I, like many others I am sure, saw the ‘Google Doodle’ this morning and wondered who on earth Mary Seacole was?
Well you can read all about Mary Seacole here and discover that not everyone think she is a hero at all. In fact, as I read the article, it seems the only reason some people think she is not a hero is because she did not go the official route.
But isn’t that what heroes do I wonder?
We can all be heroes I believe but almost invariably it requires going off piste so to speak. Or another way to put it…
Go out of our way.
Do whatever action we are feeling compelled to do – whatever the cost to ourselves.
So in this celebrity-crazed, fashion-focussed, tech-driven day to day existence we live in, it is the ones and twos – often far from regulation, unqualified, maybe even maverick characters who tend to step up and make a difference.
I know of one such person – a single mother in my local church – who watched with horror as the events in Syria first unfolded about three years ago. I’m sure she had a lot on her plate already but chose to do something, anything to help those who literally have nothing on their plate. She decided to organise a collection of clothes for the bitter winter in Syria. She filled a lorry load two and a half weeks earlier than she planned. Since then, she has sent off more than twenty three other lorries. And she keeps on sending them.
Her name is Samara and you can read about this modern day hero, and perhaps even make a donation. Check out the website Samara’s Aid Appeal.
Even better, find out today how you can be a hero to others.