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Charlie Simpson rides his bike for Haiti.

A 7 year old boy in Britain named Charlie Simpson had a iron willed ambition to raise money and do what he could when he had heard about the Haiti disaster. He has raised the equivalent of over 220,000 US Dollars when he initially was trying to reach a goal of 800 dollars and donate it to UNICEF’s earthquake division. According to CNN, he posted “My name is Charlie Simpson. 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 which launched his efforts. And with that simple call, messages of support flooded the site. Even British Prime Minister Gordon Brown helped to spread the message. His “Downing Street” Twitter alias said, “Amazed by response to the great fundraising efforts of 7 yr old Charlie Simpson for the people of Haiti.” His case is truly an inspirational one. All the money he has raised is going towards UNICEF’s Haiti Earthquake Children’s Appeal which will provide water, sanitation, education, nutrition to children in need. It also will aid in the children protection agency. It is truly astonishing how he raised this immense a sum of money just with a simple 5 mile bike ride in the park and a truly humanitarian heart to help others.

Cuban airspace has been off limits to U.S. aircraft since the embargo began in 1962.  With the recent tragedy in Haiti, however, humanitarian efforts have forced the two to cooperate.  The flight time between Miami and Guantanamo Bay has been temporarily reduced by 90 minutes as a result of Cuba’s latest decision to allow U.S. craft into their airspace.  The two nations are old enemies from the Cold War, but capitalist and communist alike have banded together to help their shared neighbor in its time of need.  Cuba’s current leader, Raul Castro took office in 2008 when his brother Fidel fell seriously ill.  Whether or not Raul’s actions are signs of a more relaxed relationship with the U.S. remains to be seen, but for the time being, old foes have set aside their differences for the betterment of humanity as a whole.


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