The Reading / Listening - Level 6

An Internet campaign has come to the rescue of an 80-year-old man in the USA who was reduced to selling firewood on the roadside to pay for his wife's medical bills. Octogenarian Kenneth Smith spent hours a day selling kindling for $5 a bag. He started last year and was then helped by his wife of over 30 years, Helen, who was dying of lung cancer. Tragically, she lost her battle in October and Mr Smith was left with crippling hospital fees, which wiped out his life savings. A local woman, Jessica Pittman, saw Mr Smith and posted a Facebook message urging people to help him. Her post has been shared over 9,000 times and motorists have stopped their car to give Mr Smith some cash.



Ms Pittman's kind deed encouraged Mr Smith's son to go a step further and set up an online appeal. He created a page at the website GoFundMe and donations soon came flooding in from all corners of the Earth. The online campaign raised $20,000 in three days. Ms Pittman told the BBC that she had "no clue" her actions would prompt such generosity. She said: "Although it will not lessen the heartache of losing his wife, I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his plate and help him make ends meet." Mr Smith said he has been "overwhelmed" with the response. He added that even though his wife wasn't by his side, he still feels her presence, "because she's looking down on me," he said.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.sunherald.com/news/state/mississippi/article116633298.html
  • http://www.ksla.com/story/33764148/support-pouring-in-for-widower-selling-firewood
  • http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/11/man-sells-firewood-to-pay-dead-wifes-medical-bills/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38081732


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. ONLINE CAMPAIGNS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about online campaigns. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       campaign / rescue / firewood / medical bills / battle / life savings / motorists / cash /
       kind deed / online appeal / flooding / corners / generosity / heartache / presence

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. OCTOGENEARIANS: Students A strongly believe people aged 8- and over should receive free health care; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. INTERNET CAMPAIGNS:  Discuss the following with your partner(s). What are your ideas for the campaign video? How do you spread the word online? Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Presidential election
  • Visit Tokyo
  • Help children in need
  • The new iPhone 10
  • Stop influenza
  • Drive carefully
MY e-BOOK
See a sample

5. HOSPITAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "hospital". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. BILLS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Telephone bills
  • Water bills
  • Bank fees
  • Repair bills
  • Medical bills
  • School fees
  • Electricity bills
  • Credit card bills

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. An Internet campaign helped a man who was an octogenarian.     T / F
  2. The man had been married for more than 30 years.     T / F
  3. A woman 8,000 miles away posted a Facebook message to help him.     T / F
  4. Car drivers stopped to give the man some money.     T / F
  5. The man's daughter set up a web page to help him.     T / F
  6. The man received money from all over the world.     T / F
  7. A woman said the money would lessen the man's heartache.     T / F
  8. The man said he no longer feels his wife is near him.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. campaign
  2. battle
  3. wiped out
  4. urging
  5. cash
  6. deed
  7. generosity
  8. make ends meet
  9. overwhelmed
  10. presence
  1. encouraging
  2. money
  3. get by
  4. fight
  5. spirit
  6. drive
  7. moved
  8. act
  9. destroyed
  10. kindness

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. come to the
  2. Tragically, she
  3. wiped out his life
  4. a Facebook message urging
  5. motorists have stopped
  6. encouraged Mr Smith's son to go
  7. donations soon came
  8. from all corners
  9. lessen the heartache
  10. he still feels her
  1. flooding in
  2. their car
  3. a step further
  4. presence
  5. rescue
  6. of the Earth
  7. savings
  8. of losing his wife
  9. people to help him
  10. lost her battle

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bag
savings
reduced
crippling
motorists
rescue
urging
battle

