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Chris Moon - Motivational Speaker
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- Personal Safety
- Risk taking
Chris Moon walks the talk. He runs a company called ‘Making the Best’ his philosophy of life and no one demonstrates it better. After a career in the army, Chris worked for a British charity the Hazardous Areas Life Support Organisation (HALO Trust) specialising in mine clearance. After specialist training from a Royal Engineer bomb disposal officer, he supervised and trained former Cambodian soldiers in mine clearance (something many describe as the ultimate leadership and management challenge).
He is one of the few westerners to have survived abduction by the Khmer Rouge, successfully preventing execution and negotiating his release and that of two Cambodian colleagues from a remote jungle base, finally marching 50km overnight through a patrolled and mined jungle.
In 1995, he was blown up walking in a cleared area. He lost his lower right arm and leg, but does not consider himself a victim; Chris points out that he chose to work in mined areas whereas people who live there have no choice. He survived against all the odds because of his high level of fitness (he was a keen runner) and because of his knowledge of first aid.
Less than a year after leaving hospital, Chris completed the London Marathon to raise funds for the mine-injured in Cambodia. After leaving hospital, Chris did a Masters Degree in Security Management at the University of Leicester. In 1996, he was awarded MBE for services to the HALO Trust clearing anti-personnel mines. In 1998, he was awarded the US Centre for Disability and PALM international leadership award and the following year, Chris was awarded the Snowdon Special Award for leadership and help to the disabled by Lord Snowdon.
Chris Moon's acheivements He has been awarded honorary degrees and doctorates by British Universities too. Chris is a well-known speaker on change management, motivation, leadership and the concept of limitation. His widely acclaimed autobiography ‘One Step Beyond’ was published in 1999.
In 1997, Chris was the first leg amputee to complete the 250km Great Sahara Run described as the toughest footrace on earth: competitors run for six days in the heat and sand of the Sahara. It is quite an achievement; competitors have to carry their own food, equipment and sleeping bag and have to be self sufficient for the week.
He ran to raise £100,000 for an International Committee of the Red Cross centre providing false limbs in Vietnam, to push the bounds of prosthetics further and to challenge the concept of limitation. In 1997, he ran 200 km in four days with the Australian Army to assist mine victims too. Chris was honoured to carry the Olympic torch into the stadium in the Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan in 1998 (and he ran from Hakone to Tokyo to raise funds for a Japanese charity).
In the Flora London Marathon he captained a team of 500 runners raising funds for various charities. In 1998, he completed the ‘Outback Challenge’ through some of the toughest terrain in Australia to raise funds to support mine action programmes. The following year, he ran the length of Cambodia (700km) with the support of the Red Cross to try and change attitudes towards the disabled, raise funds to help them and to support requests for the Cambodian government to ratify the Ottawa Treaty.
In 1999 he was the first amputee to complete the Badwater Death Valley Ultra-marathon which is 136 miles (5 marathons back to back) in temperatures similar those recommended for slow cooking chicken.
In 2000, he jointly led a party climbing Kilimanjaro and later that year, completed the 100km Kumamoto volcano run in Japan and was one of only 12 people in the world to do the Death Valley 300 miles to the highest point and back in just over six days in temperatures over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Incidentally, he did it again in 2001, to test false legs and is one of only a handful of people to complete this double desert crossing twice.
Chris supports many associations which are committed to make a difference whether it is to improve attitudes to disability, disease or prosthetics and he continues to support charities such as the HALO Trust and the Red Cross. Chris was born in Wiltshire in 1962 and studied Agriculture after leaving school. He worked as a volunteer at a homeless centre before joining the army. On graduating from Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Royal Military Police and also served with several infantry units.
Chris Moon will help your team go the extra mile.”
“Inspiring and motivational – ten out of ten.”
“He illustrates perfectly what can be accomplished through determination, tenacity and a positive attitude. We will
be more demanding of ourselves in the future.”
“Chris Moon’s session was perfectly targeted, he spent time with meand really listened to what we wanted to achieve.”
“In terms of a process of implementing change, and learning to live with change, I cannot imagine a more compelling
presentation than Chris Moon’s.”
“Chris Moon received the highest ratings ever given to an external speaker.”
“When you asked me how I wanted to the audience to feel I replied, ‘inspired’. There is no doubt you achieved this objective, as I’m
sure you will do with every audience. You did superbly.”
- Personal Safety
- Risk taking
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