… and proudly supporting mindDog Australia!

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We now officially have mindDog’s support for our epic journey!

It’s a great feeling to have letters of endorsement from both of our beneficiaries!

Today has been spent with Paul poring over the state maps and trying to lock down our itinerary a little more. Obviously we’re not going to be able to travel every single road in Australia, but by crikey we will be covering a lot of them 🙂

I’ve been trying to get to grips with Twitter & Instagram, finding some followers. Can’t wait to get hold of a new camera though so I can really get into Instagram. I could so easily spend hours poring over the gorgeous photos that people have posted there, particularly on the tourism sites we’re following. Australia is not only vast, it’s stunning on so many levels, and we’re looking forward to getting our teeth into it.

Proudly supporting Lifeline!

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We are thrilled to have formal permission from Lifeline Australia to fundraise!

We were in contact with Lifeline yesterday to let them know what we are planning, and this morning we woke up to a wonderful email from their Community Fundraising Coordinator. Claire wrote us she is 100% behind our plan, and loves reading about Luna.

This was a wonderful way to start the day as we headed to Albany for an appointment with Paul’s psychiatrist. Dr W was also intrigued with our plan and had some suggestions for people to contact along the way.

It will be fabulous to share with you the sponsors who’ve already offered to assist us with our mission. They have changed our world with their kind words and support.

We are really feeling positive about planning for the trip, and the potential we have to reach out to Australians and let them know they’re not alone in their fight against the stigma of mental health concerns.

 

 

 

 

Is this really happening??

There are so many emotions in this house at the moment, and they change so quickly that it’s hard to keep up!

About three months ago we started talking about doing some travel around Western Australia, and raising awareness about mental health. It’s always been a topic close to our hearts, and Paul has already done some amazing work raising funds for Lifeline Australia over the last few years.

At some point, we thought to ourselves, “hey, why not go right around Australia while we’re young enough and the kids get some awesome life experience?”. Sure thing! This became one of our medium term plans – something to start planning, with a view to heading off in a couple of years. We’ve spent time in some isolated areas of Australia, as you can see by the Rest Stop picture we took as we entered Mungo National Park in New South Wales in early 2015. We know all too well that there are people we could help by undertaking this awareness tour, and they don’t all live in big cities.

Life has thrown us some pretty significant curve balls this year, and while Paul has been undergoing treatment for his anxiety/depression, he formulated an impressive sponsorship proposal for a trip around Australia. He sent it out to a small portion of the universe, and by crikey, as of today we already have a couple of sponsors!!

We’re waiting for logos and permission to publish some details, but all of a sudden our “medium term” plan is becoming a short term one if everything comes together in time.

From my perspective, I am the very epitome of awestruck & dumbfounded. Companies are seeing the benefits of what we are trying to achieve and are getting behind us. I know I am going to have to consult the thesaurus to find some more words to try and describe the emotions I am experiencing at the moment.

We’ve started a blog, we’re starting up Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts, and most importantly, we’ve created the MyCause account to keep track of donations to the two charities near and dear to our hearts. This learning curve is nearly vertical, but stick with us – it’s going to be one hell of a ride 🙂