On Sept. 10, about 4,000 students from Jefferson and Switzerland counties will meet a man who has taken his inspirational message to all parts of the world.

Nick Vujicic's message isn't unusual - he speaks of faith, hope, self-worth and the human spirit.

What is unusual is how Vujicic came to take on his role of motivational speaker.

Vujicic, 31, is 29 inches tall. He was born without arms or legs. Many believed he would lead a life dependent on others.

Early on, it appeared that was his destiny. Bullying in school was more than he could handle. When he was 10, he tried to take his own life.

But, as he grew older he began to see things differently. He turned to hope and realized that his life had purpose.

Since then, he has traveled the world inspiring others. He founded Life Without Limbs, a non-profit group devoted to sharing his message.

On Sept. 10, Vujicic will speak to students from Madison, Shawe, Southwestern, Switzerland County and the Christian Academy. They will gather at the Connor Salm Gymnasium at Madison Consolidated High School.

In conjunction with Vujicic's Madison visit, the Indiana Department of Education will do a simulcast of his presentation to other schools and organizations across Indiana.

Area sponsors hope to raise about $20,000 to defray expenses for Vujicic's visit. Dave Ungru, president of Koehler Tire, is heading up the fundraising effort.

Checks can be made out to Proclaim/Life Without Limbs and sent to Ungru at 2350 Michigan Road, Madison, IN 47250.