Bobby Charlton - How the plane catastrophe destroyed Manchester United

Manchester United (an England football team) was one of the best football teams in Europe in 1958. The team consisted mainly of young and talented players from the area or from their own offspring. The then coach Matt Busby formed a troupe, which was not only very successful, but also played a very attractive and awesome football. All England raved about this team, which was able to win in the previous years always superior to the English championship. One of the greatest talents in this crew was Bobby Charlton.

Manchester United was also successful in the European Cup and was considered one of the favorites in this event. In the quarterfinals managed thanks to Bobby Charlton, who contributed two goals, the rise against the former Yugoslav club Red Star Belgrade. On the return flight from Belgrade, you had to make a scheduled stopover in Munich to refuel the plane. In the plane was the entire football team of Manchester United, a few fans, journalists and accompanying personnel. There were already some problems and delays due to the winter weather, which caused a slight disturbance. The two players Tommy Taylor and David Pegg exchanged seats shortly before the start with Bobby Charlton and another player, as it was believed to have a safer place in the back of the plane.

The pilot steered the plane onto the runway and routinely accelerated. But suddenly the speed of the aircraft fell, due to the low speed, the aircraft could not take off. The plane then broke through the fence boundary at the end of the runway and crashed into a nearby house. As a result, the aircraft was torn apart, as a part encountered a garage, where gas was stored, followed by a huge explosion. Bobby Charlton was strapped with his entire seat thrown off the plane and became unconscious.

Bobby Charlton: "There was silence on board. When we broke through the fence, I could not even hear the sound of a scream"

Bobby Charlton survived this terrible accident with a laceration on his head and a severe shock. But when he asked about his teammates in the hospital, his heart started to bleed. Seven of his teammates were dead, as were the two players with whom Bobby Charlton had swapped places shortly before. Two weeks later, Duncan Edwards also succumbed to his severe injury, which was then considered a century-old talent in England. In total, the accident claimed 23 lives, including eight friends and teammates of Bobby Charlton. Two other teammates had to end their career after this disaster prematurely. Within moments, Manchester United's young and hopeful football team was torn apart forever.

Bobby Charlton: "I thought, why me? Why did not anything happen to me while all my friends were killed?"

The cause of the accident was the slush on the runway, which made the plane slower and unable to take off. Somehow, however, it had to continue for Manchester United, but the shock was still very deep. The season was played out with substitute and youth players, but the championship was lost, as you could not win most of the games, as expected. The recovered coach Matt Busby, who survived the accident badly injured, should now build a completely new team, together with the last great hope, Bobby Charlton. Bobby Charlton was only 20 years old at the time and now had to shoulder enormous responsibilities despite the tragic incident. He decided to continue playing football.

Bobby Charlton: "We were not allowed to give up. We owe it to our dead comrades"

It took several years before Manchester United had a powerful team available again. Championships were won again and exactly ten years after the catastrophe Manchester United won the European Cup. Led by an outstanding Bobby Charlton, not only Manchester United, but also the English national team recovered. In 1966, England and Bobby Charlton sensationally won the World Cup in their own country. Bobby Charlton became English footballer of the year in the same year and become selected of European Footballer of the Year.

After his extraordinary career, Bobby Charlton was knighted by the British Queen and from now on was allowed to call sir. Subsequently, he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.

But Bobby Charlton never forgot his dead friends, who were killed in the plane crash. He honored her by continuing to fight under the most difficult conditions after this tragic incident and making an impressive career in football. His deceased comrades had never gotten this chance.

Bobby Charlton: "I feel guilty. I think about it every day of my life"
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Anton Schmid - The sergeant with a good heart
Anton Schmid was born on January 9, 1900 in Vienna (Austria) and learned to work as an electrician. He opened a small business with his wife, where he sold electrical equipment such as radios or even repaired things for his customers. After the annexation of Austria to the German Reich in 1938, there were initial tensions and conflicts with the Jewish population, but these were only precursors for later unimaginable mass murder. A short time later, the war broke out and Anton Schmid was drafted into the German Wehrmacht.

Anton Schmid was assigned as a sergeant to Vilnius (capital of Lithuania) and was there the head of the local sprinkle collection point. His task was to pick up scattered or cut off from their units of German soldiers again to allot them to new Wehrmacht units. Vilnius was originally considered a very liberal city and was therefore a Jewish stronghold with many Jewish residents. However, with the arrival of German troops in Lithuania, this situation changed abruptly, suddenly violence and terror prevailed in Vilnius with one priority: the systematic annihilation of the Jewish population.

