March highlights: TedxWarwick
Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to win a free ticket to the TedxWarwick conference which took place in the Butterworth Hall – a super large venue inside Warwick Arts Centre. The day was filled with 8 hours of Ted Talks from an array of speakers who came in from all over the country. The conference was called ‘Breaking Boundaries’ and from the moment it started, it was easy to see why. Each speaker came with their unique, and sometimes strange, inspirational stories. All of these stories outlined the journeys they took to arrive at the destination they are at now, and it showed the amazing progress they made from when they first began their journeys. The conference taught me that the Hannah Montana lyric ‘life is what you make it’ is so true; it was clear that success for these people was just reaching a point where you are content with what you are doing, and defined by you. I can write so much about so many of the speakers, but for now I’ll just talk about some of my favourite Ted talks of the day.
My favourite speaker was a woman who has dedicated her life to helping those who could not help themselves. Her name is Marguerite Barankitse, also known as the ‘Angel of Burundi’ and she opened a childrens’ shelter during the Burundi Civil War. In the face of such a brutal war and seeing people murdered before her own eyes, she took 25 children in as her own. Since then, she has been opening more children’s shelters in different countries and has helped an estimated 20,000 children altogether. Her courage, story and spirit was inspiring.
Another speaker who caught my eye was Miles Hilton-Barber; a British adventurer who, despite being blind, undertakes a variety of expeditions all over the world to raise awareness and money for charity organisations. He really emphasised to the audience that we can do anything we want if we try hard enough to get it. Miles fulfilled all of his dreams and more despite his condition, making it completely doable for anyone else to get past their circumstances and believe they can do it.
It was truly an unforgettable day, I strongly recommend getting involved at the next event as you are bound to leave inspired.