Yesterday I had one of the most exciting moments of my entire life. I had the very great privilege to meet someone I have admired for as long as I can remember. He is one of the greats, an Elder – a true hero – an inspiration to millions. And he shook my hand and greeted me with genuine warmth and interest. As I sat in the VIP lounge at Botswana Airport and listened to him chatting and laughing with old friends, I couldn’t believe where I was. I was struck by the power and strength and humour and humanity that is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
This morning, one of my colleagues and I went as guests of Bishop Mwamba to hear Archbishop Tutu give a keynote address to this week’s international conference on ethics, hosted by the University of Botswana, ‘Retrieving the Human Face of Science: Understanding Ethics and Integrity in Healthcare, Medicine and Research.’
It was wonderful. I knew this year was going to be filled with amazing experiences, but never in my wildest dreams did I think they would include an event like this. I never imagined I could be lucky enough to be in the same room as the Archbishop, never mind actually talk to him! But lucky I am… and here’s the picture to prove it.