We were going to launch this thing back in June. Then July. When September rolled around, I think we all separately started to think it might not happen.
You see, trying to start a new blog and co-ordinate a 3,500km journey across India whilst raising a shed load of money for charity doesn’t just happen.
Especially when it’s down to three women from three different continents who have never so much as Skyped each other! Let’s just say we could compile a novel with the email feed over the last nine months (and we just might…).
And then a week ago, it happened. We announced our crazy adventure to the world, and you responded! You said, “Better you than me!” (my boyfriend), “I want to do that!” (Irina), “Can’t wait to follow along!” (Margaret) and “I’m praying for your safe return!” (Carmel), but none of you said “You can’t do this.”
You all rallied behind us in spite of your rational thoughts of “they’re nuts” or “are they insane?”
You kindly hid those thoughts from us and plastered smiles on your faces, and tweeted and Facebooked and donated your support. And that’s why we love you; because like us, you’re not listening to that rational voice of reason that tells you that tackling just one kilometer of India’s precarious road system in a three-wheeled, ride-on mower is about as smart as using a hairdryer in the bath.
And the result? We’ve reached 19% of our GBP£2,000 fundraising target!!! Thanks to the generosity of Phillipa, Adam, Maddie, Sophia, Charlie, Alaina, Hristina, David, Michelle and Glenn and a couple of anonymous donations, we’ve already raised GBP£380.00 (USD$617.00) for FRANK Water, our nominated charity.
Thanks to your generosity, UK based FRANK Water can now run more community-based clean water programs throughout India. So thank you guys!
Image courtesy of FRANK Water
“We cannot do great things. We can only do little things with great love.” - Mother Theresa
And then in the twitter-sphere we received more messages of support, racking up over 300 followers of The Rickshaw Run Diaries in the first week. Here’s some of our favourites:
I must say, the day after the launch, I had a very serious social media hangover! The only remedy was a swim in the ocean and a road trip to some ancient Mayan ruins (yep, that’ll put things into perspective!).
But it was all worth it.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all. We know there are challenges ahead, too many to think about right now. Instead we’re focusing on the love and support you have sent our way. It gives buoyancy to this crazy dream of ours and makes us think that we might even succeed.
If you can’t donate right now, we totally understand. Your thoughts, words, emails, tweets and Facebook mentions help us more than you could imagine.
I leave you with this quote, which sums up the last week perfectly:
“A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.” - Sivananda, Sri Swami