Man, 100, Asks For 101,000 Likes After Birthday Party Was Cancelled
A man who was due to celebrate his 101st birthday later this month has had to cancel his plans because of the coronavirus outbreak.
But Owen, believed to be from the US, is not going to let the deadly disease stop him from marking his special milestone and has asked for 101,000 likes and comments on his photo instead.
The plea was shared on Twitter by UN worker Mohamad Safa, who asked people from around the world to get involved and show Owen some love on his birthday.
He posted a photo of Owen holding a white board, which read: "Hello, I am Owen. I am turning 101 on March 31st.
"My party was canceled because of social distancing. Help me celebrate by getting 101k likes/comments."
Mohamad urged his 79,000 followers to do their bit for the pensioner, writing: "His 101st birthday party was canceled because of the impact of the Coronavirus. Please share and comment to help us make his upcoming birthday special. Please leave him a message here. Take 60 seconds and do it for Owen!"
Well, Owen's request seems to have really pulled at the heartstrings of Mohamad's followers, with more than 124,000 people giving him a like.
And there were plenty of birthday wishes to go with it - 11,000 to be precises.
Commenting on the photo, one person wrote: "Birthday FUN at 101. Dear Owen, you've witnessed sweeping innovations since you were born. Rotary phone to iPhone...Studebaker to Tesla...Flight infancy to Supersonic...and despite all the changes...it's love that remains the same...Birthday blessings!"
Another said: "Happy birthday Owen! your birthday is always special and you'll still have a brilliant day."
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Happy birthday Owen :ok_hand::green_heart: your birthday is always special and you'll still have a brilliant day. :grinning:
- :green_heart::four_leaf_clover::star: (@hoopsandreams) March 22, 2020
Happy birthday Owen. Have a wonderful day, and here's to the next 100 years.
- Robert M Ramirez (@robertr121) March 21, 2020
"Happy birthday Owen. Have a wonderful day, and here's to the next 100 years," put a third.
While one well wisher added: "A very Happy Birthday Owen! Cheers to you 101 years young!"
Owen is one of millions of elderly and vulnerable people who have had to stay firmly indoors and isolate themselves from others since the outbreak began.
This has meant staying away from loved ones and, like Owen, missing birthday celebrations.
Ray and Theresa Cossey, from Norfolk, are two grandparents who, because of their age and an underlying health condition, are unable to be with their loved ones physically.
But despite having to shut themselves in from the world, they have still managed to spend time with their great-grandchildren - Florence, three, and Edith, one - through their patio window.
A photograph of the heartwarming embrace was posted on Twitter, showing the four of them pressing their hands tightly to the glass - enough to melt even the coldest heart, especially during this difficult time.
Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Mohamad Safa