I spent yesterday morning crying, I mean, volunteering at Rotary Happy Feet. A joint production of Mount Pleasant and East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Clubs, Happy Feet gives school shoes and socks to children whose parents could otherwise not afford them.
I cried, because I helped Jonathan. He's already a heartbreaker, and he's only four.
My friend Steve Burns is insane. Really, truly cray-cray. But, because he's lost it over bicycles, I'm willing to tolerate him. His work for World Bicycle Relief beats the crap out of my Natchez Trace Walk. Read his words below, and take action if that's your pleasure.
Bikes for the People!
In 2010, I was lucky to lead a team of 12 people to England for a Rotary Friendship Exchange. We spent two weeks in the Midlands, first in Peterborough, then in Northampton, and finally in Loughborough/Leicester.
For five nights, Alan and Margaret Bothamley hosted me, my travel partner Alison Dailey and Sam and Stella Hazel. Four strangers in their warm and welcoming home, where we devoured their food, emptied bottles of gin and partied every night, plastering everything with our colloquial American patois.
Their first question? "Are you and Alison a couple?"
At the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, I was lucky to attend a lively discussion about shit. Because Jack Sim says, "When we're children, our parents tell us not to talk about shit."
Jack Sim is known around the world as Mr. Toilet, founder of the World Toilet Organization. His mission is simple: give every person on earth a pot to shit in.
Literacy is one of the cornerstones of Rotary. Reading bends minds in new directions. It revolutionizes world view. Words inspire creativity. Challenge. Change.
At the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Rotarians are building a book labyrinth to support Pathways Through Literacy. Every book contributed to the labyrinth will go to Australian children to support reading.