Michael Haddad is a young Lebanese who lost control of 75% of his body after a jet-ski accident 26 years ago and stays standing up with his two crutches and a 15-kilogram steel exoskeleton. Despite all that, he has already succeeded in walking 19 kilometers between the Cedars of Bcharre and the Cedars of Tannourine and now wants to climb to the top of the Raouche Rock on June 8 which happens to be World Oceans Day.
Michael is a great guy and an inspiration to us all. Let’s wish him the best of luck!
Pope Francis was in Amman yesterday and held a mass which was attended by around 20,000 people. I happened to be there and I noticed a lot of Lebanese have made trip to see the pope. I was told between 2000 and 3000 Lebanese were expected to come but I’d say they were in the hundreds.
Ever since I was an AUB student, I enjoyed going to the AUB outdoors as it’s a lot of fun and it’s great walking around the AUB campus and meeting with your old buddies. This year’s theme is “Take me to New York” and looks like a lot of fun. There’s Nemr Abou Nassar, Comedy Night, VRL live, my good friend Gino hosting the event and Who Killed Bruce Lee and Meen entertaining the crowds with their awesome music.
AUB Outdoors are taking place on May 24th and 25th from 10 Am to 10 PM. Check out more details [Here].
I don’t usually post about fashion shows but this one is a different one as it doesn’t only showcase the work of young talented Lebanese but also uses the collective funds of the event in order to benefit the Lebanese society”. In fact, the funds collected from this fashion show will be donated to Basmeh and Zeitooneh, an NGO aimed at helping under-privileged people of all nationalities across camps in Lebanon.
If you wish to know more about Lezem, check their FB page [Here].
The Green Party Of Lebanon is organizing on Sunday the 18th of May a guided hiking tour with fire fighting demonstration in order to raise money for the reforestation after the huge fire last week. You can check out more about the event [here].
I am glad the Green Party has decided to organize this event but I wish they’d take some pro-active measures and start initiatives to safeguard whatever is left of our forests in Lebanon.
I proudly took part in the Beirut Women Race last Sunday and ran the 5K in support of women and their rights in Lebanon. Almost 10,000 attended the event running for fun, for women and for official causes making it a successful and joyful one.
Here are some of the inspiring stories that happened on that day and are worth mentioning:
The winner of the 10k race was Aregu Abate with a new course record at 41:06. For those of you who are not familiar with Aregu, she’s not a professional athlete coming from abroad to participate, but instead a housekeeper who works in Beirut for the awesome blogger Sietske. Aregu ran for “all the nannies, housemaids and cleaning ladies, showing that change is possible”. I’d like to meet her and Sietske one day because their story is quite an amazing and inspiring one! Read it all [Here].
One of the participants Rita, who’s on wheels, was assisted by her blind friend Liliane and they both completed the 10k.
Another participant finished the whole 10k barefoot. I honestly don’t know how she managed that as it was very hot.
One of the most inspiring stories from this race was Zena Mhanna’s, as she was running over all “that is dark and negative and painful in her life”. I’ve read her story like 3 times and cannot but admire this girl for her strength and courage. I hope she won’t have to face any difficulties or tragedies in her life anymore and wish her all the best!
Check out other awesome stories on Beirut Marathon’s website [Here].
On a last note, MARCH performed a great stunt to raise awareness on violence against women that I posted about a couple of days ago.
PS: Pictures that aren’t mine were taken from Beirut Marathon’s Facebook Page.
I was invited to join a discussion panel tomorrow on Bloggers and Brands and how they should interact as part of the Bifex 2014. I will be joined by fellow bloggers and my good friends Darine the moderator, Mustapha from BeirutSpring and LebaneseBlogs, Lana from L’armoire de Lana, Rita from Android.AppStorm and Anthony from NoGarlicNoOnion.
If you are going to the Bifex tomorrow, make sure to stay for the bloggers’ panel.
The Baalbeck Festival was held in Jdeideh last year for security concerns. It was the first time in 15 years that the International Festival was held outside the city’s ancient ruins. However, Nayla de Freige, President of Baalbeck International Festival’s executive committee, told Executive that they are hoping to bring back the festival to Baalbeck this year.
I’ve been to Baalbeck a couple of years ago and to be honest, something needs to be done around the ancient ruins and in the city to attract the tourists. There’s absolutely nothing you can do there except attend the festival.
The 2014 Program for the Baalbeck Festival wasn’t announced yet.
They have a couple of good songs but I wouldn’t go watch them live to be honest. [Tickets]