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Billy Graham Visit (2013)

posted 30 Jul 2014, 21:29 by OC Web   [ updated 30 Jul 2014, 21:29 ]
Billy Graham came to our college to speak to students and parents with the key message of being the best you can be. In both the afternoon and evening presentations Billy talked about his lifetime involvement in sport and how he took opportunities in both hands when he was given them. His story is one of a child who had a tough upbringing and how the people he met, his dedication to the sport of boxing and now his support of young people in his boxing gym have made him the person we see today. 

His message to parents and students was given with high energy, comparison of how arm reach distances with a student and parent, outbursts of song and poetry and always with a smile. He gave two students, Crystal Wilton and Elena Warwick, the chance to sing a song, there and then, knowing they were unprepared, knowing it was in front of an audience and with no musical accompaniment to support them. They sang beautifully. The underlying message was again do not be afraid to take the opportunity given to you to show what you can do. 

For a fighting man Billy is a very caring and gentle man, he wants people to care about themselves and each other. For young children to have people in their lives, people who are there to support and encourage them. For children to feel loved and to belong was a clear message to the parents in the evening, to enjoy good, old-fashioned fun together. 

After talking with the parent and family group he was off to talk at the Sport Wellington dinner and so gave the presentation to the parents resplendent in his bright red dinner jacket and bow tie!