I’m Carmel Crawford, a mother, grandmother and humanitarian.
I’ve had a connection with Sri Lanka since the late 1970s when I came to know and love much about this wonderful country leading up to 1984 when I travelled to Colombo with my late husband to adopt our son. While living there for several months we were fortunate to travel around this paradise island and see all its wonders – albeit, sadly while the country was experiencing a civil war. We met many people who shared their stories with us; very strong courageous resilient beautiful souls - Sri Lanka was firmly cemented in my heart forever.
I've been very fortunate to visit and support several charities over the last 35 years. Adopting children from Sri Lanka and India I have seen firsthand the difference we can make when we take time to listen and give a little human kindness. Everyone has a story to tell and I believe time is the greatest gift we can give to one and other.
Unfortunately, I witnessed firsthand a very close family member take their own life in 2010. There are so many emotional and complex challenges suicide brings, there is no “how to cope guide”. It is different for everyone and indeed a very sad and overwhelming time - not something you can put into words. I describe my personal journey as “one step at a time………”
2012 I was looking to widen my charity work when I found CCC. I travelled to Sri Lanka to visit the foundation 2012, 2015, and most recently with my son in 2017.
Personally, I would love to bring mental illness and suicide out of darkness - maybe together we can do this and save many lives. I am hoping in the years to come, the word “suicide” will be lost forever.
This CCC bikeathon is a wonderful iniative. I am excitedly looking forward to participating as a volunteer. I know firsthand how far the money will go in supporting this much needed telephone counselling service, so please join me on this ride.
Thank you for your time