Sarah O
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Jonjo Rooney - the torchbearing hero!

Sarah O
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02 Jul 2012

From the day that I found out that Jonjo (LLR fundraiser and friend) was going to be carrying the Olympic torch, I decided that I had to be there to witness his moment to shine, especially when I found out that he was doing it in my Dad's town.  That moment was yesterday and not being one to shy away from being centre of attention, he certainly made the most of it in true Jonjo style!  Getting out of the bus, Jonjo soon started pleasing the crowds, having his photo taken with children being thrust at him, waving the torch for all to see and posing for the hundreds of cameras.

When it was time for Jonjo to be passed the flame, he "knighted" the previous torchbearer before they kissed torches and Jonjo was off!  Having been there for over an hour, I had been able to get a good spot to see Jonjo go passed and the atmosphere was incredible.  I think he had one of the best spots in Redditch and the sun shone down on everyone after the torrential rain Redditch had seen just a few days earlier.  After seeing him pass, I ran down to see him in two other places and I even got a shout out from him when he spotted me half way!

The BBC have summed up Jonjo and his moment to shine really well: "Jonjo is loving his stint with the torch, waving and doing jigs and twirls along the street."  You can see the video of Jonjo by going to the BBC website, selecting 1 July and watching from 9:56mins into the video.

At his sister's house afterwards, we had a party and Jonjo happily posed for some photos for us with Tatty Teddy, in his LLR running top and in one of the new Unstoppable cycle jerseys too!  Today he's been to a school in the area to show the children the torch, and talk about his experiences and the charity.  Nothing is too much trouble for Jonjo and he really does go the extra mile to help LLR and those affected by a blood cancer out.

Seeing Jonjo carrying the torch was an honour and I even got a bit emotional knowing what he's been through to get here today.  There are a number of LLR fundraisers carrying the torch in the next few weeks, so if there are any near you I would recommend going along if you can.