To view the above Vimeo footage, please click on the above image. And, to check out the whys and wherefores about our River Gambia Expedition 2012, please click here
OK…now its time for our BIG push on the fundraising front. We’re not going to beat about the bush, or be too proud here (we can’t afford to be, for starters). We’ve raised around 25% of what we need to get this expedition fully off the ground – or to get our paddles in the River Gambia, to begin our ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’. But here’s the skinny on what we still need to raise: $9,000 / £7,500 – by the end of September – as in 2012 September! Crikey!
Firstly though, and very importantly, we’ve been overwhelmed, and humbled, by the response we’ve had so far to our ‘An Exchange’ programme – from friends, family and colleagues alike. Florio’s fine art photography prints, from images he will take on the expedition (for donations of $100/£65 and over), will be winging their way to them once we return from the journey. We’ve also had some incredible product sponsorship, which helps to cut back considerably on what we originally had to raise. We’re extremely grateful for this support too.
Here is an example of one of Florio’s delectable fine art prints that we offered to our donators from our last expedition, ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ in 2009 – ‘Herouna with his white horse’ which was also one of the favourite images that people chose, from what became an award-winning series of portraits of Gambian chiefs and elders.
Florio and I will be covering our own expenses for the expedition, but what we really need help with are the on-the-ground hard cash expenses needed for operating a project such as this, down in West Africa – which Florio explains rather succinctly on the above Vimeo footage. But, to give you a quick run down, any monies raised will be used to pay our two Gambian team mates, Abdou and Ebou, for 2-3 months (they also both have extended family to support whilst they are on the journey with us); Guinea and Senegal guides/fixers; medical supply kits, emergency get-out contingency plans (which, hopefully we won’t need, but…)…the list goes on. But, to get on the River Gambia, we need your help.
As mentioned, we’ve have some great product sponsors on board already but… if any of you have any connections with camping gear, hiking boot etc. (please see our full wish list on the ‘An Exchange’ page) manufacturers, we’d be ever so grateful if you would share this post and/or the blog link.
If you don’t have the spare resources to exchange for one of Florio’s a fine art prints, then no problem (however, there is still time to enter the Aug 31st ‘Print Draw’ - donations of $25/£16 gives you the chance to win one of his prints)…we are more than happy to have you on board, following our journey on here, the blog, and our FB page. You can also contribute by spreading the word about the River Gambia Expedition 2012 with your friends. Please. We’d appreciate that very much indeed.
And, for those who wish to become involved in ‘An Exchange’, again, please check out the Vimeo footage and/or click on this link for all the information that you need to donate through Paypal – or, if you’ve gotten this far and have already decided to jump on board with us (thanks for the faith in what we’re planning), simply click on the Paypal icon in the right hand column of this page, which will take you directly to the PayPal website.
With thanks, gratitude and eternal hope!
Helen & Florio (The Florios)
P.S. Just another little taster of the sublime quality of the fine art photography which Florio produces, when he is behind his camera – prints of similar beauty could belong to you, from this forthcoming expedition