Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Still of the Night

One of my very first posts was about the founder of foodwatershelter, Rebecka Delforce, and the inspiration that she was for me as someone who made the decision to follow what she was passionate about. Unbeknown to me, at about the same time I discovered foodwatershelter they experienced a tragedy, the death of Rebecka's partner Darren Stratti during a robbery that took place in Tanzania.

I shed a few tears over Australian Story (The Still of the Night) this morning which is where I found out about this turn of events. Again I was inspired by their (foodwatershelter's) commitment to seeing the project through, and the desire also to ensure that Darren's hard work and sacrifice lives on as his legacy. The other thing that really hit me was a reminder that life is short. The foodwatershelter team were doing what they were passionate about and they were enjoying life.

We do not know when our time will be up. If it came tomorrow, would you be satisfied with the way you had lived or would you have regrets about all of those things that you wanted to do but never quite got around to it for whatever reason (fear, security, apathy,distractions, laziness)? Personally, I am continuing to wrestle with this question.

My heart goes out to Rebecka and to Darren's friends and family. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours both with foodwatershelter and wherever else life might take them. I do hope that one day Rebecka's sense of grief and loss will eventually be replaced by that of pride and joy, when she can see the fruits of labour and sacrifice on the happy faces of those women, children and surrounding community touched by foodwatershelter. Continuing the work.


  1. That is indeed a tragic loss. My heart goes out to them.

    On a side note, I very much like your blog. I find it very informative, especially since these are subjects I tend to miss.

  2. Thanks Rachel,
    I appreciate the feeback. It's always great to hear that there are people out there who are interested in the big issues.

  3. thanks for your words of support and link to our website.

    Jay, Dan and Robbie (stratti)