An Internet campaign has come to the (1) ____________ of an 80-year-old man in the USA who was (2) ____________ to selling firewood on the roadside to pay for his wife's medical bills. Octogenarian Kenneth Smith spent hours a day selling kindling for $5 a (3) ____________. He started last year and was then helped by his wife of over 30 years, Helen, who was dying of lung cancer. Tragically, she lost her (4) ____________ in October and Mr Smith was left with (5) ____________ hospital fees, which wiped out his life (6) ____________. A local woman, Jessica Pittman, saw Mr Smith and posted a Facebook message (7) ____________ people to help him. Her post has been shared over 9,000 times and (8) ____________ have stopped their car to give Mr Smith some cash.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
presence
deed
appeal
ends
clue
response
flooding
heartache

Ms Pittman's kind (9) ____________ encouraged Mr Smith's son to go a step further and set up an online (10) ____________. He created a page at the website GoFundMe and donations soon came (11) ____________ in from all corners of the Earth. The online campaign raised $20,000 in three days. Ms Pittman told the BBC that she had "no (12) ____________ " her actions would prompt such generosity. She said: "Although it will not lessen the (13) ____________ of losing his wife, I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his plate and help him make (14) ____________ meet." Mr Smith said he has been "overwhelmed" with the (15) ____________. He added that even though his wife wasn't by his side, he still feels her (16) ____________, "because she's looking down on me," he said.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  an 80-year-old man in the USA who was reduced to selling firewood ______
     a.  in the roadside
     b.  on the roadside
     c.  on the road's side
     d.  in the road sides

2)  He started last year and was then helped by his wife ______ years
     a.  of more 30
     b.  of late 30
     c.  of over 30
     d.  of moreover 30

3)  she lost her battle in October and Mr Smith was left with ______ fees
     a.  crippling hospitalise
     b.  crippling hospitals
     c.  crippling hospital
     d.  crippling hospitality

4)  Jessica Pittman, saw Mr Smith and posted a Facebook message ______ help
     a.  purging people to
     b.  urchin people to
     c.  urgent people to
     d.  urging people to

5)  Her post has been shared over 9,000 times and ______ stopped
     a.  motor wrists have
     b.  motorists have
     c.  no tourists have
     d.  motor lists have

6)  encouraged Mr Smith's son to go a step further and set up ______
     a.  the online appeals
     b.  the online appeal
     c.  an online appeals
     d.  an online appeal

7)  donations soon came flooding in from all ______ Earth
     a.  edges of the
     b.  concerns of the
     c.  borders of the
     d.  corners of the

8)  Ms Pittman told the BBC that she had "no clue" her actions would ______ generosity
     a.  prompt much
     b.  prompt touch
     c.  prompt such
     d.  prompt this

9)  I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his plate and help ______ meet
     a.  him make ends
     b.  him take ends
     c.  him bake ends
     d.  him wake ends

10)  He added that even though his wife wasn't by his side, he still feels ______
     a.  her presence
     b.  her presents
     c.  her pleasant
     d.  her pretense

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Internet campaign (1) ___________________ the rescue of an 80-year-old man in the USA who (2) ___________________ selling firewood on the roadside to pay for his wife's medical bills. Octogenarian Kenneth Smith spent (3) ___________________ selling kindling for $5 a bag. He started last year and was then helped by his wife of over 30 years, Helen, who was dying of lung cancer. Tragically, (4) ___________________ battle in October and Mr Smith was left with crippling hospital fees, which (5) ___________________ life savings. A local woman, Jessica Pittman, saw Mr Smith and posted a Facebook message (6) ___________________ help him. Her post has been shared over 9,000 times and motorists have stopped their car to give Mr Smith some cash.

Ms Pittman's (7) ___________________ encouraged Mr Smith's son to go a step further and set up an online appeal. He created a page at the website GoFundMe and donations soon came (8) ___________________ all corners of the Earth. The online campaign raised $20,000 in three days. Ms Pittman told the BBC that she (9) ___________________ her actions would prompt such generosity. She said: "Although it (10) ___________________ the heartache of losing his wife, I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his plate and help him (11) ___________________." Mr Smith said he has been "overwhelmed" with the response. He added that even though his wife wasn't by his side, (12) ___________________ presence, "because she's looking down on me," he said.

