Members of the UK Recruiting Community have probably heard of Tony Restell. He is the Director and Co-Founder of TopConsultant.Com.
Earlier this year I got to deliver the keynote at his conference for the consulting industry. It was well organised and well attended, with some useful research findings shared. You should contact Tony for his latest research. It is always current.
I got to know Tony through twitter not long after I signed up. (I think he was follow number 15!). That seems like an age ago. I was impressed with how he was using social media to spread the Top Consultant message, and how he was integrating the new channels in to the site through a twitter message board. Hashtags were very new in these days.
Through conversations with Tony, I also became aware that his son James was diagnosed with Leukemia. An incredibly tough time for any parent. A story that makes all of us with kids count our blessings and a time which you could only understand if you had been there.
Through my own work with Round Table children’s Wish, I have witnessed the devastating impact a seriously ill child can have on the whole family. I have organised wishes for families in this position, and it is a place I would never wish on anyone.
I have been able to keep in touch with James’s progress through an occasional message on twitter. You want to let people know you are thinking of them without wishing to pry to deeply, particularly when you don’t know the person at the other end well. Social Media provides a great channel for doing this, and I have been delighted to hear from time to time that James was making a great recovery following difficult treatment.
Jump forward 12 months and I received a message in my Linked In mail box. I ask you all to read this message:
A little over a year ago I shared that my son James had been diagnosed with Leukaemia. Thanks to the marvels of modern medicine I’m delighted to advise that he’s well on his way to recovery.
That this change of fortunes has been possible is thanks to charities like Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, whose work has transformed the prospects of young children diagnosed with this and other blood cancers. It’s their 50th anniversary this year and so I’m taking on the challenge of the Great South Run this weekend in the hope of raising £5,000 for this great cause. I know there are great demands on most families’ finances at the moment, but if you would like to contribute to a cause that helps piece back together the lives of families up and down the country then I’d be very appreciative of your support. You can find out more and donate at:
As you’ll know, I don’t usually contact my LinkedIn network in this way – but I hope you’ll agree that this cause is worthy of an exception.
Thanks in advance for your support and I hope all is well with you?
Now I’m sure Tony is no great athlete but this is his way of showing thanks for the support of the charity at a traumatic time, and in developing the medicines through research that bring about miracles.
I’m asking you all to do one or all of the following three things. Whatever you feel you can do:
1: Retweet, repost or spread this blog message in all of your channels.
2: Leave a message of support for Tony in his run and James in his recovery in the comments section of this blog. I will forward them all on.
3: Go to the link at http://www.justgiving.com/Tony-Restell
and leave a donation. However small, all currencies are gratefully accepted.
By way of thanks, and for your amusement, this was ME last time I ran the Great South Run and London Marathon. (not good for my “cool” personal brand!)
Whatever you do, thanks for your help in supporting Tony and James.
Be ambassadors for good,
PS: You can also send twitter messages of good luck to @TonyRestell
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