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The Spirit of Bali.


Peter Hughes was the man whose swollen and blistered face we saw on television during the shocking first hours of the news coverage from Bali. He literally took our breath away when we heard him quietly tell rescuers he was okay and to help those worse off than him. Looking at him, we could see that he was badly injured himself. And indeed he was. Later he lapsed into a month-long coma during which he died three ties and had to be revived.

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Peter’s talk left us stunned in silence, humbled in his experience and emotionally charged! As Chairman I thanked him personally for his delivery and realised that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Throughout his talk you could hear a pin drop and for days after I received calls from attendees thanking me for coordinating Peter Hughes to talk! I would recommend that any group of people from any background or profession looking for a speaker consider Peter Hughes! Ese Berryman Realtors
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