Yesterday, between Walpole and no place in particular, I found a young man alone. He was marching down the gravel roadside in strides too big for his boyish frame. Whatever pushed him gave no pause.
I thought he was a runaway.
As I approached on my bike, he removed his sunglasses and stirred as if from a dream. A big smile stretched across his windburned face.
And so I met Jimmy.
At the tender age of 20 he decided to walk around Australia – 18,000 km in all – to raise money for children with brain and spinal cord tumors. Since starting in Adelaide in May, he has collected nearly $15,000 in donations from corporate sponsors and anonymous supporters on the street.
I don’t share Jimmy’s story to entice people to loosen their purse strings. They can if they wish – that’s their business and not mine.
But perhaps take a moment to send him a word of encouragement, to tell him his heart is in the right place and the world is that much better for it. You might even tell Jimmy that he inspires you.