Today was the AGM for Dying with Dignity Victoria. It was very interesting at various levels. Firstly I was given the honour of receiving the annual award for distinguished contribution to DWDV. The Rodney Syme medal. It is very special at a number of levels. To all those there that I met and chatted to thanks for the feedback and encouragement, it really is meaningful.
The AGM also bought out the political issues that can arise in small organisations. It was frustrating to see some peripheral players more about in my mind their own self aggrandisement try to butt in on and use the DWDV organisation for their own ends. Needless to say, made great theatre and they were appropriately dispatched with.
While in the meeting I thought about the amazing people doing their level best, to change the law for everyone. DWD organisations around the country need help. They need members, like any club and they need voluntary assistance across a range of skills and they need money i.e. donations and of course bequests. They also need generational interest and input. This is not an old peoples issue. With that in mind I encourage you to think about at least going on the web and finding the Dying with Dignity organisation in your state and becoming a member. This will help give great insights, keep you in touch and you never know you may just get passionate about it all and find ways not even thought about to help. Seriously, get involved and you will not regret it.
I have been pretty busy with this today, interviewed a Zen Buddhist yesterday for the docko and I am off to adelaide for an overnight and to test my travel skills tomorrow, to meet a very influential member of Christians in support of Euthanasia.
No blog tomorrow but heads up a big week coming, buy a Melbourne Age Monday and for the rest of the week. Also I think the Senate report is released early in the week, very very exciting, fingers crossed for the bill.
Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 6.5/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10