Young 10 yr old Australian boy and his 8 yr old brother Walk for Yemeni Boy



Iona Craig, an English Freelance Journalist based in San’a wrote a post on her blog about Saleem Al-Harazi, a 12 yr-old that was shot on March 18th, 2011 during the  revolution in Yemen. Fortunately, Saleem survived, but doctors had to remove his eyes leaving him permanently blind.

Iona’s post about 12 yr-old Saleem was very heartbreaking to read. Recently, Iona Craig posted a public Facebook status, “The father of a young boy in Australia emailed me today. His son [Jylon Grandy] read Saleem’s story and was so upset he wanted to try and so something for him. Next Sunday, a 10 yr old boy [Jylon Grandy] in Victoria, Australia will be doing a walkathon to raise money for 12 year-old boy in Yemen.”

When reading her status at the time, my initial thoughts were, “Wow, a 10 year old boy cares about a 12 year old kid who he doesn’t even know in another country…that’s beautiful.” Iona then told me that she just found out that Jylon’s younger 8 year-old brother will be walking in his older brothers walkathon to raise money for Saleem! How touching! Both brothers will be walking 6 Kilometers (3.7 miles) to raise money for an MP3 player with a voice over in Arabic, audio books and other listening materials that Saleem can listen to from the MP3 player. Jylon will also buy other gifts for Saleem Al-Harazi.

I find this story VERY inspiring and both Jylon and Saleem’s story must be spread to other people, which is why I’m writing this post. It’s amazing to see the way a young Australian boy took action and decided to help Saleem through a walkathon. 3.7 miles for a 10 year old is challenging and even more challenging for his 8 year old brother. If you are inspired by Jylon’s story, please visit the GoFundMe fundraising page to donate for this cause. If you aren’t able to donate, please share the link so others can read about it.


Thank you



About Summer Nasser
Blogger, with Yemeni roots based in New York City. Student of Sociology (B.A.) with a focus on the country of Yemen. I would consider myself a student of knowledge.

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