Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Halil Gashi, a dancer, actor, and model who has performed in over 30 countries around the world. Halil uses dance, acrobatics, painting and contemporary art as creative inspiration to bring positive change.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
In April 2013 I was chosen as one of the 6 dancers to perform, dance and model for the Adidas GBC Show in Germany. At this global event Adidas revealed the sportswear for the FIFA World Cup Match. I had worked with Adidas before so they asked me to be part of their new show for 2013.
How did you achieve it?
I have trained very hard for many years in acting, theatre, live performance and different dance styles like breakdance, hip hop, contemporary, locking, popping, partner work, etc.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
I would like to leave the world in a much better place than I found it. I would like the next generation to have better opportunities and live a better, happier life. While working for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas I performed with Paul McCartney in the 2012 Musicares (Grammy) and for “One Drop” to raise money for people in need. We raised $65,000 for Safe Nest. I also teach workshops in Kosovo, UK, France, Germany, US and other countries to help youth and adults improve their life, be self-confident and contribute positively.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I have always been active and live a healthy lifestyle. I don’t follow the traditional training methods. Instead I prefer to use my own body weight and incorporate different exercises like hand stand, hand balance, pull ups, pushups, etc. It is also important to listen to your body and eat the right food and nutrition.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I read about great people like Mohamed Ali, Bruce Lee, Gandhi, Alan Watts, Mother Theresa and I am inspired by their stories. We don’t have to wait for someone to tell us how and what to do. We all know what’s best for us. Why not just do it. If you know that smoking is bad for you, just quit. Don’t get caught up on the idea that something is hard, it will become much harder to overcome. You know what is good for you. Go ahead and make that change. If you love your body and respect it, then you want to give it all it needs – healthy organic food, not cigarettes, alcohol and fast foods. Today we live in the age of information and you can easily find out what you need to know and more. Find something you love to do in life and it will never feel like work.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
I go jogging, and the fact that I can help someone else while doing that is amazing to me . A friend of mine told me about Charity Miles. The fact that I went through a time when my dad was diagnosed with cancer led me to find out facts about it. That made me change my whole diet and I became a vegetarian. I am using Charity Miles to fundraise for Stand Up To Cancer to fund research and new therapies for patients. I am also very involved in community empowerment efforts and serve as a Team Leader for Peace Action Foundation.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for myself and my well being. I enjoy it, it is fun for me and gives me confidence. It is amazing for me to share my dance and art with others and inspire them to try it themselves.