I was not disappointed.
For a long time I’ve been following the exploits of Pat Farmer and the incredible work he has done for charities all over the world. This week I was given the opportunity to attend a fund raiser dinner (www.rundonnarun.com.au) where Pat was the guest speaker.
Before Pat took the stage, I was seated next to him at the table where we spoke quietly about running, adventure, charity work and basically I got to know the man behind his amazing story.
Then he took the stage and what followed will echo in my mind for a long time to come.
He told us with great passion about some of his unbelievable feats of endurance such as breaking records across deserts, running from one side of the U.S. to the other, literally running a lap around Australia and of course his most recent 11 month 20,000+ km run from the North to the South Pole without a single day off. From people that cannot possibly comprehend why someone would push themselves to such extremes, he often gets the question – “Why?”
Pat’s answer was perhaps one of the best I’ve heard for this often posed question.
“I do it because I feel an overwhelming need to justify every breath I take, because there are so many people that never get that chance”.
And justify it he does. Everything he does has a cause behind it. The money and awareness he has raised for various charities is mind boggling. He realizes that his special gift is running and that through it he can contribute to his world.
Thank you Pat, for showing us that anyone can make a difference. Thank you for being the kind of person that encourages leadership of self and others. Thank you for setting the bar high for all of us that have a gift to give (and we all do). And thank you for reminding us that the world is what we make it, so don’t waste one second – make it great.