Live Your Dash!

As a Junior Board Member of Full Circle, I’ve enjoyed volunteering in many different ways but one of my favorite ways is chairing the Live Your Dash luncheon. This is an annual lunch that honors a select few in the Richmond area who are truly living their dash by making positive and meaningful contributions to our community. These award recipients are selfless, hard-working and compassionate people who are truly dedicated to their cause.

Each year there is a featured speaker and every year, the speaker is so amazing, we wonder how we can find anyone equally as inspiring. But each year we do. This year, our Live Your Dash featured speaker was John Dau.


At only 13 years old, John was one of the 27,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan” driven from their villages in 1987. He spent the next five years leading groups of displaced boys across Sudan facing starvation, disease and violence. At 17, he was selected to immigrate to the United States and settled in Syracuse, New York.

At this year’s Live Your Dash luncheon, John shared his story and celebrated the power we all have to choose to persevere through any challenges we face in life. His powerful story of perseverance moved us all, and his remarkable attitude of forgiveness were inspirational to say the least.

John currently resides in Richmond and teaches at The Collegiate School.


The beautiful John Marshall Hotel in downtown RVA




“Impossible is what you choose not to do.” – John Dau

Full Circle was established in 2008 as a comprehensive grief resource center for children, adults, and their families to find a variety of creative ways to express their grief, such as art, writing, play, crafting, photography, and music. To volunteer, or learn more about this incredible organization, visit their website.


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