We've Walked With Mike ... The National Cleanup Campaign of the Lebanese Shore and Underwater - OBBA May12, 2013
on May 12th, 2013, and after his walk for Bsharre’s mountain cedars, Michael decided to walk, at the heart of Beirut, for the Lebanese coast. Followed by a large group of people of all ages and backgrounds, and a significant number of public and notable figures, Mike walked from the iconographic ‘Raouche Rock’ to the seashore of ‘Ramle l Bayda.’ His goal was to raise awareness on the need to protect the marine ecosystem and the beach. The event was held with the help of Operation Big Blue, and collaboration of the Swiss Embassy for the inauguration of the national shore-cleaning day. And on that day, more than 4000 people joined hands to clean the shore extending from Sour to Tripoli. In his groundbreaking, and deeply moving, inspirational talk at the event, Michael called out to the youth of his beloved country in a speech that would remain alive in each and every one’s heart, ending it: “I promise you before the end of the day, you will forget that I have no legs. And if I, Michael Haddad, without legs am walking for the Lebanese beach… imagine what you, standing on your feet, could do.”
Event in Pictures
A five kilometer walk in the heart of the Lebanese capital Beirut, from Rouche to Ramlit El Bayda, advocating for marine ecosystems and the inauguration of the Lebanese national shore cleaning day in coordination with the Swiss Embassy in Lebanon.