A long walk

I’m going for a long walk (30kms)
next Sunday August 7
I would love you to join me
or if not give me your money
(well not me directly)
It’s for Room to Read,
a charity close to my heart.

I believe education changes everything
and more so I believe educating girls
changes things even faster.
They invest 90% of what they earn in their family
I’m the first generation of my family
who went to college
and among the first generation in Ireland
who had free education.
My father left school at the age of 12,
to help support his family.
He was a wonderful father and man
who was passionate about giving his children
opportunities that weren’t available to him.
Ireland has a tradition of emigration but
they used to leave with no skills and little education
to be labourers and servants.
We still emigrate but now we arrive as equals,
proud of our heritage and who we are.
I believe education contributes greatly
to this new found confidence, so

I’m passionate about education.
I believe opening minds can help open hearts.

I believe education can help us all
move beyond family, demographic
and societal conditioning
to make generous and enlightened choices
for ourselves, with awareness of the impact
on ourselves, others and the environment.
Realising we are all in this together
and there’s more than enough to share.

I believe trust is the antonym of fear and trust is the basis of love. Click To Tweet

And where there’s love:
all that stuff that creates
the nastiness and nuttiness
we are witnessing more and more,
in the world will disappear.

Because no matter how you talk it up.
We are all so much more alike than different.

We all want the same things,
joy, acceptance, a secure and loving environment
in which we can prosper and grow.
Michelle Obama is on a mission
to educate 62 million girls.
I sponsor 4 of them at present
so that leaves just 59 million 999,996 more.
So if you can,
I’d love you to walk with me
or sponsor me here.
Thank you in advance.
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