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Most Inspiring Nominees of 2009

And the Winner Is...

Zach Bonner

Beliefnet is proud to announce that Zach Bonner is the Most Inspiring Person of 2009.

He was nominated for living his conviction that no one is ever too young to change the world. He was selected for his compassionate, selfless service to homeless children. Not only has he made it his mission to call attention to their plight, he literally walks his talk--last year he made a 1200-mile "My House to the White House" walk to raise money to house homeless youth. Next year he will help with a project through Variety Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles.

Zach began at age 6 to show his penchant for humanitarian service, hauling his Radio Flyer through his hometown of Tampa, Florida, collecting bottled water for hurricane victims. But his greatest concern, even at that age, was the plight of homeless children.

At 12, he is the youngest winner in the 10-year history of this award.

Zach received the most votes and he won the hearts of Beliefnet readers and editors.

See an interview with Zach about his work.

Read Kimberly Winston's profiles of our other nominees.

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Captain Sully
Capt. "Sully"

Hero of the Hudson


Danny Cottrell
Danny Cottrell

Recession Angel

  Kaleb Eulls

Kaleb Eulls
Football Star Saves Lives


Zach Bonner
Zach Bonner

Helps Homeless Kids

  Jill and Kevin

Jill & Kevin Wedding
Wedding Dance for Donations


Jorge Munoz
Jorge Munoz

Feeding the Hungry


Griffeth &

Do-Gooder Officers


Paul Levy
Paul Levy

CEO Who Saved Jobs


Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox

Devoted Optimist

  Iranian Protestors

Iranian Protesters
Standing Up for Freedom

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Meet the Winner: Zach Bonner
  • zach bonner most inspiring person

    Zach in Action

    Photos and audio interview with an extraordinary boy making a difference in other children's lives.

  • Zach Bonner

    Read the Interview

    Our winner shares what motivates him, what he wants to be when he grows up, and more.