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Everyone is talking about the 7 year old who has collected $240,000 to help the people of Haiti.

Charlie Simpson of West London had hoped to raise a fraction of that by cycling five miles around a local park. His sponsored ride, for UNICEF’s earthquake appeal, ended up raising $240,000 (that’s £150,000).

“I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives,” said Simpson on his JustGiving page, a fundraising site that helped launch his efforts. “I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti.”

Seek and ye shall find, or receive, in this case. That request got the donations pouring in. Yesterday the number was $160,000 and after exposure on CNN International leaped another $80,000 today.

Read more about the small boy with the big heart on  Visit Charlie’s donation page here.



Jeff and Erin’s video went off line mysteriously last night after I posted it. So here, for your viewing pleasure, the famous video from Jill and Kevin’s Wedding. This fun-loving couple and their attendants danced their way down the aisle one of the most memorable wedding days ever. Because they danced to a Chris Brown song, they set up a website to accept donations for domestic abuse. Jill and Kevin were among the nominees for Beliefnet’s Most Inspiring Person of 2009. I still get a giggle every time I see this video..

This is awesome. Jeff and Erin’s Epic Wedding Trailer will introduce you to a couple that truly stands out! They have gone out of their way to remind people of their big day. This is guarenteed to put a smile on your face!

Sorry folks, this video was made private after we posted it yesterday, so it cannot be viewed. But trust me, they used every Hollywood movie trick in the book. Instead, for your viewing pleasure, please enjoy Jill and Kevin’s Big Day!

Thanks to Inspiration Report reader Marie Ennis-O’Connor for tipping us off to “Good News Friday.”

This was the first of what is hoped to be an annual event, initiated by pr/marketing company in Ireland to try to make good news fashionable.

It happened last Friday, January 22, known as one of the most depressing days of the year–when New Year’s Resolutions start to fade, Christmas credit card bills start showing up and winter gloom seems to be in the air.

We spoke with Alison Treacy, an account assistant who worked on this good news campaign. She said that on that day people were allowed to use her company’s service for free, as long as the press releases sent out were about good news stories. Media around Ireland were encouraged to participate in some way. Between the people covering the inspiring news and the people creating and supplying it, a good news virus swept Ireland and was heard of in many parts of the world.


Beliefnet: What was the intention of this campaign?

Alison: There was a definite feeling that the Irish media had become excessively bogged down with doom and gloom. The constant crime mentions, the tribunals, the recession, job losses, church scandal, etc. So my boss, Jack Murray, had the idea that for one day we would flood the media with some positive news and try to redress the balance and send out some optimism.


What were some of the inspiring stories that went out on the wire.

All of the news stories on our site available here. Those posted on the 21st or 22nd of January are from releases that came through our website especially one with titles prefixed with GNF. You can have a look and take your pick!


How many news releases were sent?

Through us, just over two hundred releases went out. Indirectly is harder to measure, as we encouraged participants to stitch in a Good News Friday line if they chose not to go through our website.


How Many People participated?

It’s difficult to measure. Our facebook fan page had over three hundred fans. Countless people on Twitter were spreading good news and getting into the spirit of it (search #gnf). Then numerous local and national radio stations got on board, interviewed Jack about it and did features on the day. We were also in the Examiner and the Independent, two national newspapers, when we initially launched the idea. 

Just goes to show you how a good news virus gets started.


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