Anyone can make a difference. It doesn’t matter if you are not a celebrity, if you are not a politician, if you are not royalty; you can still have a giant impact on the lives of the people around you.
Take Tom Moore, for example. Tom wanted to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for him after he broke his hip. He thought he would do that with a bit of a fundraiser; so he pledged to walk 100 laps in his garden with the aid of a walker.
Tom is a 99-year-old World War II Veteran. His family thought that with 10 pounds a lap, a goal of 1,000 pounds was fairly reasonable. But something unexpected happened; his fundraiser went viral after he was featured on Television. Instead of £1,000 – Tom raised over £18 million for Britain’s National Health Service according to his JustGiving page as of posting.
He has finished his challenge, which was to walk 10 laps a day for a total of 10 days. But that hasn’t stopped the donations. And it might be the messages he shared on Television which spurred such generosity from the over 900,000 contributors. “I’ve fought so many battles and we’ve always won, and we’re going to win again,” Moore told British broadcaster ITV, adding that health workers on the front line “deserve everything we can give them.”
But perhaps it is the words that he shared after completing his goal which we all need to hear most; “You’ve all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right,” he said. “For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.”
Captain Tom is your Good News Story of the Day, and you can read it in full here, but it’s also not completely over. Because there are efforts being made to celebrate this man, including a petition among the Brits to get him knighted, but also an effort by a schoolgirl named Reegan Davies who wants to help Tom celebrate his 100th Birthday on April 30th with virtual birthday cards!
All she is asking that we do is make a birthday card, post it onto any social media, and tag it with #makeacardfortom and it is already gaining so much attention as people become aware of what great things Tom has done! It’s even brought in a few hundred physical cards too apparently.
So if you’ve a moment to make a card for Tom, it might be a good activity for the kids. Not to mention a teachable moment.
Story and Image from BBC News.