“I think you’re the strongest man on the planet. If you wear this T-shirt, I think men around the world will listen to you,” Angelou wrote in a letter to his hero, The Rock.

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“God can make sad things good,” says Angelou’s Nana.

Five-year-old Angelou from New Zealand penned a letter to one of his favourite celebrities, Dwayne Johnson, AKA: The Rock, to help spread the word about gender based violence…

In Angelou’s letter, he says that his nana was a victim of gender-based-violence throughout her life. Her son, (Angelou’s uncle) Matt decided to do something about it by starting an organisation called She Is Not Your Rehab.

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Matt co-founded She Is Not Your Rehab in New Zealand with his wife Sarah and launched the concept in his 2019 TEDx talk. He says the movement is simply an invitation for men to acknowledge their own childhood trauma and to take responsibility for their healing so that they can transform their pain instead of transmitting it on those around them.

Matt’s nephew, Angelou thought that they should share their idea with his hero, The Rock.

“I think you’re the strongest man on the planet. If you wear this T-shirt, I think men around the world will listen to you,” he said in his heartfelt letter to the actor and action star.

 

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Dwayne Johnson responded to the message on his Instagram, saying that he had to sit down while listening to it.

“I’m very proud of you, son. You don’t understand yet, because you’re too young but just know how courageous and inspiring you are to myself and our AIGA, but now – to the world,” said Johnson.

“The way you sit in your Nana’s arms as she speaks to you is the exact same way I would sit in my grandma’s arms when I was your age, while said her prayers in Samoan to God, and then she’d talk to me afterwards just like she talks to you. She would tell me the exact same things your Nana is telling you. Listen to her. And always remember her words.”

 

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