Dear Drupalists I need your help


Those who know me will be well aware that I am both a passionate cyclist. Last June I wrote a blog about cycling. It told the dreadfully sad tale of a cyclist who died close to my home following a road traffic incident. In just 24 hours the post had over 10,000 reads. Learning that 3,239 cyclists were killed or seriously injured (KSI) in 2015 UK alone triggered me to take positive action, the result is my campaign "BeyondACyclist" which now has backing and support from CyclingUK.

A totally volunteer effort (entirely inspired by my work with Drupal) BeyondACyclist has a groundswell of support and active participation from the likes of Three Degrees West film company, Cheshire Fire Service, Cheshire East Council, West Midlands Police, Christie Hospital, composer Brian Lane, script writer Craig Roderick (Southpaw Agency) and Phil Jones MBE Managing Director - Brother UK to name but a few. Plans are in advanced stages to produce an ambitious cinema quality short film, supporting studio portraits and action photography, social media campaign and distribution across a variety of mediums.

Why I am reaching out to you the Drupal community

Within the next few months we will have the film completed. But there is a final missing link. I need a website designed, built and themed to drive traffic towards. A site to serve as central focal point for all campaign activity. The place where all traffic will arrive be that from TV news, print media, social or offline. I cannot do all of this alone. I already have a lot on my plate!

I'm hoping someone in the Drupal community will be reading right now and feel this is a cause they would like to get involved with. Obviously Drupal 8, it will be high traffic as I have built excellent relations with media outlets including TV, print and social. And this is a global issue. In Ireland, across USA, Australia there are currently hot news stories about cycle safety and sadly more deaths. So don't think being outside the UK is a blocker, no.

I anticipate needing 2-3 individuals to complete the task - Designer, Site builder or Site builder and Themer (as separate roles). If you would like to discuss the idea further or are just plain interested in getting involved please use my contact form to reach me. And thank you in advance. Paul.

Rick Nashleanas, Chief Cat Herder.

Photo: from Caleb Thorne

Through Drupal over the years I have been fortunate to meet and get to know many brilliant minds. Kindred spirits brought close by technology even if we lived a world apart, meeting once or twice a year at Drupal Conferences or camps. Through these occasional events, we forge strong meaningful connections which persist via the ether.

Rick Nashleanas was one such bright light. A key figure in my personal story, a kind-hearted gentleman with a bucket load of enthusiasm. He was the one who encouraged me to become involved with Drupal on a global scale. Few times in life do you meet someone like Rick. I feel privileged to have known him. A fantastic mentor who helped me believe in myself, contributing to my gaining confidence to take on big new challenges. But I wasn't alone. Rick made his business Monarch Digital into an elevator for young people embarking upon a career in Drupal, providing an incubator for upcoming developers to realise their potential. And as global chair for DrupalCon he was the catalyst for many others to become active participants in contribution be that code or community.

Anyone who had the good fortune to meet Rick was surely better for it. A beaming smile and enthusiasm by the bucket load. With great integrity, always put people first. So when I wrote a blog at the weekend about how we might open more opportunities to people with Drupal it was obvious, though I hadn't contacted him in a while, that I would reach out to Rick. He always had sage advice. That's perhaps why Caleb Thorne called him a real-life Yoda. It was with great sadness I received a response from his wife to say he had passed away.

Whilst Rick has passed away, for me his light will never go out. I live each day better for knowing Rick, his radiant smile will remain a constant reminder in my mind that each day is an opportunity to do good. His legacy is strong through the very many people he inspired.


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