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Read How Billionaire Inspired Bill Gates & Warren Buffet By Doing The Unthinkable: Giving Away His Entire Fortune

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In 1982, at a time finances of people were not quite high, and most spent money on frivolities, a wealthy businessman secretly established a philanthropic foundation.

His dream? To quietly dash away his entire wealth. It’s been 38 years and now he has accomplished his mission at age 89.

Chuck Feeney became wealthy engaging in duty-free shipping trade, accumulating about $8 billion in the process.

Being an Irish-American, he was careful with his spending and was also humble irrespective of his wealth. Surprising is the fact that he doesn’t have a car and lives in a small rented house. Also, he only flies economy class and while many might expect him to have a large collection of shoes, he owns only a pair. Shocking.

Feeney being rich, had to keep his charitable missions in secrecy from the public for about 15 years not until in 1997 when his philanthropic activities became public knowledge when he sold his shares.

Feeney would go on to live a quiet life till 2005 when the chance came to harness his publicity.

He agreed with a journalist, Conor O’Cleary to write his biography, mainly preaching the message of “giving while living” as an example to other wealthy people. The book was launched in 2007 by former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern.

News however emerged this week that his foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies has expended all available money.

Feeney was however glad on finally achieving this feat. With this in mind, he persuaded wealthy people to give; now they’re still alive to feel that joy that comes with giving.

Speaking to the Guardian on what propelled his kindness, the business mogul said “Wealth brings responsibility. People must define themselves, or feel a responsibility to use some of their assets to improve the lives of their fellow humans, or else create intractable problems for future generations.”

Much of Feeney’s donations went to higher education institutions, with about $1 billion given to Cornell University alone, the school he studied for free under the GI Bill after serving in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Other organizations Feeney’s wealth went to included various human rights groups whom he donated $870 million and $1.9 billion to assist several projects in Northern Ireland and the Republic Ireland, where he helped establish the University of Limerick.

Feeney’s grandparents were natives of County Fermanagh in the north who settled in America.

Motivated by Feeney’s exemplary actions, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett set up the “Giving Pledge” for the world’s wealthiest people.

People who take this pledge consent to donating about half of their fortune to charity. Buffet particularly had much respect for his friend’s actions, saying “Feeney is my hero and Bill Gates’ hero—he should be everybody’s hero”.

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Cleaning Out The Attic? Look To See If You Have These Valuable Items

Sarrah M

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Most households in the U.S. have a collection of stuff that’s been bought over the years, whether it’s music, clothing, toys or books and just about everything else. However, something happens after an item reaches 30 years from when it was first sold. A couple of those products actually become extremely valuable. Call it nostalgia or collectability or plain old silliness, Americans have a serious connection to their past with things, and this list of valuable throwaways proves the case. You might even find one or two you had yourself growing up.

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Honest Man Bikes 3 miles to Return Lost Wallet

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Losing a wallet can be absolutely anxiety-ridden and frustrating. Most people don’t realize their wallet is gone until long after it has been lost, usually hours after the fact. By then, the imagine, every credit card in the wallet has been used and they will be lucky to head off the damage if they can get a hold of their financial accounts services beforehand. However, for one mother in Hawaii, that was not the case. Instead, her wallet was personally returned to her.

Chloe Marino was a having a typical challenging day, trying to manage her 5-month old as well as get groceries in a hurry when she was at her local market in Kahului. The Foodland grocery provides their shoppers grocery carts like most markets, and Chloe had stuffed hers in the cart as she was loading food and goods to purchase and take home. Unfortunately, while she was unloading the cart to her car, she forgot her wallet in the process. However, the sharp eye of the local security guard, Aina Townsend, saved the day.

Townsend happened to see the wallet in the shopping cart left behind before anyone was able grab it. He protected it until his workday was over, and then he got on his bike. The wallet had Chloe’s information and home address, and he knew where the location was based on her data. So, traveling on his personal bike, he covered 3 miles to get to her home. He knew what it was like to lose a wallet himself, so Townsend wanted to make sure this one got back to its owner safe and sound. As he told the news later on, it just felt like the right thing to do.

When Chloe and her husband answered the door and realized what Townsend had done for them, they were floored. The effort in travel and just making sure everything was protected completely surprised them. Chloe still had no idea her wallet had been missing earlier in the day until Townsend showed up and handed it back to her. She had never met him before, had no connection to the security guard, and has noted repeatedly how Townsend went more than the extra mile for a total stranger.

Chloe’s husband, Gray, was so moved by it, he put the story on Facebook, giving full credit to Townsend for his bike ride and how it embodied an Aloha spirit Hawaiians espouse as an ideal. The local community was so amazed and impressed by Townsend’s efforts and behavior, they triggered a GoFundMe account to give the young guard a really big Christmas present, a car of his own. Townsend was completely humbled by the efforts and the fund drive. For him, a car would be like scoring the big winning touchdown at the Super Bowl. Beyond just transportation for himself, a car would mean wheels to help is family out as well. Yet even with all the thanks, Townsend’s humility still comes through. He doesn’t believe he did anything special aside from just doing right by the owner of the wallet getting it back to her safe and sound.

