60 Seconds: The First Step Was the Hardest. [Sir Tom Moore]
by Diane Wyzga | February 8, 2021 | 60 Seconds, Podcast | 0 comments
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What started out as a family joke to encourage their father and grandfather to continue exercising after hip surgery and maybe raise some money during COVID became a resolute labor of love. On April 6, 2020, Tom Moore, a 99-year old WWII veteran began to walk 100 laps around his garden patio to help raise £1,000 for Britain’s National Health Service by his 100th birthday. He said he wanted to support Britain’s medical workers during the pandemic, just as the country had backed him during his army days.
Over the 24-day course of walking laps and 2 weeks before his 100th birthday Mr. Moore raised £32.79 million (worth almost £39 million with expected tax rebates). “The first step was the hardest,” he said in May 2020. “After that, I got into the swing of it and kept on going.” Ironically, the man who did so much for so many himself died from COVID on February 2,2021.
Practical Tip: “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” [Amelia Earhart]
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