top of page

THE CAPTAIN TOM EFFECT - Matt Digges Director of Mission

Last month a 99 year old English World War Two veteran decided that he could do something in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Captain Tom sought sponsorship to walk 100 laps of his front yard before he turned 100 last week. He aimed to raise £1000, but captured the popular imagination and the gratitude of a nation, who pledged £30 million to support the work of frontline health workers. This pandemic has produced unusual heroes. Alongside emergency service workers are those who allow our world to function. Truck drivers, teachers, health care workers, and supermarket employees are all in the front lines of this crisis. Captain Tom proves that those considered powerless can change the world. A recent survey revealed that 85% of Britons did not want life to return to the way it was before the coronavirus outbreak. A similar result could be expected in Australia. This crisis has precipitated a daily round of applause for health workers in Spain at 8pm, impromptu balcony concerts in Northern Italy, a plethora of online creativity, not to mention pollution ceasing over Beijing and the canals of Venice welcoming fish for the first time in memory. This pandemic has provided us with a vehicle of opportunity. In our country we have seen families spend quality time together and support one another through job losses and decreased income levels. Our respect for teachers has soared as families have encountered the realities of home schooling. Through it all, people have shown compassion, patience, and generosity to each other. In the midst of death and suffering, the world is becoming a better place to live. The sacrifice of lives lost and communities devastated through this pandemic need not be in vain. After Easter, Pope Francis expressed the hope that we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us. We are all frail, all equal, all precious, but are offered the opportunity to dig deep, find our resilience, and allow something wonderful to emerge. He concluded: “Let us welcome this time of trial as an opportunity to prepare for our collective future, a future for all without discarding anyone. Because without an all-embracing vision, there will be no future for anyone.“ Matt Digges Director of Mission

40 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page