Comprehension questions

  1. How old was the man who had to sell firewood?
  2. For how much did the man sell his bags of kindling?
  3. For how long was the man married?
  4. What did the hospital fees wipe out?
  5. How many times did a Facebook post get shared?
  6. Who set up a web page for Mr Smith?
  7. From where did donations come flooding in?
  8. How much did the online campaign raise?
  9. What did Ms Pittman say the generosity would help Mr Smith with?
  10. What does Mr Smith still feel?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How old was the man who had to sell firewood?
a) 70
b) 75
c) 80
d) 85

2) For how much did the man sell his bags of kindling?
a) $5
b) $6
c) $7
d) $8

3) For how long was the man married?
a) over 30 years
b) 28 years
c)  a year
d)  3 years

4) What did the hospital fees wipe out?
a) Mr Smith's record
b) Mr Smith's life savings
c) Mr Smith's memory
d) Mr Smith's computer storage

5) How many times did a Facebook post get shared?
a) just fewer than 9,000 times
b) exactly 9,000 times
c) around 9,000 times
d) over 9,000 times

6) Who set up a web page for Mr Smith?
a) a local woman
b) his son
c) a company
d) his daughter

7) From where did donations come flooding in?
a) all corners of the Earth
b) the length and breadth of the USA
c) from coast to coast
d)

8) How much did the online campaign raise?
a) a million dollars
b) $100,000
c) $20,000
d) $50,000

9) What did Ms Pittman say the generosity would help Mr Smith with?
a) plates
b) motorists
c) firewood
d) making ends meet

10) What does Mr Smith still feel?
a) his wife's presence
b) numb
c) lessened
d) down

Role play

Role A — Medical Bills

You think medical bills are the most important. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their bills/fees aren't as important. Also, tell the others which are the least important of these (and why): school fees, credit card bills or electricity bills.

Role B — School Fees

You think school fees are the most important. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their bills/fees aren't as important. Also, tell the others which are the least important of these (and why): medical bills, credit card bills or electricity bills.

Role C — Credit Card Bills

You think credit card bills are the most important. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their bills/fees aren't as important. Also, tell the others which are the least important of these (and why): school fees, medical bills or electricity bills.

Role D — Role D – Electricity Bills

You think electricity bills are the most important. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their bills/fees aren't as important. Also, tell the others which are the least important of these (and why): school fees, credit card bills or medical bills.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'online'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'campaign'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • kind
    • soon
    • clue
    • lessen
    • meet
    • down
    • rescue
    • pay
    • 30
    • battle
    • posted
    • car




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Man sells firewood to pay wife's medical bills

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'bills'?
    3. How sad is it an 80-year-old struggles to pay hospital bills?
    4. Should all governments provide free health care?
    5. What do you think about what you read?
    6. What would you do at 80 if you needed money?
    7. How good is social media at helping people in need?
    8. What do you think of Ms Pittman's kind deed?
    9. How would you feel if your life savings were wiped out?
    10. What advice do you have for Mr Smith?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What was the last kind deed you did?
    3. Have you ever given money to an online charity or appeal page?
    4. What do you think of people asking for financial help online?
    5. Why do we say 'all corners of the Earth' when the Earth is round?
    6. How generous are you?
    7. Do you find it difficult to make ends meet?
    8. When was the last time someone's kindness overwhelmed you?
    9. What else can people do to help Mr Smith?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Smith?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    An Internet campaign has come to (1) ____ rescue of an 80-year-old man in the USA who was reduced (2) ____ selling firewood on the roadside to pay for his wife's medical bills. Octogenarian Kenneth Smith spent hours a day selling kindling for $5 a bag. He started last year and was then helped by his wife of (3) ____ 30 years, Helen, who was dying of lung cancer. Tragically, she (4) ____ her battle in October and Mr Smith was left with crippling hospital fees, which (5) ____ out his life savings. A local woman, Jessica Pittman, saw Mr Smith and posted a Facebook message (6) ____ people to help him. Her post has been shared over 9,000 times and motorists have stopped their car to give Mr Smith some cash.