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One Twin Went To Space For a Year, When He Came Back The Changes Were Compelling

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Science loves twins. The ability to take one twin as a placebo and the other as the change factor works incredibly well since the twins are practically identical physically. No surprise, science goes bananas studying all the differences that can occur. That’s what happened with the Kelly twins, when Scott and Mark both became astronauts. Scientists decided to send one into space to study what physical changes happened — they were not disappointed with their findings…

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Dominique Rousselle: A Guardian Angel for Thai Stray Dogs

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Dominique Rousselle, a Canadian tourist, travels to Thailand to help stray dogs. Rousselle rides his green bicycle through Rama IV Road and small alleys to feed stray dogs. He carries two large bags of dog food on his bicycle to feed Thai Strays in the Lumpini Park area. 

People who do not know Rousselle or have not seen him before often see him as a tourist who loves feeding homeless dogs. However, for those who live in the Lumpini Park area and near Rama IV Road think of him as a guardian angel for dogs. Most people also call him the leader of the pack. 

According to Sunee Saetae, a housewife who lives near Rama IV Road said that Rousselle is a compassionate man. His love for homeless dogs is unprecedented – said Saetae.  She has also been taking care of stray dogs for nearly two decades – and had never seen a foreigner so dedicated and devoted to caring for animals. 

Who is Dominque Rousselle? 

Dominque Rousselle was born in 1957 in Paris, France. He moved to Toronto with his mother around in 1995. He is 63 years old retired teacher who travels to Thailand every year for one month to shelter and feed stray dogs. 

Although he is a Canadian citizen, he loves dogs and takes care of them. He has volunteered for the Toronto Human Society in Canada where he provides shelter to sick dogs. In simple words, he helps find dogs a new home. In Thailand, he works as a volunteer to help stray dogs and educate people to take care of homeless dogs. 

Rousselle is caring for Thai dogs for a decade now. He started rescuing dogs in Toronto and provided them with shelter and food. Over time, his love, fondness, and compassion for stray dogs grew, and that’s why he devotes his free time to help abandoned dogs. 

Rousselle Pays from His own Pocket 

For nearly a decade, Dominique Rousselle has been spending money from his own pocket to help poor dogs. He would even pay for the food, medicine, and other essential when he would bring dogs to the organization where he volunteered.

In Thailand, people often see him bringing chicken and cutting it into smaller pieces to feed hungry stray dogs. He takes care of dogs in bad condition, but most often, he realizes that feeding is not enough. That’s why he also buys medicine for dogs to treat their health conditions. Rousselle said that he treats at least 40 dogs daily. 

Dogs are in better health when they receive primary care. Rousselle takes sick dogs to the veterinarian, buys medicine, and other stuff from his own pocket. If a dog needs proper treatment, he takes it to Sukhumvit Veterinarians, a dog clinic located on Sukhumvit SOI 51. 

Moreover, Rousselle pays around $270 that equates 10,000 baht for the stray dogs to travel with him on the plane. Rousselle said that he spends $5,000 on each trip to Thailand to shelter, feed, and neuter, and treat stray dogs. 

Final Words 

Taking care of dogs and other animals is a great act, and everyone needs to learn from Dominique Rousselle who at the age of 63 pays from his own pocket to shelter, feed, and treat stray dogs in Thailand. Rousselle is indeed an inspiration for all those who love animals, but ignore these poor animals when they need them the most. 

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Indian School Charges Students in Plastic for Education

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Plastic is a harmful material to human health and ecosystem wellbeing. Human bodies absorb chemicals added to plastic products, and some of these toxic compounds can cause hormonal changes, leading to potential health effects. Marine animals often ingest plastic debris that can injure or poison them. 

The UV rays of the sun and burning cause the plastic to release several greenhouse gases, leading to global warming and climate change. As a result, the earth gets is getting hotter every day because of human practices. Research shows that plastic waste breaks down into ethylene and methane, which increase the rate of global warming. 

While many countries are making substantial efforts to save the planet, Akshar, an untraditional school in Assam, India charges student in a plastic waste instead of money for education. 

The Incredible Story of Akshar

According to Mazin Mukhtar, the co-founder of Akshar, the idea was developed by him and his wife. The couple had dreamed about starting a new kind of educational institution for children in poverty. 

Mukhtar said that most parents were not cooperating with him when he first started a recycling center in the school. That’s why he came up with the idea of “Plastic School Fees” to encourage parents and children to recycle. 

The school was providing free education to poor children before Mukhtar came up with the recycling policy. Mukhtar said that recycling plastic is like mandatory homework than fees. However, he calls it plastic fees to remind the parents. 

Although education is free, Mukhtar wants parents of students to help clean, dry plastic waste from their homes. The purpose is to reduce the intensity of plastic waste and lower the damage caused by it. Mukhtar is making efforts to aware students and parents of global warming and climate change. 

The school likewise teaches students and parents about the adverse effects of plastic waste. Many households used to burn plastic material to warm their homes – said Parmita. After the school started educating students and parents, they were shocked to learn about the harmful effects of plastic and how it affected their health. 

Besides working in the recycling center of the school, children learn Science, English, and Math. However, the secondary school curriculum also incorporates photography, carpentry, embroidery, and solar technician course. Mukhtar said that the school is focusing on developing career-based curriculums that will help the poor students find jobs or start businesses. 

Final Words 

Akshar is a school in Assam, India, and it has got admiration from all over India and other countries. The school’s focus on recycling plastic waste has grabbed the attention of numerous environmental enthusiasts who are now willing to help the school financially. 

Every student brings around 20-25 pieces of plastic waste a week as their contribution to the ecosystem and the local community. Students are now earning money in school by educating smaller children about recycling plastic waste and by working in the recycling center. 

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