Heroes of the Week: Gabriel and Richard Clarkie

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

Twelve-year-old Gabriel Clarkie, of England, loves to make wooden bowls. His father, Richard, says he spends hours mastering his craft. One day, he posted a video of his son doing the woodwork on a new bowl to see if anyone was interested in buying some. At the time, Gabriel was trying to make enough money to buy a bicycle.

Well, Richard’s Instagram went from six followers to 227 thousand in just two days! Over 20 thousand requests came in for wooden bowls. So, they came up with an idea. Gabriel would sell just one bowl, and it would be given out in a lottery. To enter, you had to donate to Save The Children of Ukraine through the link on Gabriel’s page.

Celebrities like JK Rowling and Stephen Fry saw the post and shared it, causing “Gabriel’s Bowl” to go viral and raise 325 thousand dollars for the children of Ukraine.  And, yes, that one bowl went out to a lucky winner!

Learn more about this story as covered by The Good News Network.

Kix’s Response:

Gabriel and his father Richard, you guys are this week’s ACC Heroes… What a way to make a difference in the lives of so many children! I sure hope you got a bike out of all that, too, pal!

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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