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Captain Tom Moore Captures Hearts-Raises Millions for NHS

“We will get through this and come out of it stronger, more united and ready to face any challenge together.”

CAPTAIN TOM MOORE

Watching Captain Tom Moore walk back and forth across the garden outside his flat, I am amazed by his resolve, his spirit, his power. He decided to begin a fundraising campaign for NHS Charities Together, a coalition of charities supporting staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. He started with a goal of 125 meters (25 yards per day) laps of his garden using his walker. He called it “Tom’s 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS“.

He started walking on April 6 and created a fundraiser on justgiving.com where his initial goal was to raise £5000. By April 16, he had already raised over £1 million and he achieved his initial target of 100 laps while a guard of honour for the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment who maintained social distance and stood by respectfully, saluting as he made his final laps. 

When we started off with this exercise we didn’t anticipate we’d get anything near that sort of money. It’s really amazing. All of them, from top to bottom, in the National Health Service, they deserve everything that we can possibly put in their place. They’re all so brave. Because every morning or every night they’re putting themselves into harm’s way, and I think you’ve got to give them full marks for that effort. We’re a little bit like having a war at the moment. But the doctors and the nurses, they’re all on the front line, and all of us behind, we’ve got to supply them and keep them going with everything that they need, so that they can do their jobs even better than they’re doing now.

Captain Tom Moore
After Reaching £5 million in Funds for the NHS

To celebrate his 100th lap, singer Michael Ball sang You’ll Never Walk Alone  as a tribute to him and the performance was made into a digital single featuring Captain Moore’s spoken words and the NHS Voices of Care Choir .  Released by Decca Records on April 17, the recording hit No. 1 on the UK Charts on April 24. The recording is available from this Michael Ball link with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together

99 year old Captain Tom Moore continues to inspire millions of people after raising over £29 million for the NHS. He has received thousands of award nominations for the prestigious CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and has been shortlisted for the honours list which will be presented at Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday celebration in June. He was awarded the Pride of Britain Award on April 23, and has, to date, inspired all of us in many ways.

Happy Birthday and  thank  you,  Captain Moore!! We will all be celebrating with you on April 30th!

Timeline of Captain Tom Moore’s Amazing Walk

April 6, 2020Captain Moore sets out to walk 100 laps of his garden with the goal of raising £5000 for the UK NHS
April 10, 2020£1000 target hit- a new goal was set for “Tom’s 100th birthday walk to £100k for our amazing NHS
April 11, 2020£100,000 target reached – a new goal is set at £250,000
April 12, 2020£250,000 goal reached – Goal raised to £1,000,000
April 14, 2020£1,000,000 plus achieved
April 16, 2020Captain Tom Moore reaches his goal of 100 laps of his garden with the Honour Guard standing by.
April 17, 2020Dekka records releases a digital recording of You’ll Never Walk Alone, (with proceeds going NHS Charities Together)
featuring Captain Tom, Michael Ball, and the NHS Voices of Care Choir.
April 24, 2020You’ll Never Walk Alone becomes the No. 1 hit in the UK, making Captain Moore UK Singles Chart,
making Captain Moore the oldest person to achieve the position after Tom Jones.
I am sure there will be more to follow 🙂

Bohemian (Virus) Rhapsody Spreads

These Bohemian Rhapsody Coronavirus parodies have had me humming Bohemian Rhapsody for the past week. I love Queen, there is no doubt that Freddy Mercury and his band were performers in a class of their own. Of course, Bohemian Rhapsody is right up there as a favorite song. It has become the basis for many of the new genre of songs related to the Coronavirus. Just for fun, and here are a few of the renditions out there.

Whether you are a fan of Mr. Trump or not, this is a masterpiece of mixing and dubbing.

This is a really fun rendition which was recorded for fun in isolation by members of Phoenix Chamber Choir from Vancouver, BC, Canada in March of 2020.

