Sunday, 2 May 2010

Scotland has a new champion

Ryan McLaughlin (no relation) is an amazing guy. He's 14 and he lives in Glasgow with his mum, dad and wee brother. When his mum was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, he did everything he could to support her. But not just to support his mum. He set about improving things for everyone. He read that Vitamin D is very important in preventing MS so he put a petition to the Scottish Parliament to press the Scottish Government to raise awareness amongst pregnant women about the importance of Vitamin D. It's the vitamin you naturally get from the sun but you can see why it might be advisable to take it in tablet form in this country.

Anyway you can read about his petition and the brilliant campaign (complete with website, youtube videos and braveheart march to the parliament) this schoolboy ran here and here. He was successful incidentally and the Scottish Government are now running a big awareness raising campaign thanks to him.

But the reason for the blog post today is to be (hopefully) the first to congratulate him. Today he won the European Taekwondo Championships and it's not even his normal fight style. His dad told me he worked so hard and fought his heart out to win it.

When I asked him if there was anything he was NOT good at he answered "tidying my room"! Well you can't have everything.

Anyway I am delighted to be able to publicly congratulate Ryan. I get fed up hearing about young people in a negative context and I'm really glad there are teenagers like Ryan in the world to prove the rest of us right.

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