Thursday, September 23, 2010

CNN Heroes 2010 - The Top 10

CNN today unveiled the Top 10 finalists for CNN Heroes 2010. The release with the names of the finalists is below.

"CNN Heroes" returns on Thanksgiving night, as the network celebrates its fourth year of honoring everyday people changing the world. This year's Top Ten Heroes range from a Scotsman providing free daily meals to 400,000 children to a former child soldier clearing land mines in Cambodia. Ricky Martin, Rainn Wilson, Holly Robinson Peete, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sir Richard Branson and Muhammad Ali are among the blue-ribbon panelists who selected this year's Top Ten Heroes.

Get to know the Top Ten Heroes:

Susan Burton has helped more than 400 female ex-convicts get back on their feet. Her nonprofit provides sober housing and other support services to formerly incarcerated women in California.

Linda Fondren started Shape Up Vicksburg to help her Mississippi hometown lose weight. Through the group's free fitness activities and nutrition classes, residents have lost nearly 15,000 pounds to date.

Harmon Parker is using his masonry skills to save lives. Since 1997, he has built 45 footbridges over Kenya's perilous rivers, protecting people from flash floods and predatory animals.

Aki Ra is helping to make his native Cambodia safer by clearing land mines. Since 1993, he has helped clear 50,000 mines and unexploded weapons.

Dan Wallrath has given injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans their own homes -- mortgage-free.

Anuradha Koirala is fighting to prevent the trafficking and sexual exploitation of Nepal's women and girls. Since 1993, she has helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 victims.

Narayanan Krishnan brings hot meals and dignity to India's homeless and destitute. Since 2002, he has served more than 1.2 million meals.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow launched Mary's Meals, a program that provides free daily meals to more than 400,000 children around the world.

Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega provides quality health care in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Evans Wadongo
invented a way for rural families in Kenya to replace smoky kerosene and firelight with solar power and has distributed an estimated 10,000 free solar lanterns.

Help pick the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year. The winner will be announced during the "CNN Heroes: All Star Tribute" on Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Anderson Cooper. Vote now.

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