Pushcart educator named CNN Hero of the Year , this is the headline in cnn.com today, Efren PeÃ±aflorida won the CNN Hero of the Year award. As a Filipino I am proud of You. May you continue to do your objective in helping those street children.
Efren PeÃ±aflorida gives Filipino youth an alternative to gang membership through education. His Dynamic Teen Company’s 10,000 members have taught basic reading and writing to 1,500 kids living in the slums.
Here is his speech :
“Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry,” PeÃ±aflorida said upon accepting the honor. “Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need.
“So to each and every person inside in this theater and for those who are watching at home, the hero in you is waiting to be unleashed. Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell to my co-volunteers … you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be.”
Mabuhay ang Pinoy !!!