2020 is the year of COVID-19. It feels like the world has come to a standstill; isolated from friends and family, distanced from the ones we love - it has been challenging to be apart from each other and adjust to this new normal. We have to be aware and follow social distancing rules that are all around us.
In this pandemic that has stopped the world in its tracks, something that doesn't follow any rules is cancer. Cancer doesn't stop for anyone, and it can be a silent challenge for any child or family who is isolated by their cancer experience.
Supporting our Camp Quality family through their own kind of isolation due to cancer can seem hard while we feel far apart and disconnected from one another. Yet even still, despite our physical boundaries and personal isolation, the world recently saw something that shows us that everyone is capable of incredible things and making a difference - no matter what the boundaries we face, and no matter what life throws our way.
This July, just before his 100th birthday, British war veteran Tom Moore turned his social isolation into something helpful by walking laps in his garden with his walking frame. He set himself a target of walking the 25 metres around his garden 100 times, and created a fundraiser for his walking mission with the aim of raising 1000 pounds for healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19. People were so touched by Tom's devotion to this cause that he ended up raising more than $60 million dollars! Then, when the Queen saw what he’d achieved, she decided to give Tom a knighthood. That means he’s a Sir now!
Inspiring veteran Tom Moore was knighted by the Queen after a hugely successful COVID-19 fundraising mission for healthcare workers. Credit: Today Show.
Captain Tom Moore is a national hero - all from walking in his garden for a good cause. Physical boundaries didn't discourage Tom from making his impact and standing up for a cause that he believes in.
Among Tom's influences for his fundraiser was the care he received from healthcare workers while he was being supported through his own cancer experience.
“For all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.”
When Tom faced cancer he was helped through it with the compassionate support of his health carers. During the COVID pandemic when healthcare workers - his heroes - were struggling, Tom decided to support them with a walking fundraiser and, in the process, helped them see a light at the end of the tunnel.
The inspiring Captain Tom Moore documenting his mission.
The more Camp Quality found out about Tom's initiative, the more we realised how much of a difference we can make if we stand together. A mission like Tom's is not only good for our health, it has the power to bring us together. It unites us in a common cause that can change the lives of many. The best part is it can all be done with a simple activity in our back garden: walking.
Following in Tom's footsteps, we're running a fundraising event of our own. Camp Quality's Big Walk for Little Kids is a virtual walking challenge that suits all fitness levels, where you can challenge yourself to walk 25km, 50km or 100km in the month of October. It's a great excuse to get active, feel great and support kids facing cancer.
Captain Tom Moore crossing the finish line!
Tom is proof that there is no age or health barrier to getting active. Even isolation can't stop us from raising money and making a difference for a cause that truly matters in the lives of so many.
Our Camp Quality family are standing up in the face of cancer every day, like heroes and champions who never give up. Our daily heroes may feel isolated by cancer, but we can stand with them. Like Tom, anyone can be a hero. Anyone can change the world. Will you be one of them?
Will you walk with us?
“We will get through this and come out of it stronger, more united and ready to face any challenge together.”
- Captain Sir Tom Moore
Sign up to Camp Quality's Big Walk for Little Kids and Walk With Us: https://fundraise.campquality.org.au/event/big-walk-for-little-kids/home