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's challenging to be apart from each other and adjust to this new normal. We have to follow distancing rules all around us that we are not allowed to break.
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 from cancer can seem hard while we can feel far apart and disconnected from one another. Even still, even despite our physical boundaries and personal isolation, the world recently witnessed something that shows us everyone is capable of incredible things and making a difference no matter the boundaries we face, and no matter what life throws our way.
This July, just before his 100th birthday, 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 knighted by the Queen after COVID-19 mission, Today Show Australia
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 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”
Tom faced cancer and was helped through it with the compassionate support of his health carers. In the COVID pandemic when his health workers - his heroes - are struggling, Tom decided to support them with his walking fundraiser, and 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 in an initiative like Tom's, which is not only good for our health, but also brings us together, united in a common cause that can change the lives of many 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, and 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