If you were given US$1 billion dollars, what would you do with it? How much would you keep and how much would you give you charity? It's a powerful question that prompts a lot of different answers and emotions. It's a question that we hope the world will be asking itself from today... but more on that shortly.
We began the run last Sunday, on a non-descript strip of shingle by the Black Sea. The weeks before were manic; assembling kit, trying to get on TV, fundraising, making arrangements for the final day half-marathon. In the swarm of last minute preparations, the reality of the run seemed distant. Standing on the beach in Odessa all that other stuff peters out.
My name is David Tait - I'm an NSPCC Trustee and 'charity mountaineer' having now successfully climbed Mount Everest four times - in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. I climb to raise both awareness and money for the many violated kids - one of which was me. This is my first of many dispatches that will accompany my effort to summit for the fifth time.
Right now, one in six workers is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress. This can stop people performing at their best. Too often, employees are scared to tell their manager about a mental health problem and managers are unsure how best to support staff when they do.
On 12 March I found myself, once again, transported from housewife and Inclusion Officer to Special Ambassador for Malaria No More UK. The Upper School where I work are very accommodating when I need a day off to be an Ambassador. They understand just what it means to me to be able to tell my late son, Harry's story and add my voice to the battle to help end deaths from malaria.
Let's face it, we've all heard people making fun of disability. Some comedians even make a habit of making disabled people the butt of cruel, thoughtless jokes. It's not that we can't joke about the subject, but the challenge is to get people to think, to consider the point that comedians are trying to make - the reality behind the humour.