Tessa Weekes at CariFin Volunteer Appreciation Function
My name is Tessa Weekes – a CariFin participant and Walking Champion.
I am pleased to be here today to relay thanks to the volunteers for their support at the games.
Volunteers are a special group of individuals who give of their time and talents for little reward or recognition. We are here today to rectify the latter. The planning and coordination of events take a lot of energy, drive, and passion. The proper execution of these events requires all hands on deck…you, the volunteers.
Volunteering is a very important responsibility which should not be taken lightly as your service determines the viability of the games. It is a thankless job and requires a lot of commitment on your part. But there is an upside to volunteering; as many studies have demonstrated helping others provides you with a sense of purpose and makes you happy; a little stressed, but still happy in the end.
We the participants may not realize all the work that goes on behind the scenes and in the forefront to ensure the success and continuity of the games. With your assistance and coordination, you the volunteers make this possible. I am reminded of the old adage ‘good help is hard to find’ but within the last 10 years of my participation, CariFin has had a consistent core of volunteers, for which we the participants are extremely grateful.
During the games, participants sometimes never get the opportunity to say thanks to all those who offer assistance, no matter the size of the contribution. So today on behalf of the participants I offer you the volunteers my heartfelt thanks for the excellent job that you do and hope for your continued support of the games.
The Dream…. Could he do it. Many had asked the question…. Some felt he was spent, too injured, too wounded from many years of pounding the on the road. Could he make it 5 in a row.
It was just a dream, a small dream when it started. Just as most seeds start, small but when dropped in rich moisture of the earth, they start to grow and develop into something big. This dream mirrored this reality, in the heart of this dreamer it found the imagination and passion to nurture, flourish and grow.
A dream to be the winner, the star, the dream of conquering everything, this was everything he dreamt for. The Games was coming up and the dream wouldn’t die. It bothered him every day and kept him awake most times at nights. Outburst with excitement, he would jump from his sleep as he sees himself chasing opponents in these duels in the night.
When he walked there was that bounce in his step, on his face was that smirk of a smile. In his eyes was that far away look, of a dreamer and in his posture was that proud movement of a great one.
The vision of him crossing the finish line bursting the tape and being crowned #1 was like a movie that occupied his mind daily. To be the champion to win at the Games was his passion.
It was the victor’s dream, the dream of becoming the champion of the Carifin Games 2013. To withstand all the competition and come out victorious, to be proclaim the best in the CariFin universe was all he ever pursued for.
It was a dream; it was a prayer, a prize he was never willing to share. He worked hard and all he ever hoped for was his prayers to be answered. You see to be a champion it takes more than chance, luck or great talent, the blessings must be with you and he knew it and he prayed; he had faith.
5 Times CariFin Cross Country winner Nikosi Mc Leish of RBC tells all to Sarah Radday – CariFin Sports Media Anchor. Hear is passion, his outlook and dreams. Things never heard before today….So listen and enjoy and please give your comments. Thanks.
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