Good News Monday: Week Ten

Good News Monday is an online bulletin of Rotaract Club Madrid Capital whose purpose is sharing good news from Madrid and elsewhere in these challenging times. We have teamed up to share positivity all over our MDIO and beyond. Here are the highlights of the week between June 1 and 5.

Top three of the week

  1. When the pandemic takes 75 years of history… for good

Source: El País

Spain’s beloved chocolate powder, Cola Cao, modified a portion of its recognizable packaging for the first time since 1945 to honor the elderly, children, and essential workers of the pandemic.


  1. You are never too young to plan and launch a prom

Source: ABC 11

A 7-year-old boy in North Carolina showed his babysitter how much she really meant to him by hosting a private prom just for her.

According to sources, it occurred to him to celebrate this dance, always respecting social distance, after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the celebration of the young woman’s graduation.

Curtis Rogers went two months without seeing her babysitter, Rachel Chapman, due to the coronavirus, ABC 11 reports. Rogers described Chapman as “one of the best people I’ve ever met” and it definitely shows.

The boy’s mother, Elissa, told ABC 11: “He was very excited and wanted to make sure everything was okay and put on the suit and choose his bowtie that matched his dress. It was very cute. He was really excited and made sure he was ready to impress her. “

  1. Anonymous donors pay millions of student debt for 400 low-income college graduates

Source: Good News Network

Unidentified benefactors paid off the debt by donating more than $ 8 million to Students Rising Above (SRA), a California-based non-profit organization that helps send low-income, first-generation college students through college and provides them with personal guidance, internships and career guidance.

Humans of New York

“Dad had been waiting for a heart transplant for three months, but he finally got so sick that he was removed from the waiting list. Mom wanted to spend a final night with him in the hospital. But she didn’t want me to go home alone. So I think I was worried about finding a place to stay. There must have been a notice on the church’s email list, because a group of people was coming to the hospital to say goodbye.

One of them was a red-haired woman named Sandy. I didn’t know her well. I knew you were married to the deacon who talks a lot. But I think she felt she needed help, because she came up to me and asked ‘Do you have somewhere to go tonight?’ When I said ‘not really,’ she said ‘You come with me.’ He hadn’t eaten all day, so he took me to Sonic and brought me a grilled cheese sandwich. She asked me how I was feeling and about my plans for the future. He told me to write down everything I could remember about my last conversation with my dad. When we returned to her house, she let me sleep in her daughter’s room.


The next morning he took me back to the hospital. My whole family got together, we prayed, we sang songs and we let my dad go. Sandy kept all of that. Then two days later he took me canoeing on July 4.

We saw fireworks together from the lake. Over the next few weeks, Sandy began to build bonfires at her home. He invited all the church members who had recently lost someone. You could talk about what you wanted. And leave when you get tired. But they were comforting. At some point, I received a text message from Sandy’s son. I was at the Naval Academy, but he sent me a short note saying ‘I am so sorry for your father and I pray for you.’ One year of conversation and three years of long-distance later, we were married. On the night of our engagement, Sandy gave me a pearl necklace. She said: ‘All the women in my family receive a necklace of pearls when they turn sixteen. Around the age, I met you. And I never told you, because I didn’t want to push things. But I knew you were perfect for my son. And I always hoped you were my daughter.”

Hero of the week

Julio García Hernández’ small digital manufacturing company CtrlX has produced, with the means available to them, 7,500 COVID-19 protection masks that they have donated, in coordination with other people and organizations, to professionals who lacked this type of protection (health field, residential workers, police, etc.).

What makes you happy?

Contributing positive things to everyone. Trying to avoid problems or trying to solve them if they cannot be avoided.

What is one of your hobbies?

My favourite hobby, without any doubts, is sport. I love football and cycling. I’ve also developed a passion for motorcycling.

A fun fact about you?

I’m left-handed, born in a leap year and fan of Atlético de Madrid.

If you had a microphone that could reach every person on the planet, what kind of message would you send?

Be brave and take advantage of life trying to sow good things. Let them leave a valuable legacy for someone.

Instagram: @jghml

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