There, where recently still Jewish people peacefully the streets animated, now found an incredible bloodshed instead. Terrified Jews were driven from their homes and executed in the street. Thousands lost their lives, the remaining Jewish population was relocated to newly built ghettos. From there, the Jews were systematically taken to Paneriai, a district of Vilnius. The forest of Paneriai used to be a popular destination for the urban population, but now there were mass executions. Terrible massacres took place there, because even women and children were ruthlessly and brutally shot. Anton Schmid got these unimaginable mass murders and decided to help the helpless Jews.

Anton Schmid: "I only acted as a human being"

The sergeant began sneaking into the ghetto at the risk of his life, bringing food to the starving people, which was prohibited under the death penalty at the time. He organized essential medicines or brought mothers bottle milk for their babies. Anton Schmid began using all possibilities of his office to help Jews. He issued an abundance of work permits to house Jews in workshops where he was in charge as workers to save them from the shootings. He bravely drove to the notorious central prison in Vilnius to liberate Jews who were held and tortured there and declare them his workers. Again and again he hid Jews at home, to protect them from the extermination actions or brought them with forged papers in the neighboring Belarus. But it was only a matter of time before the risky actions of Anton Schmid were inflated. Soon one found incriminating evidence and the courageous sergeant was arrested.

Anton Schmid had no chance of a rescue. He was sentenced to death by the court martial for treason and rescuing the Jews and shot dead on 13 April 1942. He was thrown lonely and isolated on the edge of a cemetery in a pit and buried.

More than 150,000 Jews lost their lives during the Second World War in Lithuania, which corresponded to about 90% of the Jewish population. In these cruel years Anton Schmid was the last ray of hope for many Jewish people. He single-handedly saved hundreds of Jews from certain death because he simply had a good heart. Only a few members of the German Wehrmacht had the courage to act like Anton Schmid. He could have lived a carefree life, but he chose the path of humanity and was punished for it with death.

Anton Schmid - The sergeant with a good heart
Anton Schmid with his wife Stefanie
Anton Schmid was awarded the honorary title "Righteous Among the Nations" in 1967 honored. His widow received the corresponding medal and a quote: "Whoever saves a human life has saved the entire world, as it were."

Anton Schmid: Everyone has to cringe. But if I can choose to die as a murderer or as a helper, then I choose death as a helper"
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The Miracle of the Hudson River

On January 15, 2009, the flight captain Chesley Sullenberger launched a routine domestic flight from New York as usual. "Sully," as he was usually called by his friends, started his career at the US Air Force, was an active glider pilot and a trained carrier. With over 19,000 flying hours, he had been a very experienced pilot, but what was to happen in the following minutes was an absolute horror for the experienced pilot.

Shortly after the scheduled start, dull blows suddenly shook the plane and the smell of burnt animals followed. The machine had flown at about 400 kilometers per hour into a large swarm of geese. The engines quickly fell out as they had sucked in the spring, and the 70 ton aircraft was a light metal glider without a drive. There was now no engine noise, and no one on the plane knew what was going to happen. Only one man could not lose his nerves.

Chesley Sullenberger immediately took control and tried to keep the plane quiet. He contacted the air traffic control authorities to find a suitable solution as soon as the aircraft lost its heights. A return to the departure airport would take too long, for this reason the air traffic controllers proposed a glide route to a nearby regional airport. But this route was no longer an option for the pilot as the plane was already flying too low and much too slowly. Chesley Sullenberger wanted to prevent a potentially catastrophic crash in the middle of densely populated New York, and the chances were good that this route would actually happen.

Chesley Sullenberger: "I had to solve this problem. I had a job to do"

There was now only a tiny chance to save the lives of the passengers and many other people, and Sully had to make this incomprehensible decision as a responsible person all by himself and only in fractions of seconds. In his last radio speech he informed the air traffic control that he had decided to ditch the Hudson River. The faces of the air traffic controllers suddenly turned pale, because there were only a few courageous pilots who would actually dare. In most of the previous landings with scheduled airplanes, no one had survived, and everyone knew this.

For this situation, there was no instruction and no training simulations on how an airplane actually behaved during an impact. Chesley Sullenberger had to improvise and only trust his feeling for the machine as a longtime pilot. Never before in his life had he had to fly a large machine so slowly, because every hour kilometer too much could crush the plane in a lot of parts. The flight attendants gave the passengers final instructions and then trembling themselves into their seats. Suddenly it was silent. No voices were heard in the airplane, the fear of the possible death had put many passengers under shock. The life of 155 people was now in the hands of a single man, the pilot Chesley Sullenberger.

