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Our Hero! Help Bachelor Andy Baldwin Save Kids in Africa and the U.S.

It’s so refreshing when Bachelor/ette alumni use their fame to do something good. Swoon-worthy Season 10 Bachelor Andy Baldwin is doing something great.

It didn’t work out between the Navy officer and his Bachelor chosen one, Tessa Horst, but Andy has used the spotlight and his skills as a physician to help bridge the gap between the haves of this world — including all of us in Bachelor Nation, whether we’ve had fantasy dates on ABC’s dime or not — and the have-nots, who die from lack of basic necessities.

According to The Morton Report, Andy is in Africa right now, spending a month working at a clinic providing prenatal and perinatal care. Then he plans to run back-to-back awareness-raising marathons in Nairobi, Kenya on Oct. 30 and New York City on Nov. 6.

“My life really all came to a head when I was on TV,” Andy told The Morton Report. “I was on top of the world, with The Bachelor, and I had all this fame, but it was fleeting. Going through that gauntlet of an experience made me realize what is really important.”

After his 2007 reality TV time, Andy traveled around the world with the Navy’s Global Force for Good.“I learned a lot about myself through that whole experience. I’d done a lot of charity work before, but really the springboard The Bachelor had was powerful. Being able to flip it and use it to help others is where I really realized the point of being on TV.”

According to TMR, Andy was recruited at a marathon by Team World Vision, which brings basic supplies and clean water to children throughout the world. Andy traveled to Kenya with World Vision in 2010. He sponsored a little boy named Cosmos, who was orphaned by HIV/AIDS. For around $35 a month, Andy was able to give Cosmos basic food and water. “In the United States, we have an epidemic of childhood obesity, because our poorest kids don’t get proper nutrition,” Andy told TMR. “In Africa and other third world countries, we have kids who don’t have enough calories to survive.”

Andy gives speeches on childhood obesity and proper nutrition in the U.S. and ran the 2010 ING NYC Marathon with ING’s Run for Something Better program, a nonprofit campaign to promote fitness and prevent childhood obesity. He’s running the marathon again in November. “It’s a battle on two continents,” Andy said. “Kids are our future. We have to do something. How can we not?”

There’s a lot more to this story. Read more about Andy’s journey here. Support the Run for Something Better program here. Sponsor a child with World Vision here.

Keep it up, Andy! And if you ever feel like taking a special lady friend with you as you save the world … call us?

Source: The Morton Report

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10.3.2011 / 09:34 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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