Sunday, 9 August 2015

Reasons to count my blessings Numbers 31 and 32

Reasons 31 and 32

People who give free time to help others

I spent this morning- and last week, with my musician friends. 
Today we were playing music for the end of a walk. Marc was a young islander who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17 and who died 2 years later. His father set up a charity walk in his name, which helps the teenage cancer trust and others like them to raise awareness, and much needed money.
The walk has been running for 5 years and we got involved in the second year when we met Willy ( his father) in a bar we were playing. This is our fourth time of turning out to play for the walkers as they come in from their route.
The walk has 4 possibilities: 3, 7, 12 and 15 miles. This means that people wander in to the gardens on the St Helier seafront from around 11 a.m. to about 2 p.m. They then relax on the grass with their water or coffee and cupcakes which are provided by other helpers. 
After last night's ceilidh my blisters were growing blisters by the time we finished, but it is satisfying to feel useful, and to give up our time to play music, when others are walking, is humbling. Many of the people who walked were cancer suffers, or had family members who had had problems. The orange t-shirts are a nod towards the fact that Willy is a Dutchman

This little cutie has a tumour behind her eye. Wishing her all the best


  1. Playing music at such worthwhile events must be so satisfying and enlightening. You mention the bravery of the walkers and the fact that they are all raising money for charity, is heartening. It looks as if you had perfect weather for the event!

  2. I actually got a little sunburnt :-) We were playing through the middle of the day, and the sea breeze kept us cool.

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