Today was a busy day. Early this afternoon, my wife and I joined two of my colleagues – Maarit Kaaihue and Bill Fukui from Page 1 Solutions on a 5K walk in support of the Second Wind Foundation of Metro Denver – an organization dedicated to preventing teen suicide. At Page 1, we have been supporting Second Wind for two or three years and were very pleased to see so many people turn out at the Jeffco Fairgrounds for the Walk/Run/Bike event. Organizers said that there were 4,000 people this year – up from last year’s record of 3,000. This year the walk seemed easier and shorter – probably because I have been doing so much hiking all summer. It was a lot of fun.
This evening my wife and son went to the Journey of Hope Benefit Concert at Red Rocks. The event featured several bands and the Colorado Childrens Chorale – along with Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea. The event was inspiring. In addition to Greg Mortenson, the stars of the show were his daughter and five other children who had started foundations help impoverished children in the US, Africa and South America. The foundations included the Little Red Wagon Foundation, Peruvian Hearts, and Africaid, among others. Pennies for Peace sponsored the event.
There were a number of messages throughout the evening, but the central theme seemed to be that each of us can make a difference. Even if we only help one child learn to read, that is one more literate child who will grow up to make a difference. Bottom line, if each of us acts, we can change the world.