Few people start to seriously about gender inequality, poverty and homelessness at age 6.
Muskan Virk is a rare exception. It helps explain why the now 10-year-old, from Vancouver, B.C., has embarked on a tour to promote her first book, “365 Days of Gratitude: My Attitude of Gratitude.”
“She is a very special young lady,” said Jill O’Hara, a holistic health consultant who helped arrange Muskan’s visit to Western New York next week for several appearances.
Four years ago, the young girl learned about the injustice that befell Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist and youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate nearly killed for her advocacy of female education in her homeland. Muskan raised money to donate to the Malala Fund and other local charities – but didn’t want to stop there. Her mother, Meera, a life coach, suggested she shift her mindset in a positive way during her efforts, and write down something in her journal every day that helped make her grateful.
The writings became the basis for the book, which also includes stories of gratitude from best-selling author Serena Dyer and Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen.
She will make her first appearance in Buffalo from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday for a talk entitled, “The Healing Power Of Gratitude,” at Unity of Buffalo, 1243 Delaware Ave. Suggested donation is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children. A potluck meal will follow. A portion of the donations will go to the Child Life Department of Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
Other events will include:
– A talk entitled, “What Are You Grateful For?,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in the Lancaster Library, 5466 Broadway.
– A book signing from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dawnfire Sanctuary, 5655 Main St., Williamsville.
– A meet, greet and book signing from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant & Banquet Facility, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell.
– Muskan will help families create a “Grounded In Gratitude” mural from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Saturday at Monkey See, Monkey Do… Children’s Bookstore, 9060 Main St., Clarence.
“My family and I are blessed to come to Western New York for the first time,” Muskan said. “Buffalo has been referred to for some time as the ‘City of Good Neighbors,’ and so there’s no place else I could think of to begin my 365 Days of Gratitude Summer Book Tour other than Buffalo.”
Her book will be available for purchase at all public events. Part of the proceeds of all books sold in Western New York will go to Helping Hands, Muskan’s official organization, which is giving back to the homeless and to those in need across the globe.