The first skyscrapers appeared and the plane crossed the George Washington Bridge. Chesley Sullenberger steered the machine with a quiet hand between the obstacles, knowing that a small mistake and a little lack of concentration could cost many lives. He quickly sought a suitable place for the ditching, as the New York harbor was a busy area. Only six minutes after the aircraft had picked up from the airport, the plane was already back on the Hudson River. With incredible feeling, the pilot actually made it a point-accurate landing and the machine was not destroyed.

The miracle of the Hudson River was completed. All passengers survived the unforeseen emergency landing without real injuries. Soon there were ferries, which brought the people who climbed over the wings to safety. Sully was the last person left the plane, after checking that there was no passenger in the plane.

The sewage was only less than 1.6 kilometers from the famous Times Square and later it was found that the busy George Washington Bridge was only flown with an airport of about 275 meters.

Chesley Sullenberger received an honorary award from the city of New York for his courageous deed, the US President thanked himself personally for his heroic commitment to the people. While many pilots are reluctant to make a breakout, the courage of Sully rewarded. In the most dangerous and difficult situation in his life, he remained calm and made the right decisions in just a few seconds despite the acute danger of life. This ditching was considered a masterly feat, as many experts agreed that such a maneuver was one of the most difficult things for pilots in the aviation industry. It was only Chesley Sullenberger, his courage and his special flight feeling, that there was no terrible catastrophe. Who knows how another pilot in his place would have coped with this incredible pressure situation.
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Bowen with his cat
James Bowen with his angel cat
Life did not mean well to James Bowen, who was born on March 15, 1979 in Surrey, England. When he was a child, he had to cope not only with his parents' divorce, but also with a reluctant move to Australia. Here he lived with his mother and his stepfather, but he had a hard time in his new home. As the family changed frequently, it was difficult for James Bowen to find new friends in the changing schools. As a result, he was always an outsider and was often harassed by his classmates, which is why he could not build any social ties. At the age of eighteen he returned to his home in London, where he met his half-sister. But this agreement did not last long, and James Bowen finally landed on the road.

Homelessness made James Bowen very unhappy. He began taking drugs to escape the reality of his miserable life. On the cold floors of downtown London he tried to earn a little money with his guitar as a street musician. For most people, he no longer existed, James Bowen had completely lost his courage to live. Without restraint in life, he was now trapped in an unfeeling world where everything revolves around his drug addiction and daily struggle for food. After an eternally long wait, James Bowen received a small social apartment, which was his only small light. With the little money he earned as a street musician, he continued to satisfy his drug addiction, which was the only meaning in his life.
James Bowen: "I had no hope, lived in the shadow"
One day James Bowen came home tired and tired when he suddenly discovered a neglected red cat in the house gang. He noticed that the cat was heavily emaciated and had a leg injury. James Bowen regretted the cat and took her to his home. He gave her food and brought her to the animal protection association where the animal was being treated. With his last money, he had to buy an antibiotic for the cat, which was vital. While the cat slowly recovered, James Bowen tried to find the owner of the animal, but without success. When the cat was nursed and back in strength, he released her into freedom again. But no matter how much effort he had, the cat did not leave his side. Time and time again, she returned to the apartment and even followed him to work as a street musician. James Bowen took the cat now, and called it Bob.

When James Bowen was back on the street and started playing the guitar, something odd happened. Diesel people, who had not yet gazed at the musician before, stopped unexpectedly and listened to his sounds. Responsible for this was Bob, the cat, who had a magical attraction to the passers-by. People loved the unequal pair, and the revenues of James Bowen rose day by day. He also added little gags to the cat, with a kind of amusing hand against the paw, they stormed the hearts of the people in a storm. Bob soon became an absolute favorite, and fans were already given cat food, toys and small knitted scarves.
James Bowen: "With Bob, people have also noticed me"
The life of James Bowen began to change gradually. By Bob, he had a regular schedule again and he was really needed for the first time. Through the love and affection of the cat he managed the difficult drug removal and took responsibility for his life again. Shockingly, videos of him and his faithful cat spread on the Internet, thousands of followers were enthusiastic about this touching friendship. James Bowen also wrote a book about his poignant story with his cat Bob, which became an incredible bestseller worldwide.

