1 WEEK FOR STREAT. Helping Homeless.
I read an email from New York based icon Seth Godin last year that made me feel a little awkward. Here it is to get you up to speed:
When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.
When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.
When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.
When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.
When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.
When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.
When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.
When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.
When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.
And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.
When you read things like that, you can smile, nod, agree, disagree or change. It was an interesting moment for me as I am happy with my life. I am a good father with healthy 3 kids, Mia 6, Kai, 3 and Pip (3 months). I run a company working with globally recognised brands. I work with small business bringing strategy, change and momentum to companies which I love. However, it was these 3 lines that got me more than anything. Here they are again:
#1. When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.
#2. When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
#3. And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.
The thing that got me first was the line highlighted as #1. Raising the bar. I have competed for fun at triathlon, ocean swimming and more recently touch football. I am a regular surfer and skater and love skating with my 3 year old. When it comes to business, my mantra is to raise the bar. Sport… its to have fun. Maybe time to raise the bar there too.
Whilst I am doing those things, there are kids, living on the street without the chance to surf, or skate, or swim. Who struggle to even find a meal for breakfast. So my mind kept racing around this point: When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
Enter 1 WEEK FOR STREAT. I decided to give my mate Adam Webb a call to see if he was interested in partnering with me on the Terra Ausralis in March 2010. The Terra Ausralis is a 550km mountain bike race through the Victorian Alpine across 7 days. Whilst the idea of the challenge spoke directly to “raising the bar”, it didn’t relate to inspiring anyone other than myself. I had been a long time admirer since I read about Rebecca Scott, the co-founder for STREAT. An innovative Melbourne based company. Their mission is to help homeless youth find employment in the food industry by developing the necessary skill-set through training and on the job experience. Currently there are over 7000 homeless in Melbourne alone.
Adam is a passionate guy who does a lot of work creating awareness and contributing to socially conscious organizations. He writes a new blog called the ” the movement project” which keeps the world informed about remarkable people, doing remarkable things. So, quite comfortably, Adam was in with a tentative yes.
The next step was to contact Rebecca from STREAT to create, 1 WEEK FOR STREAT. The team at Streat were more than happy to support the venture and in no time, the founders of the Terra Australis, Finish Line Events also threw in their support by providing us with free entry into the race with the funds going to help the Melbourne street kids.
Let me paint you a quick picture:
- I am a father of 3 energetic beautiful little monsters
- I have ridden a mountain bike once in my life for around 1 hour
- I have a company which i spend more than 60 hours a week managing
- I am currently weighing in at 96kg and I am 6″1′ = Overweight
- I have arthritis in my left knee and no cartilage in my right knee from various skiing accidents from the years teaching skiing & snowboarding.
- The race starts in 138 days
- I have a very supportive wife (hope she reads this )
So, here I sit, ready to start my training to help raise $20,000 to dedicate to the homeless youth to help find employment.
I will be updating our progress from time to time on uncluttered white spaces as we have a lot of readers who can certainly help change someone’s life. Whilst giving money isn’t the solution, contributing to a homeless child’s situation and confidence, creating skills to re-enter the workforce is. That is what we are doing, raising funds to help STREAT change lives. That feels really good. Hope you can help.
Adam and I are writing a weekly blog for the event over at the Terra Australis web site called one teams journey. You can stay up to date with the movements through the site.
Now for the hard part, 7 days on a mountain bike in the Victorian Alpine.
Que. the butterflies.
To learn more about the Terra Australis click here. To help support us on our journey by donating, the web site will go live shortly so please email Ben (thats me) for further ways to help out. To learn more about STREAT click here.
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