Some might say 2011 was the most defining year in living memory with the Arab Spring; the appalling riots that sadly affected us in Ealing; and the Eurozone crisis.
But with 2011 behind us, 2012 will certainly be a great year for London. We will be able to re-elect Boris andfinally bury Ken’s pie-in-the-sky nonsense; we will enjoy the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee perhaps with our own street parties; and then we’ll marvel at the Olympics.
2012 will be big for me, as I shall be a volunteer at the Olympics. Actually I’ve been accepted twice; (a) to volunteer on the Mayor’s Ambassadors’ Programme as a host in central London; and (b) on the Games Maker programme, personally supporting an Olympic official. So I have a decision to make: where I can help the most.
But many people will volunteer much more than that. Many volunteer, week in week out, at their church’s soup kitchen, for Mind, the Salvation Army, Age Concern, the Samaritans or any of the other many voluntary groups across our borough. Or maybe helping a neighbour or relative in need. That’s the true spirit for 2012: volunteering to make our society better.
Let’s thank those volunteers and wish them well for 2012.