Submitted by Juli Dosad
Fran my blonde friend in the picture did something for both Jess [the brunette in the picture] and myself that I will never forget. In 2008 we climbed Kilimanjaro as part of a charity challenge. Jess and myself summit night were low, we hadn't spoken to our families for almost 10 days and summit night was a big one.. it's not a walk in the park and brings with it real challenges.. Fran just before we were to leave to start the long cold slow climb she offered Jess and I her phone... with little battery but with no thought for herself and contacting her loved ones, she gave over the phone to us so that we could call our families, to lift our spirits and give us the strength and self believe for the challenge ahead. That moment changed the way that I think about things now and I do my very best to make sure that I live by the be kind to others mantra... now although it is a small thing.. every time I go into London I make or buy a sandwich before I go and give it to someone living on the streets, homeless.. it's not much but it's now what I do. It doesn't take anything to be kind and that night - that small random act of kindness from someone who to me at the time was a stranger has given me back so much... I also now have a friend that I love and trust..