Hopefully most of you have now received your lights? If you haven't then please let us know right away... but I wanted to say a huge thank you! Because of your support, faith, shares and pledges.. (it ALL makes a huge difference) we also managed to win the support of the Safer Roads Foundation who have committed to donating free lights to ALL the children at St Bartholomew's Primary in Wootton Bassett and Chalkwell Hill Infant School in Leigh-on-sea. The donations will be made in September and I will make a presentation in person.
We received so many deserved recommendations for schools to support and the decision was made by the SRF.
These are our pilot tests to see if kids wear the lights as we hope they will.
It's a sad story but when I was at school a girl from our village was hit and killed by a car while walking in the dark... it was a little stretch where there were no street lights or pavements. Rural communities can often get forgotten in the race to the city and this tragic experience stayed with me. So we will make the donation in memory of her and with the blessing of her family.
As the world seems to be ever conceding power to the motor car, part of my mission is to inspire more kids to make journey's by foot, reward those that already do and to let kids experience the magic of seeing their movement/energy as light. Little footsteps can make a big difference.
I am especially thankful to Wiltshire Council who have pledged to support us too. They are donating more lights to rural kids in villages surrounding my home town of Malmesbury.
Again, thank YOU for your support! I mean that from the bottom of my heart. My work would be impossible without your help :)
The real problem, however, is across the developing world... where kids often walk several miles to school in darkness, crossing busy roads, with no street lights, no pavements, no priority and not even reflectors or especially bright clothing! So once we have established whether MML is effective and kids actually wear them en mass... we have a humongous job as it will be decades before many parts of the world have safety provisions in place like pedestrian crossings or traffic calming... so there's a lot to do!
But I'm up for it... thanks to you for lighting the fire!