Everyone's a Winner in the Vancouver Marathon
It was Sunday, May 1st on the day of the Vancouver Marathon, and the early morning was alive with anticipation, sunshine and a record breaking number of 16,500 runners. They came from over 60 countries around the world.
I was one of the early birds cheering on Safe Fleet’s United Against Bullying team from the Seon division based in Coquitlam and the Bus & Rail division in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our team ran to raise $2,233 for I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society; to support a free text messaging service for youth needing help with bullying issues.
The Ripple Effect
Many of the city’s buses were rerouted and I found myself stranded in my efforts to get to the relay exchange zone to cheer on my team mates. A ‘rescue’ bus pulled up, and the driver said he could take me wherever I was going – just like a knight in shining armor. No one else was on the bus, so I sat up front and we talked about the race. I shared our company’s passion to help stop bullying and to support kindness and compassion.
The driver shared his personal story on bullying and I heard about the positive ripple effects possible even from painful bullying experiences. The driver had been bullied in high school. When he had his family, he taught his children what to do if bullied, how to help other kids being bullied and made sure his kids weren’t bullies. His daughter’s first baby was due that very day and he proudly said that now his daughter would teach her child about bullying, and how to be kind and compassionate.
At the end of the day I walked away from the finish line still thinking about the bus driver’s story. He and his family, all of the participants at the Vancouver Marathon, the generous donors, plus all of the kids who would text ‘211’ 2TALK to a professional for help with bullying issues, were all winners.
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