We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB and Sunsets for Kate

We Are The World Blogfest and Sunsets for Kate

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Welcome to the first post of the We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB!  You can sign up here.

Our special lead co-hosts for this month are Lynn Hallbrooks, Belinda Witzenhausen, Damyanti BiswasSimon Falk and Sylvia McGrath and they are committed to stories about peace, love and joy.

For the We Are The World premier post I would like feature Sunsets for Kate. In some ways it is about a lovely lady who shares her life with Usher syndrome.  But, it is about so much more.  This is because Kate set up a blog about collecting sunsets and stories.

Kate, among many things, is also a wife and mum. So, other people have a vested interest in her health and wellbeing as well.  But, let’s hear a bit from Kate in her own words:

“I was fifteen when diagnosed with Usher syndrome. Already hearing impaired, I was told I would also become visually impaired, and one day, to be exact, by the time I was forty, I would be blind. The good news is, forty has come and gone and I am not blind. Winning! But soon, maybe soon.

Wondering what I will regret when I no longer have sight, I realised it will not be the places I have not yet seen, but all the sunsets I will miss.

And so I had this idea. Sunsets for Kate. Why not invite people to share sunsets with me and I can see a lifetime of sunsets in the lifetime of my sight.

I am motivated to use my impending blindness to open the eyes of others.”

Through reaching out to other people, Kate has received not only many sunsets, but many stories too. Her openness to others has also led her to travel, experiencing people and cultures around the world.

As she describes:

“Travel has allowed me to witness the bond that extends with a smile, across cultures, borders, classes and religion.

It has opened my eyes to both how big and how small the world can be, my ears to the common language of kindness, and my heart to the dreams shared by all across the globe.

Through my creativity and writing, I seek to share my adventures, my experiences, and stories, not only to be a voice for me, but a voice for others like me, all over the world.”

Kate is not letting her challenges stop her, her family and friends from having a full life.  You can send your sunset to Kate by following the contact details here.  Check out her ‘Chasing Daylight’.

In Honour of ‘Sunsets for Kate’

We spend our days of life,

Thriving in the light,

Amid many joys and strife,

And resting in the night.

When our earthly days are waning,

Our play and toil are done,

Then our gratitude is gaining,

And we behold the setting sun.

Simon C.J. Falk 31 March 2017

 

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Want to spread more cheer with other great writers.

Join our We Are The World Blogfest  and visit it’s  newly minted Facebook Page

Let us flood social media with peace and love, and “In Darkness, Be Light.” This is the first post for We Are The World Blogfest – 31st March 2017.

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  1.  Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
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30 thoughts on “We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB and Sunsets for Kate

  1. This is a wonderful story, Simon. I love that Kate is creating something so positive out of her illness. I will absolutely remember to tag her the next time I capture a lovely sunset.

  2. Kate’s story is extraordinary Simon.I don’t know where people get such courage and bravery in the face of such difficulties. An inspiration to us all, thank you for sharing her story with us .

  3. Amazing! Kate is such a motivation to all of us in how we should handle our adversaries. She’s been so creative with her initiative. Who would have thought of collecting sunsets?! I’m speechless!

  4. Hi Simon – what fascinating person Kate must be, as too her supportive family … amazing to read about and to learn more … also another aspect to how the internet and blogging in particular can open doors and give some life back to so many … teach us so much. Fantastic idea …

    … and I particularly like her quote … a smile crosses cultures, borders, religions, classes and brings warmth into those we meet or pass like moths attracted to the light we can see or feel …

    Wonderful story and good to meet you via the WATWB … cheers Hilary

  5. Such a beautiful story – thank you for sharing. Kate’s attitude is truly inspiring, and I’ll most certainly be sending her a sunset. And I have no doubt I’ll forever hold her story in my heart now whenever I watch one.

  6. Thank you for your post and telling us about Kate. I’d never heard of Usher Syndrome before. Her story is truly inspiring. And thank you and the others for starting this blogfest. What a wonderful idea, and so needed now! I joined and posted my first blog on March 31.

    1. Thanks Linda. Until Kate, I did not know of Usher syndrome either. I’m delighting in #WATWB too. Thanks for joining us. I’m gradually making my way backwards through the group and will look forward to reading your post too 😀

  7. interesting story. I’ve never heard of this disease before, but am in awe of Kate who deals with it with grace and hope. She inspires me to pay more attention to what I’m seeing around me. Thanks for the share.

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