Archive for May, 2008

A letter from Paul Mercurio

Monday, May 26th, 2008

I am involved in raising funds for the Olivia Newton John Cancer Hospital and research facility being built in Melbourne. We began the fundraising effort with a huge media push focused around a group of cancer survivors walking various parts of the Great Wall of China for one month. I was lucky enough to join the walk for two amazing days – amazing because of actually walking some very serious and remote parts of the wall and amazing because I got to meet and hear some very moving stories from people who have had and beat cancer. All of us – the people doing the walk – are on the website – www.greatwalktobeijing.com – and we are lobbing everyone we know to get on line and sponsor us.
Although the walk has now finished we are still asking people to continue to donate to the cause by sponsoring a walker and thereby continue to raise funds. The goal is to raise 5 million and we have so far raise 2 million which is great. Sadly though when I got back from my walk I received news that two people I knew had passed away from cancer and that another two people I knew had been diagnosed and neither were curable. It bought home to me that whilst we had finished the walk – the first part of the journey to raise funds, there is much much more to do and so The Journey Continues.
For that reason I would ask of you for three favours – firstly that you personally get on the web site and sponsor me, secondly that you send this email around to all of your employees, partners, customers, friends and family etc asking them to sponsor me and thirdly that if you have a large company with various offices etc that you as a Company sponsors me.
The exciting thing is if everyone that I have spoken to on the street and via the TV and radio interviews I have done to promote this event sponsored me for $2 we could raise between half a million to one million dollars!! So I am not asking for anyone to make a large $ donation although that is always appreciated! I am simply asking people just to take the time to log on to the website and sponsor me for what ever amount they wish. The more people that do this the more money we will raise without breaking any ones bank or any Company’s sponsorship budget. Thus the importance to send this email out to as many people as possible – it is a volume game.
It will take a few minutes out of your day and $2 (or more if you wish) out of your bank account. Click on to the website then click on sponsor a walker, scroll down and find my picture and click on where it says sponsor me now. Now click in the sponsor box and select an amount or type an amount in then select add to cart and on the next page select cart. On the next page select the payment button, fill in your details then select payment and put in your credit card details and follow the prompts to finalise your sponsorship.
Easy! So please I am not asking for a lot of money but I am asking that you take the time to send this email on to your friends, employees, partners, friends, family and customers and that you also take the few minutes needed to sponsor me and make a difference to those that are effected by cancer.
Many thanks to you.
Paul Mercurio

Sad

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I am sad for I know no song
I am sad for I am a man who has lost his music
My life is empty where once it was vibrant
Rythym lies beneath the silence
Ready to soar to its natural note
But remains voiceless
For I know no song
I am a garden without a rose
A river without water
A night without stars
I am barren
I am songless
A man should never be thus
For it is the music in ones heart
That beats out the metre to ones journey
It is the timbre and pitch that lends one
Strength and softness
It is the structure and depth that gives one
Passion and desire
It is the silence between the notes
That brings one to know the soul
And in knowing the soul
One sings
With clarity
With freedom
With abandonment
With truth
And with a knowing that only comes
When one reclaims his music

Sad

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I am sad for I know no song
I am sad for I am a man who has lost his music
My life is empty where once it was vibrant
Rythym lies beneath the silence
Ready to soar to its natural note
But remains voiceless
For I know no song
I am a garden without a rose
A river without water
A night without stars
I am barren
I am songless
A man should never be thus
For it is the music in ones heart
That beats out the metre to ones journey
It is the timbre and pitch that lends one
Strength and softness
It is the structure and depth that gives one
Passion and desire
It is the silence between the notes
That brings one to know the soul
And in knowing the soul
One sings
With clarity
With freedom
With abandonment
With truth
And with a knowing that only comes
When one reclaims his music