“Fancy a walk?”
It was a simple question, short and to the point. An e-mail from an acquaintance. Granted, the guy’s a lunatic but he’s got an oddly compelling personality — the kind of guy with which you can picture yourself spending an evening or sharing a cup of coffee.
Or a stroll.
“Sure,” I responded.
And that was that. Dan, you may know him from All That Comes With It, has organized a charity walk in support of the Joseph Salmon Trust and I am honored to have been asked to participate. Well, I was honored last June when he asked me. Now, I’m hearing a Talking Heads tune repeating on an endless loop, “My God, what have I done!!”
In just over two months from now, I’ll be walking the entire width of England, more specifically, the 84 miles of Hardrian’s Wall in support of the Joseph Salmon Trust. The wall — essentially in ruins today– was built in 122 AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Well, I’m sure he didn’t build it. He ordered it built and so it was. At least he had the foresight to have his wall built across the narrowest span of the country. Thank God!
I’ll not be going it alone, though. There are close to 60 of us participating which begs the question, “How in the hell could Dan have so many of us by the short hairs?” Not to burst any bubbles here, but I don’t think it’s Dan. It’s much bigger — if you can fathom bigger than Dan.
It’s the cause.
I believe it’s because of Neil and Rachel Salmon, founders of The Joseph Salmon Trust. Neil and Rachel have been able to take what I can only imagine as the most horrific experience that any parent should ever face and turn it into something positive. Their son, Joseph, was just three years old when he passed away suddenly and totally unexpectedly in his sleep due to complications from a streptococcal pneumonia. Their lives, their very world, was literally changed overnight.
It is their resilience, their perseverance, their strength, that seeks to change the lives of those who may be similarly faced with such unimaginable tragedy.
The Joseph Salmon Trust aims to “support parents who have lost a child by providing financial assistance to those who need it most. This may be to help with funeral costs or to allow the self employed a break from work while they come to terms with their loss. Grieving families have enough to deal with without worries about where they will find the money to say goodbye to their child or pay the next electricity bill. Nothing we can do can make their situation better, but we can do something to stop it getting worse.”
So I’m walking, honored to be doing so in support of a very worthwhile cause. I’m also asking that you might consider supporting The Joseph Salmon Trust in my name. I have set up a personal fundraising page to assist with donations or you can go directly to the Hadrian’s Walk page and click the donate now button on the right hand side.
The trust is small with with very limited resources so a little bit goes a long way. Also, all of the trustees and individuals that run the organization do so on a strictly volunteer basis. 100% of your donation will go directly to those who need it most.
I’m thanking you in advance for your support, warning you that I won’t stop asking until my goal of $750 is met. In fact, I’ll sweeten the deal. If I should happen to meet/exceed my goal of raising $750 by let’s say, June 10 — I’ll shave my head.
So there you go.