Thoughts and love to Otesha Canada

17 Sep

We got some awful news at Otesha UK yesterday – a cycle tour member on an Otesha Canada tour (our kind of “parent” organisation) was killed in a collision with a lorry and two others are in hospital with what we believe are minor injuries. It is so, so sad and I can’t even imagine what the team over there are going through, so my thoughts and love go out to them and to the friends and family involved.

The person killed was a 23 year old man from Brooklyn, NY, called Andrew Wolf. I had never met Andrew or heard of him until yesterday, but I do know some things about him, as each person who signs up to an Otesha tour has these things in common: An incredible spirit. A thirst for adventure. A belief that the world can change for the better. A belief in themselves. Strong thighs, strong heart. A deep sense of morality. A smile. An inherent optimism and appreciation for people, beauty, nature, life. The ability to meet a stranger and soon enough, call them “family”. An open mind. A need to prioritise what’s important in life – people, experiences, contentment, our earth – over prestige or money.  A good sense of humour. An ability to laugh at themselves. Playfulness. A desire to connect with young people and pass on what they’ve learnt. A desire to stand up and be counted.

The world has lost another who was trying to change it for the better. Please, please, let’s do all we can to make cycling safer for ourselves and our loved ones.

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3 Responses to “Thoughts and love to Otesha Canada”

  1. hannamade September 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    At the request of Andrew Wolf’s family, a bursary fund has been set up to help support other young people like Andrew take part in a future cycling and performing tour and make a difference in the world. If you would like to donate, you can click here: http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=9420

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