    Ms Pittman's kind (7) ____ encouraged Mr Smith's son to go a step further and set up an online appeal. He created a page at the website GoFundMe and donations soon came flooding in from all (8) ____ of the Earth. The online campaign raised $20,000 in three days. Ms Pittman told the BBC that she had "no (9) ____" her actions would prompt such generosity. She said: "Although it will not (10) ____ the heartache of losing his wife, I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his (11) ____ and help him make ends meet." Mr Smith said he has been "overwhelmed" with the response. He added that even though his wife wasn't by his side, he still feels her (12) ____, "because she's looking down on me," he said.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     the     (b)     do     (c)     have     (d)     a    
    2. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     more     (b)     post     (c)     over     (d)     after    
    4. (a)     competed     (b)     fought     (c)     met     (d)     lost    
    5. (a)     polished     (b)     smeared     (c)     wiped     (d)     erased    
    6. (a)     urged     (b)     urging     (c)     urgent     (d)     purging    
    7. (a)     did     (b)     deed     (c)     dead     (d)     done    
    8. (a)     edges     (b)     corners     (c)     borders     (d)     concerns    
    9. (a)     glue     (b)     crew     (c)     clue     (d)     crow    
    10. (a)     less     (b)     lesson     (c)     listen     (d)     lessen    
    11. (a)     dish     (b)     bowl     (c)     saucer     (d)     plate    
    12. (a)     pretense     (b)     pleasant     (c)     presents     (d)     presence

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     post has been shared over 9,000 times and motorists have stopped their car to give Mr Smith some cash.

    (    )     of the Earth. The online campaign raised $20,000 in three days. Ms Pittman told the BBC that she had "no

    (    )     clue" her actions would prompt such generosity. She said: "Although it will not lessen the heartache of

    (    )     losing his wife, I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his plate and help him make ends

    (    )     savings. A local woman, Jessica Pittman, saw Mr Smith and posted a Facebook message urging people to help him. Her

    (    )     his side, he still feels her presence, "because she's looking down on me," he said.

    1  )     An Internet campaign has come to the rescue of an 80-year-old man in the USA who was reduced

    (    )     Ms Pittman's kind deed encouraged Mr Smith's son to go a step further and set up an online

    (    )     to selling firewood on the roadside to pay for his wife's medical bills. Octogenarian Kenneth Smith spent

    (    )     battle in October and Mr Smith was left with crippling hospital fees, which wiped out his life

    (    )     appeal. He created a page at the website GoFundMe and donations soon came flooding in from all corners

    (    )     hours a day selling kindling for $5 a bag. He started last year and was then helped by his wife

    (    )     of over 30 years, Helen, who was dying of lung cancer. Tragically, she lost her

    (    )     meet." Mr Smith said he has been "overwhelmed" with the response. He added that even though his wife wasn't by

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. hospital   his   fees   life   which   savings   wiped   Crippling   out   .
    4. has   over   9,000   post   shared   Her   been   times   .
    5. some   cash   Motorists   have  stopped  their  car  to  give  Mr  Smith  .
    6. Go   further   up   appeal   step   set   online   a   and   an   .
    7. flooding   all   the   came   from   of   Donations   in   corners   Earth   .
    8. losing   It   lessen   of   wife   not   heartache   his   will   the   .
    9. he   the   has   response   been   Smith   overwhelmed   said   with   .
    10. he   his  wife  Even  still   side   wasn't  though  feels   ,  by   his   her   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    An Internet campaign has come to the rescued / rescue of an 80-year-old man in the USA who was reduced / reducing to selling firewood on the roadside to pay for his wife's medical billing / bills. Octogenarian Kenneth Smith spent hours / hour a day selling kindling for $5 a bag. He started last year and was then helped by his wife of / at over 30 years, Helen, who was dying of lung cancer. Tragically, she lost / loses her battle in October and Mr Smith was left with crippling hospital fee / fees, which wiped out / in his life savings. A local woman, Jessica Pittman, saw Mr Smith and posted a Facebook message urging / urgently people to help him. Her post has been shared over 9,000 times and motorists / motors have stopped their car to give Mr Smith some cash.

