“This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – one of my favourite quotes of all time, spoken by Neil Armstrong when Apollo 11’s astronauts landed on the moon; a seemingly impossible feat.
In that moment mankind had never achieved so much, it defined a generation and birthed a new brand of heroes. Kids began dreaming of being an astronaut and even adults began to believe in a life without limits.
No single act since then has inspired the world in the same way, but is that to say no heroes have been created since then either? The Oxford dictionary defines a hero as ‘a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.’ This year, I’m learning that heroes are everywhere.
David Bradley, DA–Vic’s champion fundraiser and health ambassador, continues to inspire me with his selflessness and determination. After his son Matthew was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012, David vowed to run 10km for every day in 2013 to raise awareness and funds for diabetes, so far he has raised $24,840.
David is a hero. Not just for the work he is doing for DA–Vic but for sharing his story with others to inspire them to follow his lead by taking part in Bupa Take Steps for Good Health this Sunday 01 December.
My good friend Dom Berry, a key DA–Vic supporter, is desperately trying to shed kilos from his huge frame to live an active and healthy life for his daughters. An 8km run was out of the question when he began training in October – now, he’ll be taking part on Sunday and could do it in his sleep. Dom is a hero.
Good health for those living with and without diabetes can seem like an impossible feat. In truth, it begins with one small step.
Join David, Dom, myself and thousands of others this Sunday 1 December 2013 as we take another small step towards good health – it could be the most important move you make.
Michael Goldman is the National Fundraising Director for Diabetes Australia and Director of Membership & Fundraising for Diabetes Australia – Vic. You can follow him on Twitter @MGoldmanDAVic. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog are his own.