Tony here, I hope you are well.
This week we hit an important milestone, we have made to the 5 year mark.
I am very proud and very grateful to have reached this far.
These moments can be bittersweet as its been 10 years since my dad passed and I would love to be able to tell him thank you for being such a good influence on us.
He was a gentle big guy who just loved to help others or see others do well.
It was only after he was gone that I learned how much he was involved in youthwork and helping out in the homeless community.
He went out his way to ensure my brother and I felt loved despite his challenges in early life and near the end.
This is the last picture I have, we were in the tiniest pub in the world in Montrose at New Year, he even made me New Years dinner and I was just glad it wasn't burnt.
You may be wondering, Tony why are you telling us this, well its just a reminder to myself of what this is all about and how me move forward for the next 5 years.
Covid, Brexit and life in general has been testing, tragic and total disconnection at times.
Animalia is set up to do what we can to play a role in connecting people back to life and to support others.
I have personally missed connecting with people through Animalia and I look forward to meeting more people face to face and championing others like the Animalia Champion Campaign.
I look forward to sharing more stories about my father, athletes, social enterprises, animalia champions and people that simply deserve recognition for being a good human.
I am grateful to have done this for 5 years, it has gave me purpose, connection and I have not felt alone.
Heres to Big Jamie x
Thank you for reading, Unleash the Animal, Tony