Colin Walsh, a passionate and energetic member of Toastmasters for twenty years, died after an acute stroke on the 28 of September.
Having lost most of his sight 15 years ago, with his guide dog Colin was very well known in Oxford as a campaigner on issues facing the disabled. He was a past President of three Speakers’ Clubs in the Oxford area, namely Oxford, Oxford Isis and Ridgeway in Abingdon.
Annie Morley from Ridgeway Speakers spoke at his funeral. She said that she was proud to have known him – she learned so much from him, especially that being part of a club is more than delivering speeches, it’s about taking care of fellow members, making sure you are there when they need help.
Colin was a wonderful combination of great fun and totally single minded. Colin had been inspired by the story of Gulshat, an 11 year old girl from Turkmenistan. He set about raising £35,000 to help her get a vital spinal operation. Two days after he died, an event that he had organised to raise funds went ahead and continued his good work. Click here to see the Oxford Mail article about Colin.
Paul Ovington from Oxford Speakers described what a great experience he had had when he worked side by side with Colin on their respective high performance leadership programmes – in Paul’s words ‘He was a Titan’.