Send-off remarks delivered by Bob Laughton
really set the tone for the 2 1/2 day challenge.
My comments this morning will be directed to the riders. I will begin at the end. The end of the ride that is a snapshot of what awaits you on completing your challenge journey:riders in formation proudly proceeding down Richmond Road to the reception at Bushtukah; members of the public looking on; family members and supporters awaiting in the reception area; banners and balloons, refreshments, the welcome back ceremonies; and pervading it all, a great team spirit and euphoria – part relief, part pride arising from the fact that your challenge has been met and together conquered.
All this and more awaits you as you set forth this morning on another epic annual Ride To Turn The Tide – a daunting 2 ½ day, 260 km challenge in support of the African grannies and their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS, who depend on them.
You are assisting in providing to those orphaned children a present and a future – otherwise denied them by the scourge of this deadly disease.
This ride continues the remarkable tradition of excellence established by those who have ridden before you over the years.
It has been observed that our self-absorbed, hi-tech work is the first generation since the days of caveman to spend hours starring at a flickering light. NOT YOU You have given of yourselves in training hard and raising funds for a most worthwhile cause.
You recognize that an effort made for the happiness and well-being of others raises us above ourselves.
You reflect the wisdom Étienne de Grellet, a Quaker missionary, who wrote: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any human being let me do it now. Let me not defer it or reject it for I shall not pass this way again.”
You are an inspiration to us all.
All of us here this morning wish you a safe enjoyable ride. We will be on hand to greet you on your return.
GO RIDE WITH PRIDE
HELP TO TURN THE TIDE