Been a real hectic couple of weeks here. Last month Aki Ra got nominated as a CNN Top 10 Hero and things have started to take off.
CNN arrives next week to do some more filming. We'll be working at the Museum, in the mine field and around Siem Reap.
Then on the 16th of November Aki Ra and I travel to Los Angeles for the taping of the Tribute Show for 2010. It will be taped at the Shrine Auditorium and broadcast on Thanksgiving night at 8pm EST/PST on CNN.
This has been a real labor of love for me. I nominated Aki Ra, not really expecting him to be recognized. We've struggled for so long to get the Museum up and running, to get the demining team in the field, and to get people to recognize the problems that still exist...I just figured that my little submition would get shunted aside.
Then when he was chosen as one of the 25 to be featured on the website and promoted on TV I was just amazed.
At that point I really thought maybe we had a chance to tell the world about the work this guy and his friends are doing. When he made the 25, I felt confident he could make the 10.
Now it's up to you.
The 'winner' ( a really bad term) will be chosen by on-line voting. The winner last year got 2,500,000 votes.
You can vote for Aki Ra at: http://heroes.cnn.com/vote.aspx
And you can vote more than once.
Thank you CNN for recognizing my hero as one of your heroes.