    Ms Pittman's kind deed / indeed encouraged Mr Smith's son to go a step / stair further and set up an online appeal. He created a page at the website GoFundMe and donations soon came floods / flooding in from all corners / edges of the Earth. The online campaign risen / raised $20,000 in three days. Ms Pittman told the BBC that she had "no clue" her actions would prompt such generous / generosity. She said: "Although it will not lessen / least the heartache of losing his wife, I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his saucer / plate and help him make ends meet / agree." Mr Smith said he has been "overwhelmed" with the response. He added that even though his wife wasn't by his side, he still feels her presents / presence, "because she's looking down on me," he said.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    an internet campaign has come to the rescue of an 80-year-old man in the usa who was reduced to selling firewood on the roadside to pay for his wife's medical bills octogenarian kenneth smith spent hours a day selling kindling for $5 a bag he started last year and was then helped by his wife of over 30 years helen who was dying of lung cancer tragically she lost her battle in october and mr smith was left with crippling hospital fees which wiped out his life savings a local woman jessica pittman saw mr smith and posted a facebook message urging people to help him her post has been shared over 9000 times and motorists have stopped their car to give mr smith some cash

    ms pittman's kind deed encouraged mr smith's son to go a step further and set up an online appeal he created a page at the website gofundme and donations soon came flooding in from all corners of the earth the online campaign raised $20000 in three days ms pittman told the bbc that she had "no clue" her actions would prompt such generosity she said "although it will not lessen the heartache of losing his wife i am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his plate and help him make ends meet" mr smith said he has been "overwhelmed" with the response he added that even though his wife wasn't by his side he still feels her presence "because she's looking down on me" he said

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AnInternetcampaignhascometotherescueofan80-year-oldmanint
    heUSAwhowasreducedtosellingfirewoodontheroadsidetopayforhisw
    ife'smedicalbills.OctogenarianKennethSmithspenthoursadayselling
    kindlingfor$5abag.Hestartedlastyearandwasthenhelpedbyhiswifeof
    over30years,Helen,whowasdyingoflungcancer.Tragically,shelosthe
    rbattleinOctoberandMrSmithwasleftwithcripplinghospitalfees,whic
    hwipedouthislifesavings.Alocalwoman,JessicaPittman,sawMrSmith
    andpostedaFacebookmessageurgingpeopletohelphim.Herposthasb
    eensharedover9,000timesandmotoristshavestoppedtheircartogive
    MrSmithsomecash.MsPittman'skinddeedencouragedMrSmith'ssont
    ogoastepfurtherandsetupanonlineappeal.Hecreatedapageattheweb
    siteGoFundMeanddonationssooncamefloodinginfromallcornersofth
    eEarth.Theonlinecampaignraised$20,000inthreedays.MsPittmantol
    dtheBBCthatshehad"noclue"heractionswouldpromptsuchgenerosit
    y.Shesaid:"Althoughitwillnotlessentheheartacheoflosinghiswife,Ia
    mthankfulitwillatleasttakealittleworryoffofhisplateandhelphimmak
    eendsmeet."MrSmithsaidhehasbeen"overwhelmed"withtherespons
    e.Headdedthateventhoughhiswifewasn'tbyhisside,hestillfeelsherpr
    esence,"becauseshe'slookingdownonme,"hesaid.

    Free writing

    Write about online campaign for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Governments should provide free healthcare for citizens from taxes. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. ONLINE CAMPAIGNS: Make a poster about online campaigns and websites that help people raise money. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. HEALTHCARE: Write a magazine article about governments providing free healthcare to citizens out of taxes. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on online campaigns. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her your thoughts on them. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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