Western Union Philippines is launching the “Heroes for Better” Global Tribute and Advocacy for Filipinos in celebration of its 25th anniversary. This is an advocacy about ordinary Filipinos who were able to achieve extraordinary things through their small acts of giving and heroism. It celebrates the stories of the likes of Eddie Vega, “The Barefoot Bandito,” known for setting the world record for most marathons run on bare feet.
His name is Eddie Vega, and to many marathon enthusiasts, his name is a legend. And for good reason. He holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Barefoot Marathon Runs in One Year” after completing 101 marathons held between January 1 to December 31, 2014, in various organized races in the US, Japan and the Philippines. He ran all of them completely barefoot.
Yet it is his reason for doing so that inspires and dares you to walk barefoot, even for a fleeting moment. He walks without footwear to make you aware that some 300 million children across the globe walk barefoot every day because they cannot afford to buy shoes. Their poverty is what moves him to walk and run this way. (Read the rest of his story from Heroes for Better)
In line with this advocacy, Western Union will be honoring 25 Heroes for Better, from around the world, with inspiring and interesting stories to tell. Their acts of giving can fall under, but not to be limited to, any of these categories:
- Livelihood and entrepreneurship
- Science and technology
- Promoting security and safety
- Protecting and upholding human rights (i.e. Women, elderly, children)
- Culture, arts and sports
- Environmental protection
- Migrant causes
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For more information about this campaign, visit wuheroesforbetter.org.