In his latest podcast interview with Senior Times, Charlie Bird speaks to another incredible role model for our times, the search and rescuer from County Kerry, Seán Binder.
In 2018, at the age of 23, Seán took his seafaring, search and rescue skills, learned off the coast of Kerry, and began his own rescue operation for refugees in Lesvos, Greece.
Seán was moved to do this by the death of the three-year old boy, Alan Kurdi, whose image, lying drowned on a beach near the Greek islands, shocked and outraged people all across the world.
Little did Seán know the journey that his instinctive reaction would bring him on.
“I wanted to find out why one young person, out of thousands, decided to say, ‘I’m not going to accept this, I’m not going to just sit around and do nothing’,” said Charlie Bird.
“People will identify with Seán Binder, with his values and his passion,” added Charlie Bird.
“If there is a perfect role model for young Irish people – although there is no such thing – Seán Binder comes extremely close.”