The following is an email that was received through the Tour De Cure website and read out loud to the riders and crew of this years event as we enjoyed dinner in Albury on the way to Melbourne.
"Yesterday I was driving into work and was stopped at a roundabout as a group of cyclists drove through. Being accustomed to the groups of athletes we often get training in Jindabyne, I was very surprised when one of the first riders waved a thank-you (even though they had right of way) followed closely by another rider. In total six riders acknowledged the cars at the roundabout. I was intrigued as to who this friendly group were, and then understood when the support car with Tour de Cure
drove past (also waving). Having just finished being involved with the committee of Relay for Life
at Jindabyne, I know the work that goes into staging such an event - both physically and emotionally. I also know that it's just not about fund-raising, but awareness and support. Waiting at the roundabout was quite a poignant moment for me as I was awaiting my own results which would probably arrive whilst I was at work that afternoon (I work at the Doctor's surgery so get this information regularly - however not normally my own). Having this team of friendly cyclists whizz past with a goal of fighting cancer was inspiring. When I collected my son after work he was so excited about the Tour deCure. Two of the riders talked to him at school and he told one all about his new mountain bike and how he was in the mountain biking club. He also had a bag of goodies - which included a
. We started reading it this morning whilst he was telling me one day he would like to be in the Tour de Cure. It's amazing how timely that book is - tonight we will tell him that I have breast cancer. Luckily it was picked up early due to high risk MRI screening. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for you efforts, for talking to an eight year old boy and giving him a book that has more relevance than you realised, for waving at the stopped traffic, and for working so hard for this worthy cause".
It's the simple things in life that often have the biggest impact. A simple smile, a simple wave, a simple conversation with a child simply taking interest in someone else's world or simply going out of your way to do something for someone else. Da Vinci once said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" and this email shows that the simplest things can start a ripple effect that can have a massive impact for others.