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Maxim Laithwaite

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Today Val and Wafa talk about Maxim Laithwaite, a man who has just completed a two month, 1000 kilometre walking trip.

Maxim walked 1000 miles in the South West of England to raise awareness about the importance of water.

What was remarkable about his trip was that he did it alone and without any money or food from himself.

He achieved his goal to walk the 1000 kilometres by relying on the kindness of strangers.

Many people in the villages and towns he walked through offered him food and shelter for the night, and in the two months he spent travelling, Maxim told the BBC that he only had to sleep outdoors once, and that was in a church porch.

Maxim said that this experience taught him that there are three types of people.

The first type are people who will never help others.

The second type of people are those who will help others, but only if they manage to slow down in their busy lives to listen to people asking them for help.

The third type of people are very special and will help you before you even finish asking them for help! Maxim said that he met quite a few of these people in his two month journey.

He also said that his journey restored his faith in human nature and it was amazing to see so many kind people.

Do you have confidence in the kindness of strangers and why? Write to us in English!
هل يمكنك الاعتماد على عطف ومساعدة الغرباء لك في وقت الحاجة؟ لماذا؟ اكتب لنا بالإنجليزية

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

completed
أكمل
raise awareness
زيادة الوعي
remarkable
بارز ومهم
achieved
حقق
relying
يعتمد
kindness
عطف
strangers
غرباء
shelter
مأوى
church porch
شرفة الكنيسة
types
أنواع / أصناف
amazing
مدهش

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

I'd like to say "well done" Mr.Maxim Laithwaite; it was an amazing journey as you mentioned. But I suppose the most important thing was his classified of people according to their types and their intending to help each other; I think that was absolutely true and good luck with everything.
Hayder, Doha

I think for me, i would never ever go out for such a long walk without securing my food and drinks atleast, i think it was a big risk.
and also the good people doesn't really exist in this fast, selfish time.
Ahmad Saleh, Selangor, Malaysia

In Sudan most of Sudanese people exactly similar to third type (people who is gonna help you even you are not asking for help).
The way that’s Sudanese gonna show hospitality is very special, particularly in rural areas.
The demonstration of Maxim is very nice, and Iam pretty sure if did it in Sudan he will never sleep rough .
Hamid Abobaker, Khartoum

I cannot depend on the kindness of strangers when I need because today in our world there is a small number of kind people ,our world is very materialistic and all people are busy to get their needs , believe me it is not a dark image but it is a truth without any make up.
May, Amman

Nowadays i should be aware from strangers when asking for help that is because not all of them saying the truth.
However i may help peoples in special occasions if i feel they are really in need to help.
Ahmed Eid, Alexandria, Egypt

Although I do welcome helping others but I do not have the guts to ask strangers favor , maybe because I'm shy kind of or I'm self maid , or u can say I'm self maid because I'm shy. Actually just the feeling of possibility of being embarrassed is killing me.
Ahmed Mohammed Moustafa, Cairo

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