You Rock! Overwhelmed With Support

by Sarah Chamberlain on September 19, 2012 · 17 comments

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

To top that off, this story, written by our friend and reader, T. Sudheesh was published in Indian newspapers the Deccan Chronical and the Asian Age:

Having a story written about our little expedition in an Indian newspaper the day after we launched was far beyond our expectations!

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.

THANK YOU.

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

Follow the adventure! Subscribe to Rickshaw Run Diaries, donate via our charity page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RRDiaries.

 

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim September 19, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the support. We are so excited to do the Rickshaw Run. I just checked and we’re at 20% of our fundraising goal now!

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Sarah September 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Make that 21%!!! Woop woop!!! Thanks to ALEX, DANICA and STACEY and their generous donations!!!!!! Okay, I’m definitely over-using the exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!

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Carmel September 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Ooh, I’m quoted. :)

I tried to donate, but it was denied because they were suspicious of my attempt to donate to a foreign charity, so my card was put on fraud alert. He he…oops. I keep meaning to try my other credit card. It’ll get there soon! We even budgeted for it!

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Sarah September 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Damn those security measures, don’t they know we are world traveling philanthropists?! Thanks so much for trying, Carmel, if anyone else has trouble donating, and have Paypal, you can paypal it to us and we will put it through for you with your name. And you are SO quote worthy Carmel, you have been such a great support for all three of us and we love you! Thanks for including us in your travel budget, what an honour!

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Candace September 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Big congrats, girls! I can’t wait to meet you all in Jaisalmer :)

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Sarah September 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

We can’t wait to see you Candace, hopefully you have some tips for us?! We’re gonna need it!!!!

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Bethany ~ twoOregonians September 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Lovely to hear about the great swell of support. When you go in the right direction, the right confirmations are bound to come! Well done, ladies xoxo

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Sarah September 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Thank you Bethany, your support means so much to us!!!!!!

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Alex September 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Finally catching up with the new blog… LOVE the design, LOVE the cause, LOVE the adventure, LOVE the girls! Best of luck ladies!

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Sarah September 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Aw shucks Alex, wish I could take the credit but it was a team effort… Well okay, Hannah is responible for our gorgeous site, she’s kind of talented hey? And THANK YOU for your donation Alex, we really appreciate your generosity!!!!!

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Irina September 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

You are famous in India!!!
Keep us updated on how the fundraising is going

P.S. I’ve never been quoted before, thank you! :) ))

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Sarah September 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Ha imagine that?! No, thank YOU Irina for your support and encouragement, you rock!!!

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Arianwen September 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

This is such a great idea! I can’t wait to hear how it all turns out. Good luck!

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Sarah September 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Thank you! Neither can we! (Or maybe we can…) :)

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Ayngelina October 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Traveling in Latin America I have realized just how much we take water for granted, what a wonderful charity you have taken on.

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Sarah October 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Yes Ayngelina, since looking into the work Frank do, we are really happy to be able to support their fantastic work. Particularly because their projects are community based and run, so many families now have access to this basic need.

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Stephen S. November 19, 2012 at 8:21 PM

It is awesome you girls are getting so much support. Can’t wait to read all about the adventure.

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