Where do you go when you've achieved one of your goals? Well on to the next one of course. For me, since raising $2000 personally, and more importantly contributing to a team goal of $6000 for the Leukaemia foundation, that's to ride a motorbike to the south-eastern most corner of the continental United States.
Ironically that's on an island called Key West.
First though it's imperative to acknowledge no-one really achieves anything on their own. Two weeks after the shave, with a velvety haircut that's about a month from acceptable, I'd like to shout out everyone who supported us in this endeavour:
Firstly, the long-suffering Lucy, with my daughters Amanzi, Charis, Lead, and Em. Not only are they wearing the continual embarrassment that affiliation with me incurs: “It's ok, he's just done the shave for leukaemia,” but they actually dug into their own wallets and donated hard earned cash to the cause. Anyone who donates more than 4 hours wages to charity is pretty inspirational in my books. Thanks.
Then to my unlikely partners in crime, Adrian, Tony, and Rodney. They shed their good looking locks (well Adrian did anyway) and went cap-in-hand to their friends. No easy task. All of them WGS virgins. No longer. Now inducted into the halls of folk who invest their time and pride for a good cause. Thanks guys. Your hair will grow back soon. And you should be proud at raising as much as we did for your first time.
Those that deserve the most thanks of course are you, readers, friends, family and supporters. Your immediate and unwavering generosity never ceases to amaze me. Thank you. I promised not to come for another cause this year, and fully intend to honour that commitment.
Very few people figure out how to buy happiness with money. This ingeniously simple trick is to spend it on others. I hope you enjoy all the blessings that make it better to give than receive. I won't call out names individually to respect privacy. Those that are happy to be publically acknowledged have already indicated this at http://rog42.tv/shave14
And Ewan? He and Kate celebrated Love, Life, and Happiness with a simple exchanging of vows at a reception in their garden at home. A brief respite for Ewan, and a poignant reminder of all that is truly important.
$6000 raised, thank you.