It’s time to take a break from the bad – make yourself comfy and get ready to read up on this week’s good news from the Olympics, as well as the well-loved Grandma Uber. Wonderful things still exist – Good News Sundays is your reminder.
Let’s get happy!
If you’ve been a little hesitant to jump on the bandwagon and start using Uber, maybe this will convince you. In Brisbane, Australia, 57-year-old Kathy became an Uber driver five months ago after an injury meant she had to quit work. She didn’t join just to make some spare cash, however – “My purpose here is to make sure the women of Brisbane get home safe,” says Kathy. Grandma Uber is gaining popularity, and is often fully booked. She provides homemade treats and chocolates, and takes selfies with her adoring customers.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 16, 2016
It’s easy to forget, but the true spirit of the Olympics doesn’t lie in winning gold and taking your place at the podium. Instead, the Olympics is about teamwork, sportsmanship and respect, and these two runners displayed those traits perfectly after a collision that ruined their chances of placing. Nikki Hamblin, from New Zealand, stepped poorly during the 5,000 metre race, taking down Abbey D’Agostino, from the US. Abbey didn’t waste any time in helping her fellow runner up, and assisting her so they could finish the race together. Nikki later praised Abbey’s sportsmanship, saying “that girl is the Olympic spirit.”
Tea Tree Gully in Adelaide, Australia is the home to a new, special coffee shop, staffed by 15 disadvantaged youth. The idea was created by Louise Nobes, a social worker in the area for 15 years, who wanted to create an environment for underprivileged young people to gain self-confidence and work skills. “I founded it with the core belief that all young people, no matter their life experiences, can achieve greatness,” said Louise. After the Adelaide launch, KIK Coffee is planning to open five more stores, all staffed by disadvantaged youth from the local area.
A free trip to the Olympics is something 100 children from Brazilian slums could only dream about, until Internet stars Jérôme Jarre and Juanpa Zurita got in touch with the organisation Casa Amerela, and made those dreams come true. Jérôme wrote on his Instagram, “I know this is very little when you compare it to their needs, but I believe the world changes every time someone does something small in benefit of others.”
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