James Bowen rescued a downtrodden and wounded cat. He thanked her with unconditional love and affection. He managed not only to overcome his drug addiction, but also to get his entire life under control again. The story of the drug-addicted street musician James Bowen and the cat Bob showed people that real friendship could also overcome the greatest obstacles.
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Raju - The elephant who was crying when he was liberated

Elephant in India related to the god Ganesha. So, as a sacred animal, and represents power and wisdom. The pachyderm lives mainly in the wilderness and also get very much appreciated in India. Although the elephant enjoys a very high status in the society, animal cruelties are always present. Raju was already taken as a small elephant baby and had to make a very early acquaintance with the captivity. The elephant's will was broken with hard strokes and extreme brutality to make him submissive.

The changing owners of Raju treated this beautiful animal was not really good. In his captivity he was often beaten and imprisoned in a confined space. So the years went by, and Raju was now owned by a man who often abused the elephant. Chained to sharp nail chains, Raju had to withstand incredible pain, the tips cut into the delicate elephant skin and caused deep wounds on the feet, which were not treated. The pachyderm had to feed on the waste of tourists, which is why his stomach was filled with plastic and paper. His keeper earned money from Raju, because as a holy elephant, he would be able to bless the people for payment. In addition, he tore the elephant's hair from his tail to sell it as a lucky charm.

After more than 50 years in captivity full of hunger and pain, an animal welfare organization drew attention to the fate of the elephant who wanted to free Raju. After the court permission had been obtained, the animal rights activists pushed forward to the elephant to save him from his torment. As they freed the legs from the heavy chains, the elephant did not resist. Raju felt instinctively that now his misery would be over forever. The animal protectionists could hardly believe it, because when they opened the last chains, the elephant suddenly showed a surprising emotional excitement.

Raju began to cry and tears ran down from his face. For the animal rights activists it was confirmation that the elephant realized the liberation action. It was hard to imagine what the elephant would have been through in half a century. The animal rights activists were also very touched by this emotional moment and immediately provided the painful wounds of the elephant. For Raju, a new life began in freedom, which had been denied him for more than 50 years.

Elephants are highly intelligent animals and for many researchers it is proven that the pachyderms can mourn. The images of Raju and his tears went around the world and changed the opinion of many people that animals could actually show feelings. After Raju's long history of suffering, this was hardly surprising.

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True love holds up to life

The Second World War ended in 1945, and the Allies were already penetrating far into the German Reich. In the east the Soviet troops were on their way to the last blow against Berlin and Adolf Hilter. They passed the small German town of Bärwalde, which was immediately occupied by the Russians. Many inhabitants were sent to work camps, including the 19-year-old Elvira Profé. In a forced labor transport she was transported to the northernmost Russia, where the tender woman had to perform bone-hard work from now on.

Elvira Profé: "Already during the transport in cattle cars, dozens of people were killed. In Siberia hunger and cold, scarlet and frigid fever, called for more victims."

After almost a year Elvira was already ill and very emaciated in the hospital there. Because she could no longer be used for work, she was sent back again. When she returned to her homeland, however, she could hardly believe what had happened in her absence. Bärwalde was now called Mieszkowice and belonged to Poland. Almost all their friends had escaped or were expelled, many Polish families from the East were forced to live here and now lived here. The only bright eyes were her parents, who were still here. Her father was used here to operate a scale factory which belonged to him before the occupation of the Russians. But not only the factory was taken from the family, but also the house and its entire property. Hardly any helped the excluded Germans.

Elvira Profé: "There was little to eat. But the worst was that we were treated as free-lance prisoners, we had no rights".

One day Elvira knocked at the door of Fortunat Mackiewicz to beg a little bread and milk. When the 25-year-old Pole saw Elvira, he immediately felt compassion for the emaciated young woman and immediately gave her something to eat. In the days that followed, Elvira spent more and more time with the Fortunat family, helping to milk the cows and haul the hay. Fortunat and Elvira spent many hours together, and with time a gentle love developed between them. Soon her love and affection became so strong that they wanted to marry.

Elvira Profé: "We were first friends. Friendship, a great friendship, trust. And then love".

But the Communist bureaucrats were horrified at this relationship with a German and forbade them to marry. A short time later the next heavy setback for the lovers fell, because in 1947 the last German people suddenly had to leave the town of Mieszkowice. Within a few hours Elvira had to pack with her parents the few belongings and leave the city. Elvira and Fortunat said good-bye to each other, and they quickly exchanged photographs. Then the family broke up to Germany, and Elvira and Fortunat were to look longingly in the eyes for a very long time.

