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Toronto college student saves stranger from subway tracks
The thud of the man hitting the tracks was followed by shrieks from a nearby commuter who watched from the platform in horror. In the distance, a train could be heard rumbling into the station. It was shortly after noon on Tuesday at Toronto’s St. Clair West subway station and few others were around when Dwight Orchard, 23, leapt onto the tracks to save the life of another. Orchard, a George Brown College plumbing student originally from Bracebridge, had just stepped off the stairs and onto the platform when he saw the man teeter over the edge and onto the tracks below. With sound of an oncoming train filling the station, Orchard dropped his school bag and ran. In what onlooker Ren Niles, 40, described as a heroic act, Orchard jumped onto the tracks and began to try to lift the unidentified man — who transit officials said “appeared to... Continue Reading
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Canadians rush to save 11 trapped killer whales
(CNN) — Time is running short for a pack of killer whales trapped by ice near a small Canadian village on Hudson Bay, the town’s mayor said Wednesday. The 11 whales are confined in a space of about 30 feet by 30 feet, where they use an opening for a breathing hole, Inukjuak Mayor Petah Inukpuk said. The orcas were discovered Tuesday morning by a northern Quebec seal hunter. The two large and nine smaller killer whales are at least 6 miles (10 kilometers) from open water, the mayor said. They appear to be part of a family pack. The Canadian... Continue Reading
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How One Bike Changed a Village
When Bill and Nancy Bamberger from San Diego first visited Cambodia as tourists in 2002, they were struck by its long history, the warmth of its people, and the devastation that was still evident from long years of violence and neglect. A whole generation of educated people had been killed or fled the violence of the Khmer Rouge, holding back the growth of Cambodia today. To help reverse that trend, the Bambergers created the Cambodian Village Fund, supporting education in the rural village of Kaun Khlong. The Bambergers’ 40th anniversary was approaching soon after they returned to San Diego, when Nancy... Continue Reading
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84 Year Old, Leaves Condo To Homeless
Before Leila Boroughs died at the age of 84, the San Francisco, Calif., woman decided to leave her greatest possession to people she had never met. The former nurse left in her will her $400,000 condo to the homeless, asking for it to be turned into a shelter, NBC Bay Area reports. Boroughs, who never married and lived alone, said she didn’t have close relatives to whom she could leave the estate. She specified that if the 525-square-foot condo wasn’t suitable for a shelter, the city could sell it and use the money to fight homelessness, the news source reported.... Continue Reading
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Name Bubbles Bag-Tag Campaign Benefits Water For People
Name Bubbles announces today a $24,000 dollar donation made in support of Water For People, a global organization committed to building a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation Saratoga Springs, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2011 Name Bubbles, the award-winning personalized name labels company, announced the results of their global giving program to support Water For People, a non-profit organization that brings long-lasting water and sanitation solutions to 11 developing countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. Name Bubbles made an initial $10,000 donation to Water For People in 2010 and pledged earlier this... Continue Reading
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Device that harvests water from thin air wins the James Dyson Award
Young Melbourne-based inventor Edward Linacre has won the 2011 James Dyson Award, making it the second year in a row where the prestigious prize has gone to an Aussie. Linacre stole this year’s competition with his Airdrop irrigation concept that collects water from thin air. The Swinburne University of Technology design graduate was driven to transform an ancient cooling technique into a new sub-surface irrigation system, following the enduring Australian drought that saw high levels of farmer suicide along Australia’s Murray- Darling Basin. The Airdrop irrigation concept is a low-tech design that uses the simple process of condensation to harvest... Continue Reading
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Endangered rhinos airlifted to new home
How do you move a sleeping rhino? With a helicopter and a whole lot of rope. Nineteen black rhinoceroses recently took flight as part of an effort to establish new, safe habitats for the critically endangered animals. The 1.5-ton rhino species has been devastated by poaching; in the early 1990s, there were only 2,000 black rhinoceroses left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature of South Africa. The rhinos are coveted for their horns, which are sold as aphrodisiacs on foreign markets. WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion project aims to protect the species by expanding their... Continue Reading
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New Collective Artist Titus Burger
Orphan Sunday Project by Titus Burger from Amber Burger on Vimeo. Titus is one of the coolest kids I have had the privilege of meeting.  To see someone this young having the passion to help others is both humbling and inspiring.  I would pay the 4 dollars for his artwork (and already have) just to make this kid’s project successful. Seeing that the money is going to help clothe orphans makes this opportunity even more beautiful. So often we are hindered by our thoughts, and we allow ourselves to believe that our “small” contributions won’t make a difference.  A penny here…a... Continue Reading
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The 7 Deadly Sins of Social Good — And How to Avoid Them
We’ve all been there — you discover an unbelievable non-profit supporting a great cause, only to find that there’s just something not right. Perhaps it’s unclear how much money is being donated, its Facebook page looks outdated or it’s murky about what the organization wants from its fans. It’s not easy running a non-profit, but it’s crushing to find good people committing one of the seven deadly sins of social good. Any one of these sins can turn someone away from supporting a non-profit and even jeopardize the organization’s ability to do good. So what are the sins and how... Continue Reading
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