Funny Colin Firth Reveals He Loved Watching His Children Playing While On His Morning Bike Ride

Funny Colin Firth Reveals He Loved Watching His Children Playing While On His Morning Bike Ride

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[Music] [Laughter] my children's well-being
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she actually brings a delightful vigor and energy to what she does she handles the extrordinary dignity and instead shares her story willing to listen so we're not here tonight kind of change the world I just want to change the world for 20 children who are right now wasting away in Bulgaria's social care system they survive under really grim conditions and their existence is
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monotony it's horrible horrible but not me 24 hours a day the worst part is that they live without affection without stimulation and without love they have nobody who loves really nobody who even knows their name and I think that's a disgrace it's difficult there we go so I saw this photo four years ago in a Grazia magazine which is not where I get my news but I was looking I just it was
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there and something kind of snapped inside of the enemy probably as a mother and the article that went along with it - sort of telling about how pathetic their lives are and I know that we're all used to seeing images of suffering because it's often in the news it's in the newspaper but this one really got me probably in part because my mother and my grandmother were both born in Bulgaria and also because Bulgaria is very close to where we are it's actually
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it's going to get there in two hours two and a half hours and it's a vacation spot for a lot of people specifically even people Brits maybe some of you guys have been to Bulgaria and it's an EU country which makes it that much more shocking so I just thought to myself well it's not dangerous it's not too far away I'm not gonna be putting myself in jeopardy by going there I see these kids and I think they need me you know they need they need me so
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I went I just went Akita Bulgaria and I work to try to figure out someone that could take me to the children and it was not as easy as I hoped it would be because most organizations wanted money they just said you know write a check and I said well I probably could I could probably raise money but I need to see for sure what they need before I start asking my friends and my family to help me so my first visit was about which was about three and a half years ago and it
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was horrific I've known at some time now I didn't really grasp what she'd seen on these trips until she shared with me what I'm just about to share with you which is you know you'll already have an idea of it from what you've heard this evening but this is a an entry into her journal on the occasion of her her first visit to Clemens after weeks of dreading what
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I would witness at Pleven I'm actually holding myself together an hour into my visit I'm resigned to the fact that this is a horrible grim sad place full of pain and plenty of suffering this floor after floor wing after we rome after rome and cotton after cot of very small children and babies
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it is almost silent save for the occasional moan bang of the head being hit repeatedly against the bars of a cot or creak of a mattress as a child drops himself back and forth back and forth in an effort to relieve the monotony of nothing the silence is occasionally shattered by the sporadic desperate screech of a newborn the only occupants of Pleven I've not been here long enough
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to realize that there is no point I'm wet I'm hungry and frightened I want my mother this week but they will soon learn within a day or two that nobody cares and nobody will come and they too will give up trying I know it already and I've only been here for an hour this sea of mostly silent and
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still children I've never had even they're both most basic needs met they lie on dirty coughs with soaking nappies and clothes hungry and for the most part deprived of anything even remotely resembling kindness they have absolutely no stimulation of any kind most of them no longer seem to seek out human touch but rather flesh clench and grind their rotted rows of double teeth going rigid as I lift their emaciated
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bodies from their cots and hold them in my arms one or two of them do after a few minutes in my arms relax sink into my embrace or actually hold on my heart is beginning to crack I'm sweating and breathing only through my mouth to avoid the stench I'm doing okay I'm holding it together until I lean down to read the information card on the
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cot at the child in my arms I can't tell if the child is a boy or a girl because like all the others the hair is cut short in the clothes a neutral this child is tiny not more than 10 pounds its child is terribly small for the two-year-old I imagined it to be but suddenly I'm anything but okay because according to the tag on her card she is almost ten years old as that fact
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registers I'm falling apart I can't breathe I process the horror that is this child's existence now I'm suddenly overcome by the feeling that there is absolutely no none at all I'm unbearably sad overcome by all the emotions I was fearing all along I'm clinging to the child and crying I know there is no hope
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for any of them no hope I hear something from the corridor voices laughter chatter they're buzzing and shuffling and smiling as they enter the room smiling as they filter in and fan out towards the children I watch the children relax react breathe this they feel the familiar touch hear the familiar voice of their Baba the Baba's speak their names reach for them smile
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at them lift them from their cars they undress them wash them be dressed them one by one and carry them proudly from the world I'm stunned confused elated in this world there is a bubble for each child including the one I'm still clutching she is patiently watching me stocky gray-haired smiling she reaches for the child in my arms I watched her fasts over this wasted emaciated
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contorted little bee and finally carry her from the room where this child spends every single other hour of every single day of her unimaginably horrible life suddenly something else clicks two hours a day five days a week is not a lot of time for many of these children it will not be enough to improve their chances of a normal life or in some cases you can save their lives it will
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however relieve their agony if only for ten hours per week because for those ten hours there will be someone they will be recognized and touched with kindness and spoken to for those ten hours a week they will matter they will matter to their father and the barber program with we're supporting tonight we hire local mature women to sort of granny types and they come in
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and they commit to a year with a child and they spend five days a week just two hours a day with these children they come in and they they just mother them they granny them they bath them they sing to them they take them outside they take them out of their cots where they spend the rest of their lives and these pictures sort of show that you know these are these guys these are there in the cops that's it that's what they have they don't come out of there so Baba's company they do that occasionally people ask me why Moore is not being done to
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change the system or what what we can do to change the laws and close the institutions I totally support all that I think that is incredibly important but it's not my strength and there are a lot of people working towards that and I support it wholeheartedly I think that's fantastic but in the mean time these guys are suffering they're dying today they're sitting in those cuts all day long it's I just want to make their today okay and I want to hopefully keep
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them alive until the institutions are closed and there is a better solution for them so finally I saw there's there's a little girl hopefully there she is this is this is Veronica and Veronica is actually 10 years old and this is a photograph of her with her adoptive mother she's been in our program for almost four years and when I
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met her she looked like she was going to die and that's why she was chosen specifically for the program very just very good luck her it was for adoptive parents were from America they were looking for a child she's got Down syndrome they got put together with pleven here they are this woman is taking her home it's amazing um I think if she hadn't had a Baba she would probably be dead she wouldn't be going back to America so I got an email recently from the adoptive
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mother who said we can hardly believe we're getting the privilege of adopting her what a precious spunky little person she is and we can hardly wait to bring her home and see what our love can do the doctors say her condition goes way beyond malnutrition the starvation believe me I have a lot to tell you and a lot to ask you but most of all I want to thank you for the pure ball of love otherwise known as her Baba that little woman I'm convinced where is that little
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woman has saved our girl's life thank you for the hard work and the time you've put into these children's lives you're truly making a difference for these little human beings many of whom have been irreversibly damaged by the system so for me that's that's why we do it that's what we're doing we're just you know we're just helping one at a time and and I feel really good about that so tonight there's a lot of ways that you can get involved that you can donate money we're going to do an auction we've
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got the handbags we've got healthy hammocks for sale and back charms and I hope that you're inspired to get involved and I hope that some of you are inspired to maybe go and visit these kids because it's really it's really an amazing experience [Music]

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