Elvira Profé: "Of course I cried. But there was no time for grief. We had to survive".

Back in Germany the family built a new company, but Elvira and Fortunat did not hear anything from each other. And so the time passed, and the Iron Curtain also helped the two lovers not to see each other again. Elvira thought a lot about Fortunat, her heart was always with her, but the times were hard and everyone had to go his own way now. Over the years, more and more confidence disappeared. However, when the Wall suddenly fell to the East in 1989, hope re-emerged and Elvira took advantage of the border opening to search for her beloved. After some misunderstandings, she eventually caught on to Fortunat, working in a workshop for agricultural machinery but in another area. They began to write and in 1995, Almost 50 years after they had last seen, they met again at the old station of Mieszkowice. Elvira was now 70 years old, Fortunat was 75 years old.

Elvira Profé: "I had had his photo with me for 50 years. We fell around our necks, and it was as if these fifty years had just disappeared as if these 50 years had never been"

In 2005 they finally managed to get married to the event, which had been denied them over the many years, because their love had become much stronger over the years. They built a small house in the small town of Mieszkowice, where they had known each other for a long time. The two over 80-year-olds enjoy each other every moment and they are more than sure about one thing: Love holds up to life's when it is true love.
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What ever you do, the people will always have something negative to say

An old man went with his son and a donkey on the way to a nearby market place to sell his goods. The father was sitting on the donkey the boy led. "The poor boy," said an opposing man. "His short legs try to keep pace with the pace of the ass. How can one get so lazy on the ass when you see that the little child is running tired."

The father took this to heart, descended behind the next corner, and let the boy sit down. It was not long before a voice was heard: "Such an impertinence. Sit the little villain like a king on the donkey, while his poor old father walks alongside."

This hurt the boy and he asked the father to sit behind him on the ass. "Have you seen this before?" An old woman cried, "such an agony! The poor ass hangs his back, and the old and the young nothingness rest on him, the poor creature!"

The scoundrels looked at each other and, without saying a word, both descended from the donkey. As soon as they had walked a few steps beside the animal, a stranger was making fun of her: "I would not be so stupid. Why do you take the donkey for a walk, if he does not do anything, does not benefit you, and does not even carry one of you?"

The father pushed the donkey a handful of straw into his mouth and laid his hand on his son's shoulder. "Regardless of what we do," he said, "there is someone who does not agree. I think we need to know what we think is right."

"What ever you do, the people will always have something negative to say"
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The island of feelings

Once upon a time there was an island where all kinds of feelings and qualities of the people lived. One day the surprising news came that the island was threatened with destruction and that it would soon be destroyed. Immediately, all sentiments made their ships start to leave the island. Only the ship of love was just not seaworthy, so she had to stay on the island for the time being. When the island began to sink, love shouted the other feelings for help.

The wealth was close by with his luxury ship. Love asked him: "Wealth, can you help me?" The wealth only replied: "No, because I have too much money and gold on my ship, so I have no place for you."

Love then asked the arrogance for help, which also passed by with his beautiful boat. "I can not help you. You could spot or damage my ship."

When the sadness did not go far, love asked: "Sadness, let me go with you!" The island was already near its end. "Oooh... love, I'm so sad, I'd better stay alone and without accompany."

Happiness and a good mood simply continued. They were so happy and in a good mood that they could not even hear the help of love.

And suddenly, love heard a voice: "Come on my ship! I'll take you with you. "Love was so happy and content that it had not asked for the name of her savior.

After a few days, love asked: "Can you tell me who helped me?"

"Yes," answered the knowledge, "it was the time."

"The time? Asked the love baffled, "but why did the time saved me?"

The knowledge smiled and answered love: "Because only time can understand the importance of love in life..."
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The palm with the heavy load

An old Bedouin (nomadic descendant) was sick and doubted the meaning of life. One day he came to an oasis, a small palm tree. Frustrated and depressed as he was, he took a thick chunk of stone and laid it against the palm of the palm tree, and thought harshly: "Let her see how she can cope with it."

The young palm tried to throw off the load. She rocked in the wind and shook her young fronds. But all the effort was in vain. The load was getting heavier, but she did not want to give up.

So she began to grow deeper and firmer in the ground to become stronger and stronger. And really: your roots reached new water veins. The power of the water from the depths and the sun from the sky made it an extraordinarily strong palm, which could also carry the stone in the growth.

After many years the old Bedouin came back, he wanted to see the now crippled tree. He looked for her, but he did not find her. Then he saw a particularly tall palm, much larger than all the other palm trees, and in the crown she bore the stone.

