Coming from such a comparative background of privilege and witnessing lives that in many cases have very little hope of a bright future provides a powerful incentive to make any small impact I could to benefit children's lives. I was powerless to help the children I saw when I was away, but I knew I could make a difference to those in the UK.
Well I am off to Brazil in a few days to prepare the trail for this year's UVU Jungle Marathon. Always a hugely exhausting few weeks as the Brazilians in the Amazon region do tend to have the "never-do-today-what-you-can-put-off-until-next-week" syndrome. It's hard to motivate them and often frustrating.