You have done many amazing, cool and (at times) tough things. You have done these activities with many people around the world who clearly love and respect you. We treasure the things done together: we have partied, danced, dressed up (there was a merkin once, I recall), dined, skied, sampled wines, done The Hunter, done the beach, played touch footy with the kids, hit golf balls, and we’ve talked frankly about life and about death. Your radical acceptance of life and death is more than heartening, Gav. I’ve already told many people how impressive and inspiring your approach is. You know that you have put enough fuel in the tanks of your three kids for the rest of their lives – with your enthusiasm and lust for life and Love – and Maz can amply be there for tunes ups. I also want you to know that we (and your family and other friends) will be there for them for as long as they need.
I know you told me a couple of times how you got RUOK Day up and running but I still don’t get it. Within a year, you had media partners, major sponsors and health agencies and NGO partners. What I don’t get, I think, is that I don’t know anyone else who could have done that. When people admire you personally and respect your work and see your vision, they will do things for you and with. And, man, you deliver all those things. You have kicked some big goals and hit some long shots. I guess some bunkers are too steep to hit out of.
We treasure our times together and look forward to more good stuff with Maz and the kids.