And as she leaned in the wind, she seemed to say to him, "I must thank you! The burden has allowed me to grow beyond my weakness. "Behind every problem are often hidden solutions and opportunities that we just need to recognize and perceive in order to grow!
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Daphne Sheldrick - The Mother of the Elephants

In Africa there are horrible scenes every year. Tens of thousands of elephants are cruelly slaughtered, just to get their ivory. The poaching flourishes, because the trade with the tusks has never been so profitable. Especially in Asia ivory is considered a luxury product and is bought as a statutory symbol and financial investment. The population of the elephants is therefore strongly sinking, with no real hope for improvement. A brave woman in Kenya (Africa) fights for the survival of the Pachyderms: Daphne Sheldrick.

Daphne Sheldrick: "Elephants resemble human beings in an emotional way. They are extremely compassionate beings and feel joy, happiness and sadness"

Daphne Sheldrick was born on June 4, 1934, and grew up on a farm in Kenya with numerous game animals. Together with her husband, she later worked in the Tsavo-East National Park, the largest national park in Kenya. Together, they built up the park and took care of helpless animals. Especially orphaned elephant babies had done it to them and offered them a new home. For without their parents, who were mostly victims of brutal poachers, they had almost no survival. In no time they would starve or become prey of any predators.

Daphne Sheldrick: "Elephants harvest what they sow. If they are treated well, they reply with love. One is cruel to them, then with aggression. They react particularly sensitively to touch and can even feel the touch of a feather"

Since the elephant babies could not tolerate cow's milk as a substitute food, it was not possible to keep them alive for a long time. Daphne Sheldrick, however, did not let her get discouraged and researched until she had found a special milk mixture that the animals also adopted. Thus she succeeded in feeding even the smallest elephant back to vital food. After the death of her husband, Daphne moved Sheldrick directly into the National Park, where she founded a special elephant breeding station.

Daphne Sheldrick: "Young elephants are the first 3 years of their life dependent on milk and can not survive without it"

Daphne Sheldrick accompanies sad and traumatized elephant babies, who had to witness the shock of the loss of the family up close. Since elephants have a very distinctive sense of family and understanding of death, the mourning phase can last several months. During this time, they will be looked after by carers around the clock. Only with a lot of love and compassion the little elephants re-gain confidence and can then be slowly released again. Even elephants who have been raised for a long time come back again and again to greet the people who have helped them. Elephants never forget.

Daphne Sheldrick: "Elephants have a sense of responsibility, take care of their boys and have an understanding of injustice and fun. They have an almost mysterious apprehension that transcends human interpretation"

Today, the Elephant Swans House is the world's most successful rescue and recovery center for young elephants. Daphne Sheldrick is considered the "mother of elephants" and is internationally recognized as an absolute expert. Through her tireless commitment, she puts a worldwide exclamation mark against the poaching in the new entrance and created a new awareness for elephants in need. In 2006 she received a British Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II, the first time in Kenya since independence in 1963.

Daphne Sheldrick: "Corruption must stop, it is ubiquitous in Africa and worldwide ivory trade has to be banned. Elephants deserve to be lovingly treated "
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Sebastian Lucas: The way to his own pony

Sebastian Lucas, a horse-riding enthusiast, loved horses above all, which is why he wanted to have his own pony. This was his big dream, but the thing had a small hook. Sebastian Lucas was only 7 years old and he could not afford this expensive purchase. But he did not want to give up his dream and was not to be discouraged by critical voices of the adults either.

So Sebastian began to sell homemade lemonade to friends and family members. He wanted to show his parents how serious it was to him. Family festivals were a welcome opportunity to take cents a penny. For over two years Sebastian Lucas tirelessly fed his piggy bank, in addition he saved his entire Christmas money. In the end, he had saved a fortune of about 2,000 euros, which was a lot of money for a small boy but could not cover the cost of a pony.

The parents were enthusiastic about their son and his extraordinary perseverance. So they decided to pay the rest for a pony himself and to fulfill their greatest wish to their son. When Sebastian Lucas first saw the Welsh Mountain Pony named "Tom", he burst into tears. His greatest dream had just come true because he had always believed firmly in his goal.

We should never tell our children that they can not achieve something. When you work your heart with a full heart, your life will always open up ways and doors, even if we can not comprehend it with our minds. Just like with Sebastian Lucas, who always believed in his own pony with courage, perseverance and great dedication and could actually open the hearts of his parents.
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