Image: Christopher Kennedy Lawford signed this book for us with the words "One day at a time"
Last night I had the incredible privilege of attending the 2012 Feb Fast Gala Dinner at the Auckland Museum hosted by The New Zealand Drug Foundation where Chris Kennedy Lawford was the keynote speaker.
He is one incredible human being! Mr Kennedy Lawford has spent 26 years in recovery, is a published author, an actor, an activist and the nephew of JFK. Yup, I had dinner with a Kennedy! He shared his struggle for sobriety and support in a world where outward success is often the benchmark of a valued life.
I was holding back tears as he spoke with brutal honesty. He gave the analogy of addiction being like dancing with an 800 pound gorilla. That gorilla makes you dance when it wants to dance. A person who has danced with an 800 pound gorilla and survived to tell the story is a person of great strength and we need to celebrate their recovery rather than stigmatize the illness.
There is only four more days left of #FebFast and I need your help. I am determined to raise as much money possible for the recipient charities who work with young people battling alcohol and other drug addictions. I'm in the lead in fundraising efforts for Rainbow Youth team but I have competitors hot on my heels!
If you are able to help I would love it if you could click here to make a donation.
Make sure you select Hannah McArdle when donating to our team so I can write you a handwritten thank you note!