Friday, January 20, 2012

"Breakfast for Everyone" Muhammad Ali at McDonald's Restaurtant

Global Village Champions Foundation founder Yank Barry and good friend Muhammad Ali, traveled to Jakarta Indonesia on one of their many humanitarian missions to feed hungry people in need.

During their stay Muhammad had a craving for a taste of home.  Early one morning around 7 am, Muhammad wanted to go to McDonald's Restaurant.  It was approximately one block from the Hilton Hotel, but as you can probably guess, he cannot go anywhere without attracting a crowd.  The main concern was that he did not have his body guards with him, but he would not be deterred.

Yank, Muhammad and another friend left the hotel and in no time three people turned into seven, and then seven turned into fifteen as the realization hit that Muhammad Ali was out for a stroll. It was a very busy street and one guy jumped out of his car, leaving it in the street and started following Muhammad with the rest of the crowd. By the time they got to McDonald's it was a mob scene!

Muhammad made his way to the counter and ordered an Egg Mcmuffin and coffee and turned to Yank and said "What do you want?" then turned to their other friend and asked him "What do you want?" They both answered "We will have the same!" At this point Muhammad turns to Yank and says "You got alot of money on you?" Yank says sure and  Muhammad shouts out "Breakfast for Everyone" Muhammad treated everyone in the restaurant  including the staff behind the counter.  By this time the restaurant was jammed with over 100 people.

When the bill came it was over $180.00 and Yank was only carrying $130.00. This took place several years ago so there were no debit machines nor ATM's  and they did not take credit cards like they do today.  Yank had to find a kiosk bank to withdraw $50.00 to pay the bill.  Meanwhile  the mob in the restaurant  was overjoyed to be sharing their breakfast with "The Greatest"

Right place, right time! A memory that these lucky folks will never forget!

Muhammad Ali, Yank Barry at McDonald's, Jakarta Indonesia

There is more to the story.   The following afternoon Muhammad wants to go for a walk and again no security with them. Yank and Muhammad and another friend were walking behind the hotel and they had lagged behind Yank  All of a sudden Yank is surrounded by 4 or 5 big guys who came out of nowhere and said to Yank "hey where are you going boy?" Yank can see Muhammad and his friend and Muhammad can see what is happening to Yank.  The would be robbers, were focusing on Yank and didn't see Muhammad Ali. One of them says to Yank, " give us all of your money, give us your watch" Yank calls out ....MUHAMMAD...and Muhammad pretends he doesn't hear him. Nothing happens so  Yank reaches into his pocket because these guys were going to beat him up. As Yank pulled his money out  Muhammad and their friend walk over one of the robbers looks up and goes "Muhammad Ali" Muhammad looks back at the thug and says "this is my friend". Needless to say, Yank kept his wallet and watch!

Yank and Ali have been close friends for decades and have provided over 550 million meals to feed the hungry.  Ali's celebrity has paved the way for Global Village Champions Foundation  to deliver food even in war torn areas.  As you can imagine, not a shot was fired while Yank and Muhammad delivered badly needed food and medical supplies. Where ever they were asked to go to help, especially when children were concerned they went.  
Yank Barry and Muhammad Ali on a private jet delivering food to hungry kids

To learn more about their humanitarian work and their journey it is chronicled on http://www.globalvillagechampions.org.

"Join The Greatest Fight - The Fight Against Hunger"

Jackie Bigford
Social Media Director
Global Village Champions Foundation

26 comments:

  1. Great story - except the mugging! Yikes! That must have been scary.

    Great post Jackie!! xoxo

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  2. Nice job Jackie!! You do great things, always a pleasure to see someone work so hard on projects that are really beneficial.

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  3. Thanks Jason and Joanne for taking the time to visit and leaving a comment. #ADayWithoutHunger

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  4. What a great contribution to anti-hunger efforts!

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  5. Nice job & great story:)
    (e)CLAU

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  6. A heart warming story... Thanks for pointing this out Jackie..

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  7. Thanks for sharing an incredible story. A great person, an magnificent champion.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this story Jackie.

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  9. Very down to earth and humble people, there's always a place for the needy in their hearts.

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  10. Great piece! It really says something about Muhammad Ali!

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  11. Muhammad Ali is the Egg McMuffin of humanitarians! Thanks for brightening my day with this story Jackie.

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  12. Great article Jackie. Very inspirational.

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  13. Wow. What a great story(ies). I knew Muhammad Ali was doing great things, it is nice to know that they are even greater than I thought. -- DiDavis

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  14. Khususan ila ruh Muhammad Ali, Al Fatihah, Allahummaghfirlahu warhamhu wa'afihi wa' fuanhu.

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  15. I like this story. Muhammad Ali (rahimahulloh) is very inspired

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  16. he is the best sample of humanity, god bless you Mohammed Ali...

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  17. Mohammed Ali is the best forever and sampler of humanity. Please send (alfatihah) for my hero Mohammad Ali, god bless

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  18. Hard job, great story and sweets memory

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  19. I Live in Jakarta, thanks Ali for your kindness, humble man. I feel so sad for loosing a hero like u. Wish Allah forgive u and put u to the best place in Jannah

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  20. Selamat jalan bung Ali... sampai bertemu di Jannah surga nya Allah

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  21. Innalillahi waiinnailaihirojiun. Smg dirahmati Allah swt. Aamiin

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