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2003-Apr-10: Heather's England to Canada Video Chat

Today's Vancouver Sun reports on an inspirational video chat offered by Heather Mills McCartney to hundreds of Burnaby students.  Heather spoke via video link from Manchester, England, where Sir Paul was performing yesterday.  The British Columbia students listened to her from the auditoriums of Burnaby South secondary and Caribook Hill secondary.  Burnaby South often uses video-conferencing to introduce students to world issues and dynamic personalities.  Burnaby students in the international baccalaureate program are involved in a school campaign to raise awareness about land mines.   They are working to raise $1,000 with car washes and dances to help with mine clearing in Cambodia. Heather told the students that the cost of clearing mines is $1 per square meter and that the work is done on hands and knees.

Heather encouraged the youngsters to strive to make a difference in the world and to  ignore those who tells them they are dreamers:
"That's what I was told when I was young.  If I had listened to those people, we wouldn't have cleared hundreds of thousands of mines and saved lives."
Heather spent an hour chatting with the students and answering their questions.  Interestingly, she never mentioned Sir Paul by name, only referring to him once when she told the students how the media turned against her after she married "an icon."

Heather encouraged the students to be themselves and not to worry what others might think.  She also urged them to think of others and how they might improve the world saying:

"Having ambitions just for yourself doesn't make you happy."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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