Monday, 3 June 2013
My supposition that he would spend the evening regurgitating stories from the 97 Ireland trip began to be confirmed as he began his spiel, however what we were actually privy to was a very moving and fascinating insight into his time in Moldova where the population is financially very poor and his efforts to create a centre for children with cerebral palsy all funded from his own pocket and royalties from his books and films.
It really was an eyeopener and I felt humbled listening to his efforts, seeing the photographs of the children and the joy he was bringing to them. This was not an ego trip for a celebrity but an honest account of how he had decided to do something for the greater good. Of course the evening ended with a give us yer money plea and books and DVD's were signed all proceeds going to this project but why not? He posed for photos, signed hundreds of DVD's and no doubt raised a lot of cash towards the new centre he hopes to open.
We left wishing him luck and certain of one thing.
He's genuinely a very nice man.