Liverpool is a city renowned for its positive outlook and let’s face it we are topping the polls as the kindest city in recent votes. Spreading that bit of zeal and inspiring a multitude of people along the way are some great people of this magnificent city we call home.
With their own individual spin on things, here are a few characters that have been inspiring us at EXPLORE.
Spreading nothing but positivity and opening people’s eyes to making the change, Sine Missione is a breath of fresh air not only to the city itself, but also social media. If you’re wondering why the name sounds familiar its more than likely you have laid your eyes on one of his many artistic quotes cascaded around Liverpool, spreading words of wisdom and love throughout the streets.
His eye-catching street art can be found on various items such as telephone boxes, electric boxes and derelict doorways, decorating them in eye-catching colours while donning them with positive uplifting quotes to bring that little bit of sunshine to your day.
Continuing to give more, Sine also has his own brand of t-shirt designs, with each design based on a date in history with a poem written on the t-shirt, all bringing knowledge, history, poetry and truth into the fashion scene.
Sine Missione’s social media following speaks for itself, with 10K plus followers this assertive young man is definitely one to aspire to not only to gain more knowledge but to add that sprinkle of positivity to your day.
Follow Sine on Instagram @sine_missione1
Liver Pedlaa Pool CIC
Setting the bar high when attempting to help the youth of the city invest in a great cause, Blaen Roberts community organisation Liver Pedlaa Pool CIC is one truly inspiring project. Blaen has invested his time in organising Liverpool’s first and only regular pedal bike meet up and ride outs, finding his inspiration from similar groups happening around London.
Promoting the #knivesdownbikesup campaign, the aim is to help youths find their passion, while keeping them from going down the wrong paths in life. The sessions are held every Sunday from 12.00 noon, located at various locations for attendees to turn up and take part in the ride outs around different parts of the city.
Though the campaign has had its doubters, Liver Pedlaa Pool has knocked down the barriers and broke the stigma of gang culture in regard to groups of youth be classed in the wrong light. Creating a bike life family, this positive campaign is bringing peace not only to the city but also to a vast number of worried parents wanting their children socialising in a positive environment.
In less than a year the organisation has not only been nominated for an award for the Liverpool Sports & Physical Activity Awards, it has also had great media coverage by BBC News and BBC Radio Merseyside.
Blaen is certainly one inspirational figure for the youth of the city and we expect more big things to come his way.
Follow him on Instagram @liver_pedlaa_pool
Michael Cullen – Speedo Mick
If we were to say the name Michael Cullen you may question who we are referring to, but to say Speedo Mick the name alone would bring a smile to your face. At some point on a Saturday afternoon match day you will have seen Speedo Mick wearing nothing more than them famous blue swimming trunks, but there is more to his outfit choice than just a bit of fun.
Speedo Mick is a fundraiser in the city like no other, not only raising money for the likes of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, he has raised over a whopping £135,000 in his fundraising career to date!
From swimming the channel to walking from Liverpool to Lyon, whether the sun has its hat on or rainy showers, nothing stops this one man show from achieving his goals.
With his next challenge set to be 3-thousand-mile walk (in his blue knickers of course) this Sports personality of the Year Award winner is truly one amazing person in the city.
Turning up week in week out braving the icy conditions Speedo Mick can be found at his beloved sanctuary – Goodison Park, bucket in hand spreading positivity, raising money and sharing a good few laughs.
Follow him on Instagram @speedomick
Iain Scott – Merseyside Water Rescue
Iain Scott is the founder of Merseyside Water Rescue, a non-profit rescue organisation based in the heart of the city on Liverpool South Docks. The charity has been set up to aid the safety of not only the members of the public, but also other users in and around Liverpool South Docks.
With vital emergency services over worked, over stretched and under equipped, Iain and the team behind Merseyside Water Rescue approached several dedicated search and rescue volunteers to establish the charity. Securing a specialist service with the right equipment to give any potential casualty the best chance of survival, this selfless charity are the unsung heroes of the city that truly deserve the right recognition and funding support to continue their amazing work.
MWR now have a 12 strong volunteer crew and are looking to expand and promote this amazing organisation. The team can often be seen patrolling around and training in the docklands on busy Friday and Saturday nights, promoting safety by the water and attempting to deter any acts of daring, as history has shown that young drunk males are most likely to become a statistic of drowning.
The concept that Iain has put into place is truly inspiring and saving lives week in week out.
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