A Jamaican woman who once worked on a sugar plantation has become the oldest person in the world, aged 117. Violet Mosse-Brown, also known as Aunt V, was born on 10 March 1900 in Duanvale, Trelawny, Jamaica. She attributes her longevity to her “faith in serving God” and her genes. In the early part of her life, she used to cut sugar canes on a plantation. Later, she was able to buy the plot of land where her family has lived for nearly 200 years. Her 95-year-old son, Harland Fairweather, still lives with her on the property. Ms Mosse-Brown went on to grow her own sugarcanes, that she used to sell in a nearby market town. Despite her great age, Mrs Mosse-Brown still reads without glasses and is able to recite a poem she learned in school, something most of us can’t even remember. Her biography describes her as having “a great sense of humour” and says she enjoys telling stories about her life in a rural district in Jamaica, at a time when there was no piped water or electricity. What an amazing woman who’s lived an amazing life. We hope her story lives on even longer than she has.
On February 1, 2017, Arizona high school Senior Becca Longo signed a letter of intent to play college football. And in doing so made history, Becca “is the first woman to receive college football scholarship from a D-II school or higher” — an achievement that she didn’t realise immediately. Becca signed on as a kicker for the football team at Adams State University in Colorado and said her high school teammates have been supportive throughout her time and even encouraged her to consider playing in college. Becca is an inspiration to young girls everywhere who play sports, as is any woman who has paved the way in her field. She has advice for anyone else considering diving into something they love but facing criticism: “People need to stop listening to others and let them influence their mindset. They just need to go and do what they love.” Congrats Becca on your dream coming true. We can’t wait to see what you do next and keep in mind that everyone at Neon Moon is cheering for you!
Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures. Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night. The conservation centre takes in rescued elephants who have previously suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers currently housing 20 of the beautiful animals. Staff have plans to rescue a further 50 elephants in 2017, with hopes to secure more land to expand the sanctuary. The beauty of the women’s knitting is clear to see and we hope that all the elephants are lovely and cosy in them. Amazing work!
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