Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Making a Difference

It’s inspiring to hear about people out there that are passionate about making a difference in their community.  When I first saw this clip about Terrance Wallace, he became one of those inspiring people.  What Terrance has done is set up a hostel in the Auckland Grammar enrolment zone (one of NZ’s top boys schools) to enable boys from disadvantaged backgrounds to have the educational opportunities they would not otherwise have.

I’ve done a bit of voluntary work for community organisations over the years, and I can appreciate the amount of work it would have taken to get something like this actually up and running.  Having the vision is one thing, getting out there, finding sponsors and funding, the necessary property, recruiting the boys, persuading the parents, working through various rules, regulations and red tape – that all takes a lot of time, commitment and effort.

What Terrance has achieved is to build a community, a team of boys who will support and encourage each other to achieve their ambitions.  It’s not just about being able to attend a school that would be beyond the reach of their families, its the way they’re doing it together, and the mentoring and support from Terrance to practically demonstrate to them how they can become the men they have the potential to be.

This is faith in action.  This is what happens when people are prepared to stand up and make a difference.

I may not have the vision and passion of Terrance, but I do have the ability to make a difference to someone in the community I’m part of, even if it’s just one other person.  Each of us has that capacity.  Stories like this one inspire and encourage me to go out there and be part of the Answer.

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This is a sponsored post but opinions are my own.


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