On Thanksgiving at 9 PM (EST), CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute."
These aren’t heroes who can run 40 yards in four seconds, or score 100 points in a basketball game. They aren’t guys who have built business empires that makes billions.
They are regular people who have dedicated their lives to helping others. According to CNN:
"Our Top 10 CNN Heroes are proof that you don’t need superpowers — or millions of dollars — to change the world and even save lives," Cooper said.
CNN launched its second annual global search for ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary deeds in February. The network has aired weekly CNN Hero profiles of those people, chosen from more than 3,700 nominations submitted by viewers in 75 countries.
A panel made up of world leaders and luminaries recognized for their own dedication to public service selected the Top 10. The Blue Ribbon Panel includes humanitarians such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Kristi Yamaguchi and Deepak Chopra."
The list includes former Detroit Viola Vaughn who now lives in Senegal and runs the "10,000 Girls" program,which helps girls succeed in school and teaches them to start and run their own business.
Here are CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2008:
Tad Agoglia, Houston, Texas
Yohannes Gebregeorgis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Carolyn LeCroy, Norfolk, Virginia
Anne Mahlum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Liz McCartney, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
Phymean Noun, Toronto, Ontario
David Puckett, Savannah, Georgia
Maria Ruiz, El Paso, Texas
Marie Da Silva, Los Angeles, California
Viola Vaughn, Kaolack, Senegal
Each of these folks has done amazing things. You can read the CNN article for the full story on their accomplishments. These people are inspiring and we can all learn a lot from them
Congratulations to each of them. The DIFF salutes them all for making the world a better place.