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Who Do You Want to Carry the Torch?

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 – 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.


May 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm 2 comments


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