  • Lyrics: Dana Jay Bein http://www.danajaybein.com (slightly adapted)
  • Original Music: Freddie Mercury
  • Arrangement: adapted from Rockapella by Carolyn Shiau
  • Editing: Carolyn Shiau and Vaughn Chauvin
  • Mixing: Tom Metzgers

Thank U Frontline: An Anthem of Gratitude

The Corona Virus has sparked a lot of great videos that not only showcase talent but provide for some comic relief in these days that bring headlines and news that is disturbing and depressing. We all appreciate those in the frontline, people that still have to go to work to take care of our needs and the needs of those we love. Thank U Frontline, by Chris Mann, is both entertaining and touching. It is a beautiful expression of gratitude to those that are in the trenches fighting the battle against Covid19.

Thank U Frontline

Chris Mann
(based on “Thank U” by Alanis Morissette)

How ’bout taking a moment to thank the frontline
How ’bout thinking of others who can’t stay home
How ’bout fighting to get these workers protection
How ’bout standing up for the ones we love

Thank you doctors
Thank you nurses
Thanks for working the frontline
Thank you scientists
Thank you pharmacists
Thanks for working overtime

How ’bout reigning it in for the bigger picture
How ’bout putting another before yourself
How ’bout appreciating what we took for granted (Everything)
How ’bout slow clapping those who are soldiering on, ey

Thank you Amazon
Thank you grocery clerks
Thank you all-night truck drivers
Thank you janitors
Thanks mail carriers
Thank you selfless volunteers

The moment we can all buckle down
The sooner the moment this all will be over
There’s so many ways to help out
Let us start by giving thanks
(Thanks!)

To everyone who’s sick we’re sending you love
To everyone who’s struggling, I feel you (I so do)
How ’bout governing without all the politics
How’ bout working together for the greater good

Thank you garbage men
Firewomen
Teachers holding class online
Thank you companies
changing strategies
To make more medical supplies

Factory workers
First responders
Civil service employees
Thank you farmers
Thank you journalists
Thank you military
Bless the unemployed
The house workers
And the work-at-home parents

Thank you, thank you

How To Be Intriguing

I often feel quite uninteresting, sometimes to the point of being dull beyond belief.  I spend a lot of time writing, which, by its very nature, is alone time.  Then after I have written something, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make people interested in it.  Unfortunately, not everyone is interested in what I have to say.  In fact, most of what I have to say matters to me, but not to the rest of the world.  So I was lucky to find this video from Sam Horn that inspired and motivated me.  My catch phrase is “See Be Do – See it! Be it! Do it!” – works for me, what works for you?

Sam Horn is the author of  Got Your Attention?: How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone, which provides great insights into how to be intriguing in life and business. Some of the key ideas she puts forth include: Ask  questions based on pertinent facts

Did you know…? People like to hear interesting facts – it not only provides them with information but it makes you appear well-educated and informed.

Make what you say memorable and repeatable. Do you have a catch-phrase, a favourite quote, story or fact?  Use it –make your talk viral.

Show and ask.  Don’t show and tell.  Make sure people relate.  Make a proposal, provide a solution, describe a problem and ask how the other person relates to it. A

Ask lots of questions. Engage others by asking questions – Has this ever happened to you? Did you ever…? Have you experienced..?  

Keep abreast of current trends, news, and stories New information is good information.  Be hip.  Be amusing. Be interesting.

Kermit the Frog’s Rainbow Connection – Happy Songs

Sometimes you just need something to lift you up – to put you in one of those light-hearted moods that were the earmarks of childhood.  Nobody can do that better than Kermit the Frog and the words and music of Paul Williams’  The Rainbow Connection. I happen to be a big fan of Kermie and Paul Williams, who has earned my respect after I recently watched Paul Williams Still Alivewhich I found to be very inspirational in and of itself. Naturally the Rainbow Connection touches all of us in different ways, but one thing that can probably be be said about it almost universally is that it will lift your spirits.

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