IT has been ten years since the tragic death of Craig Gowans, a talented 17-year-old who was electrocuted after a metal pole attached to a training net he was pushing struck 11,000-volt overhead wires.
The death of the former Stewart’s Melville pupil was sudden and tragic for his friends and family, who later set up the Craig Gowans Memorial Fund.
A decade, particularly from the age of 17 to late twenties, can feel a long time. It would be understandable if the memory of Craig were to fade in the minds of his peers as they moved on with their lives.
But instead Craig’s friends, and family, have stepped up their efforts to remember one of their own, who was taken too soon.
Around £80,000 has been raised so far from a football match at Ainslie Park, lasting an incredible 105 hours. The non-stop match boasted an astonishing final score of 774-707, and Guinness is in the process of affirming the event as an official world record.
The beneficiaries will be the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, whose team are working hard to ensure that the city’s new hospital at Little France will be the very best experience possible for all its patients when it opens its doors in 2017.
But the gruelling match should also be life-affirming for all of us. In this era where we are told young people are obsessed with nothing but image and selfies and celebrity these young people have shown a light.
They have marked their friend’s tragic death in a way which would have made him smile, raised a huge sum for others, most of whom they will never meet and given themselves a valuable reminder of the power of a team to do good. Individuals can make a difference. But it is when we come together as a common force for good that the greatest impact is felt. Everyone who organised and took part in the Craig Gowans match should feel proud. Team Craig has shown the way.