Chris White, the 21 year old from Exeter in Devon, set off from the quiet Shropshire village of Brimfield near Ludlow on an epic 200 mile skate, or push as it’s called, finishing at Exeter Cathedral.
This marathon would be a challenge for even the most experienced of skaters but Chris is taking it on as a relative newcomer to the sport only having skated for two years. That’s not the end of the story either, only four years ago he was having to use another set of wheels to get around because he was suffering from M.E. and needed a wheelchair. Chris was miraculously healed in November 2007 and sees this marathon as a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how good God has been to him and also how grateful he is.
Part of our LIV vision is to see children from around the world helping to provide for the long term sustainability of the village by making a regular monthly contribution of a small amount of money. Whether it is R10 in South Africa, $1 in the USA, or just £1 a month in the UK the potential that is realised when a large number of people come together and get behind a common cause is huge. One of the favourite sayings at LIV Village is “together we can” and seeing what Chris has chosen to do will help us to see that this is true. We don’t all need to embark on a skating marathon like Chris but if we choose to make a long term commitment to provide regular support, rather than a one off gift, then as that “we” becomes a larger and larger group of people the more and more we “can”.
Chris’ remarkable effort would have been difficult enough if he had been fully fit but he was suffering from bouts of dizziness as a result of labyrinthitis. He battled on to complete the journey nonetheless.