Inspirational Ben Smith “the real-life Forrest Gump” Runs to raise LGBT awareness

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Ben has has been an inspiration

Meet Ben Smith, a 34 year old marathoner. Ben has done something phenomenal over the past year. He has run in various marathons to raise awareness for young people who are unfairly targeted by bullies for being LGBT. Ben himself is gay and was subject to rampant abuse during his school-going days. He attributes a mini-stroke he suffered at the age of 29 to the incessant bullying.

A friend challenged him to join a running club to help raise awareness about the predicament of young people who are subjected to homophobic stigmatization.

He realized that as well as improving his mental and physical stature, this exercise could raise awareness as well as much needed funds for foundations that support this cause.

His charities of choice are Stonewall and Kidscape.

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Ben running to support anti-bullying charities

So far he has run a staggering 10,506.2 miles since September 1, 2015 as part of his 401 marathons target. To put the sheer magnitude of that milestone into perspective, that distance is the equivalent of running from London to Sydney in Australia.

He is encouraging you to join him by signing up to #Marathon401 and join the more than 8000 people who have joined him on his journey.

“A key objective of The 401 Challenge has been to involve as many people as possible and create opportunities for children, young people and adults to discuss the difficult topics of bullying and sexuality.”

Smith has raised more than £160,000 so far but is still off his target of £250,000.

“I am proud of the amount of money we have raised so far for Kidscape and Stonewall and am fully confident we will raise the £250,000 we set out to achieve at the beginning of the challenge.”

You can join him and help him achieve his goal by running with him from October 2nd to October 9th and get awarded with a medal for your troubles.

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Ben with his partner

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Donald Trump – The text book definition of a demagogue

Can’t get more cliche than this really. The guy people are all talking about has played his cards close to his chest….until now. Things are seemingly getting out of hand and the Tea Party’s Machiavellian flag bearer was falling out with a section of his following but has taken measures to stop the rot. Donald Trump is xenophobic whether his followers believe this or not. But all the same, he is getting away with it every now and then. He shoots himself in the foot then does a sub-ten sprint. The poor judgement has been as spectacular as his ability to win the Republican nomination, swatting aside people who are more establishment-esque and more experienced.

Well, here it is, he dislikes “foreigners” who he believes perpetuate terrorism. He may deny this but building a wall to keep away the Mexicans is a figurative as well as literal gesture of how he views the whole immigration concept. Let us not forget that USA was built and continues to be built on the backs of the same minorities he berates. A very large number of people who are citizens became citizens because their grand parents or parents IMMIGRATED into the country. Whether they were Europeans, Asians or Africans, they are all foreigners.

Now a good number of conservatively inclined portion of the population perceives the immigrants as leeches who are conveniently in the country to take advantage of Welfare. Besides that, they believe that it is the immigrants who are at fault for the horrific acts of terrorism that are going on. Trump is appealing to this group. Other than the tough talking and grandstanding, he has not delineated a significant plan on how he will handle the background checks on people who are moving in. Needless to say, the checks will be skewed towards a people from certain parts of the world. If he is so strict on immigration and foreigners “pouring in” why not build his wall on the US-Canadian border. When he goes about banging on about immigration and the Mexican border, he seems to completely ignore the fact that guns are killing people on a daily basis. But Oh No! It is not terrorism if it is done by a Caucasian Male with “a mental health problem.” It isn’t terrorism if it is done by a white male and it is taken as a health problem. If it is done by someone with an Arabic name, it is terrorism and these Muslims need to be shipped back to wherever they came from.

Then he goes on to say that he will increase the military budget to defend the country from “the increasing threat from outside.” He is convincing gullible people that offense is the best defense but the budget is already significantly higher than any other nation in the world not to mention the infrastructure and nuclear war heads in their possession dwarfs other countries’.

One veteran, during the recent meet-up between military veterans and presidential aspirants, claimed that while Hillary Clinton was queried on the emails, Trump got away with making conflicting claims and didn’t really outline any plans to make the lives of the veterans better. He may make it to the White House but, no offense, he is not fit for office. It is a high stakes job that needs someone a bit more diplomatic. Maybe this tough guy act is all about securing the Oval Office, which Trump plans to ditch and be more diplomatic. But anyway, at the moment, he is acting like a demagogue.