Who Do You Want to Carry the Torch?

May 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm 2 comments

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

I was watching the BBC Breakfast News this morning and saw Lord Coe talking about the Olympics. Sport again from Lesley, I hear you say. Well, yes and no. Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@LesleyAlmost in case you are wondering) will know that I love sport. I have blogged about my love of football and am saving Rugby for the World Cup later this year. I am a huge fan of the Olympics and am checking my online accounts almost daily in the hope that I have been successful in getting the tickets I requested. I will be glued to the television when the Olympics are on, switching between rowing and cycling and archery and athletics and and and…..

However, today’s blog is not about the sport itself, it is about the carrying of the torch. I think it is a brilliant idea to take nominations  from the public for torch-bearers as the Olympic flame visits all areas of the United Kingdom. We all talk about inclusion these days, it is one of those buzz-words in danger of losing its meaning under the weight of all the business-speak that has crept into everyday use. I like inclusion, to me it implies welcome, building communities and society, the areas we may lose sight of in these harsh financial climes.

It is my hope that the London Games will be massive, I want them to be successful, fun and heartwarming. I know about the scandals in sport and the concerns on the inherent drug culture. I accept there are potential cheats out there but my optimistic (naive?) nature feels that most sportsmen are just that, sporting and honest. I love the pursuit of excellence, whether it be in business, the arts, charity, academia, sport and countless other fields If you strive for excellence, have the talent and that little slice of luck that means you succeed then I applaud you regardless of your field.

I also think the London Games Committee’s idea to ask for ‘locals’ to carry the torch in each region will generate its own buzz. How better to pull people into the experience than asking them to nominate/participate in that rite that builds the excitement to the opening ceremony and the Games themselves. It is a little touch of genius. So, I wonder, will you consider nominating someone for this honour? Will you get involved and feel a part of the whole experience? I love the idea of nominating young people for this. I am going to think seriously about this and talk to my children to see if they feel there is someone who would love the chance to take part. I hope you do too. Please check out the London Olympics site and have a look. It doesn’t matter if you are not UK based and won’t be nomimating. Look at the concept, think about how you could adapt this to something that is local and special to you…..

For reference, the link to the Carrying the Olympic Flame is – http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/carrying-the-olympic-flame/. Is there someone you know would love the chance to take part?

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

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  • 1. Iain  |  May 19, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Great post Almost, but I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one.

    Having already seen Lottery funds diverted to the South East to fund even more transport links, buildings and jobs while voluntary groups like mine struggle or go under, I can’t support these Games at all. Nor can I support the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which are beg paid for by former colleagues of mine who are no longer working alongside me as my Council desperately tries to balance the books while justifying the spend on this vanity project.

    Even putting aside the jingoistic nonsense attached to the well paid, so called “amateurs”, and a brand name for the team that ignores your own country and its athletes, this torch relay is just another money-making exercise.

    The vast majority of the torch carriers will be selected by sponsors, and the route includes the tax-havens of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. S Coe sees no problem with this, but as a card-carrying Tory, he wouldn’t, would he?

    The Olympic and Commonwealth Games, are just bread and circuses intended to placate the likes of me while those and such as those continue to rip us off. The same group of people who won’t need to worry about ticket ballots, because they will already have their freebies guaranteed.

    Our bosses throw around lots of figures about spend in 2014, as the Olympic team do, but no-one will answer my question “how much of it stays in the UK and how much of it goes back to the international companies who are taking the money?”

    Rant over, will go back to docile mode. 🙂

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    • 2. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  May 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Okay Iain,

      Ooooo, I love a challenge. I have read your comments very carefully and see where you are coming from…… I think that we may agree to differ on some points but that is healthy, I am happy with that. I will not try to persuade you to my side of the fence but I will add a few points of my own below:-

      1. They have been open about the funding and using private funds as well as lottery money to create the infrastructure and to be able to host the Olympic Games. Hosting the Games is an honour (in my humble opinion) but I agree that funding can come from the private sector to help cut the costs.
      2. Sport used to be truly amateur but there were grey areas for a very long time. I remember the days of ‘boot money’ to encourage players in the amateur sports. Isn’t it better to allow open financing of sport and sportsmen and women to keep under the counter tactics to a minimum? I am not daft enough to believe that sport is all open and honest, we can all read. However, the system now is better than the so-called good old days when amateurism was theoretically in place but all deals were hidden and somehow ‘dirty’
      3. I truly regret any funding that has been diverted from worthy organisations to fund the Olympics. However, there is an ongoing reality that there are tough choices all the time for Lottery funding to all those who apply, in this there will always be those who gain and those who don’t. I wish this were not the case but it is.
      4. Employment. The building works for the Olympic infrastructure have brought jobs to the building industry at a time when jobs have dried up over the rest of the UK. This is a good thing in these times. This work will also continue after the event as they realign the stadium, parks and houses to be usable and not create a white elephant. Having longer-term plans in place strikes me as much better planning that was considered, for instance, for the Millennium Dome? It was a long time before this was anything but a large building (and not such a pretty one at that).
      5. Bread and circuses to placate the common man? I know the arguments that sport is a sop for the masses, the Roman Gladatorial Games are a prime example. That may be the case but I still love sport and watching those at their peak trying to run faster, leap higher, throw further. As I said in the post, my admiration for those who strive to excel will never diminish.

      You know I am not a Tory, not am I a leftie, you know me to be the wee wet middle-ground liberal (small ‘l’ please) that I know I am. I am happy with my point of view but I do understand yours too. Life, funding, Government will always be a series of tough choices, they will never combine to keep all of us happy.

      I hope my reply isn’t too ranty? You take care hun.

      Lesley xx

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