man...we preferred hunting to a life of
idleness on our reservations. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed
to hunt. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers came and destroyed our villages.
Then Long Hair (Custer) came...They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same
to us. Our first impulse was to escape but we were so hemmed in we had to fight."

Crazy Horse was recognized among his own people as a visionary leader committed to preserving
the traditions and values of the Lakota way of life. A legendary warrior, he stole horses from the
Crow Indians before he was thirteen, and led his first war party before turning twenty. Modest,
fearless, a mystic, a believer in destiny. It was a point of honor with him never to keep anything
for himself, excepting weapons of war. He gave everything to the poor. He only killed when
forced to do so. Crazy Horse earned his reputation among the Lakota not only by his charity,
skill and daring in battle but also by his fierce determination to preserve his people's traditional
way of life. He was killed in captivity, by a soldier, at age 33yrs.

Joan Of Arc .
Domremy, France - Capricorn.
Jeanne d'Arc was devoted and loyal to God, her King and her destiny which was to
restore the French king, Charles VII to the throne and drive the English from France.
A little girl, who led the entire French Army!

"When I was about thirteen, I received revelation from Our Lord by a voice which told
me to be good and attend church often and that God would help me." Joan believed that
the voices she heard were Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret.
She followed the guidance of the saints, living and dying for what she deeply believed in.
She gave herself totally for love of her people and the freedom of France.
Whether people liked what she said or not, she was always truthful.
She had the courage of her convictions and stood by them.
Burnt at the stake, only nineteen years old, her last words were in praise of God.

Peace Pilgrim
From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only "Peace Pilgrim" walked more
than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until
mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.
"In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds and lives of thousands
of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound.
It continues to inspire people all over the world:

"This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth,
and hatred with love."

Jackie Robinson.
Georgia, USA - Aquarius.
This man is not only one of the greatest athletes of all time, he was an outstanding civil
rights leader. He achieved a higher level of excellence in a wider variety of sports that any
athlete in history. He is still the only UCLA Bruin to letter in four sports: football,
basketball, baseball, and track. He was in All-American in both football and basketball,
and set long jump records in track. Baseball was his weakest sport, but he played it
professionally because the NBA and NFL still had their doors closed to black men.

When Robinson broke the color barrier, virtually no institution in American life had been
officially and fully integrated. Not the schools, not the workplace, not the military - and
certainly not baseball, where resistance to integration seemed greatest. On April 15, 1947,
Jackie Robinson became the first black baseball player in major league baseball and 'broke
down one of the most stubborn and public bastions of segregation seven years before
Brown vs. Board of Education, eight years before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back
of the bus, 16 years before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech
and 17 years before Congress passed the first civil rights legislation since the Civil War.'

"Jackie Robinson made it possible for me in the first place;
without him, I would never have been able to do what I did."
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
~ Jackie's favourite saying.

Abraham Lincoln.
Kentucky, USA - Aquarius.
This man from a very simple background, became one of the greatest presidents of the
USA. He abolished slavery. In doing so, he redirected the future of thousands of people
and gave back the birth right of all men, women and children...Freedom.
A man of integrity, intelligence, humanity, determination and perseverance.
He attended school less than 12 months in his entire life!

"Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery,
I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

Everybody can be great.
Because anybody can serve.. .
You only need a heart full of grace.
A soul generated by love.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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