Encouraging comments

NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Dear Friends and Rotarians:

Over the last week I have been receiving cheques almost daily from Rotarians and friends who had previously pledged support to PolioPlus through Hans Walk to Beat Polio.  As the cheques arrived, some were accompanied with little notes of encouragement to Hans.  I forwarded each one to him, and hes very grateful.  He hasnt had Internet access for 6 days so he read all the good wishes and encouragement today, October 22.  Below is what he wrote:

I really appreciate the words and comments of encouragement.  Please continue sending them to me. 

The Camino France was difficult but frankly this walk, at least to this point, is significantly harder and the encouragement from everybody really helps.  Ill write a bit about my tribulations a bit later.  These encouragements really make a difference and lift my spirits.  I have had a few challenging and trying days with severe weather conditions to deal with and nagging physical issues.  Nothing serious but things which make the walk trying.  Still, Im doing okay for a guy whos 63 years old.

There is no place on this website for people who read it to leave their comments and notes of encouragement .  So when I get one, and if the author has no objection, Ill post it here.

Heres one of the longer notes Hans received, and Id like to share it:

I am writing to tell you that I think you're amazing.

I tell people you're walking across Spain and their eyes boggle. Then I tell them how far it is and they look shocked. And then I tell them it's to help raise money for Rotary's fight against polio, and they're moved. We're all moved. (Not as moved as you, walking 1,000 km, but still!)

You are incredible. You just decide to do something, and do it, and I don't know anyone else who is like that. It doesn't matter if it's hard or a challenge, or takes months of preparation and planning... you just do it and make it happen.

You're going to change people's lives doing this. People will live better lives because you decided that instead of just walking across Spain --as though that weren't enough -- you were going to raise money to fight a horrible disease while you did. Kids will be able to run. Women will have children and families. Men will be able to work, when otherwise, they would have lived lives trapped in crippled bodies. You are doing this. You are changing people's lives.

I'm in awe of you most of the time. But never more than now. I think about you every day. I send you love and good thoughts and strength. And if you do this walk again, I'm going to come with you. I want to be a part of this. And I want to live up to the example you set.

I am so proud of you.

Favorite Dotter, awed

 Above, photo of "Favourite Dotter" and "Favourite Dad"