It’s time once again to finish off the week on a high note. This week’s Good News Sundays features an amazing man creating community gardens for the needy and an incredibly important study into the behaviour of cats (spoiler alert: they’re not as demonic as once thought). Settle yourselves in, lads and ladies!
Let’s get happy!
A group of four cyclists in Perth, Australia recently completed a 202 kilometre ride that was meticulously planned out. Using a tracking app called Strava, the team of four (called Fight Club) mapped out their 8-hour ride… which, upon completion, formed the shape of a goat. The route is available for download online if you feel so inclined as to recreate the trip. So why a goat? “Goats are badass and they’re an easy animal to draw in profile,” said Fight Club member Ben Jones. Can’t argue with that, really.
I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this might be the most important news you’ll hear all week. Maybe all month. A study has been conducted on cats which shows that they’re not quite the cruel, heartless creatures we think they are. The study had 50 cats from different backgrounds sit in a room with absolutely no stimuli for a few hours. Afterwards, they were presented with a human companion, food and toys. Almost overwhelmingly, the cats chose to get cuddles and love over food and toys. There is joy in the world after all.
Remember the name Katie Blomquist, because she’s about to be your new hero. She’s an elementary school teacher in South Carolina, and she discovered that many of the students at school didn’t have a bike because their parents couldn’t afford one. This inspired Katie to start an internet fundraiser that saw her raise $80,000 in just three months (including a donation from comedian Steve Harvey). The bicycles were presented to the kids on a Thursday morning, and the children were understandably thrilled. You can check out the video below!
In Guatemala, 75% of residents live below the poverty line. This means they struggle to get a proper education, and most children grow up not being able to read or write. A group called Reading Village is changing that statistic by giving teenagers an education and encouraging them to become teachers, too. Now, 40% of teens taught by Reading Village go on to take a teaching degree at university, which, in turn, raises the family income by a whopping 98%.
David Young moved to New Orleans in 2010 and founded Capstone Community Gardens, a volunteer-run organisation that aims to not only support low-income families, but to save the honeybees while he’s at it. Over 30 lots that were abandoned after Hurricane Katrina have been turned into blossoming community gardens that are accessible to anyone for free. If there’s a house infested with bees, the owners can call David and he’ll show up like a modern day Ghostbuster with a special vacuum that sucks up the bees. They’re then transported, along with their hives, to his gardens to pollinate the plants. If you want to get involved, head to www.capstone118.org to find out more!
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