Day 53 – The Kindness of Strangers
Tonight I attended an early boxing session. I really like the early sessions for a few reasons. It is less busy – there is space to move around and everyone gets some one to one time with the trainer who is running the class because they can focus on each individual to help them out. My friends are there – I used to attend this time slot a lot before all the White Collar training started, so it was really nice to see some of my familiar faces at the gym again. I can get home in decent time to do work – usually I get home around 8:00 or 8:30 (or later if traffic is horrible) and then I eat dinner and usually fall asleep on the sofa by 9:30pm. So at least tonight, I have some time to get things accomplished which I very much need to do!
The session seemed to fly by tonight – probably because Rey was keeping us busy with exercises and circuits that we didn’t notice the time. Overall it was nice to switch it up a bit and work with different people than I have been lately. My arms are feeling a bit tired and my right side of my neck and shoulder need some TLC. Thankfully Maria, my sports massage therapist, had room in her schedule for me on Saturday. I am really looking forward to seeing her and working out the kinks in my body. No pain, no gain… and with her there is sure to be pain!
Today things have really started to come together – especially in terms of donations for an upcoming raffle that we will be holding. I threw it out to my Facebook friends to see if anyone had any ideas of what to look for in terms of donation prizes and friends came back with offers of things to donate. I was so impressed by how generous people have been and I think because the items are so fantastic we will be able to raise a lot of money from this initiative. We have received things like: memberships to bootcamps, beautiful Georg Jensen wine and bar items, a 3 night stay in a villa in Phuket, signed Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao boxing gloves, free tickets to the White Collar boxing event and dining vouchers to name only a few. AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait to get the ball rolling on this part of the fundraising… I will keep you posted on how you can get your hands on some raffle tickets for these amazing prizes soon.
Not only was I so impressed with how my friends have come together to support me, I was also blown away by the generosity of people I actually have never met.
Firstly, I have gotten to know a wonderful woman named Bev from back in Canada. Bev and I have never met in person, but a few years ago she was passed along some information about me raising money to build houses in Cambodia. Despite not knowing me, nor ever writing, talking or seeing me at all – she donated to the cause. She has supported me in various initiatives throughout the past few years and she never ceases to amaze me how she always takes the time to give to others. We now correspond on Facebook every now and then, but I think it is time I actually meet Bev the next time I go home. I would like to say thank you to her in person.
Secondly, on Sunday, I sent out emails to Canadian businesses located here in Singapore. I got a reply from one of them yesterday. I was happy to just get a reply to be honest, but the message attached was even better. Unfortunately the bank that this individual worked for was not able to support my request for a donation because they already have fundraising initiatives that are set up through the company. However, the individual I specifically wrote to said that he wanted to make a donation himself. And he did. I am genuinely impressed with this stranger, because he could have just deleted my email or not bothered to even read it. Instead, he read it, responded and helped despite not knowing me at all.
And who says we can’t rely on the kindness of strangers?