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9~ sponsors

We don’t expect someone else to cough up for us to have an all-expenses-paid-trip-around-the-world!!!! And especially because we are taking eight children, we can understand people’s consternation that we might even be entertaining such a thought!
So we planned towards this for many years and made sacrifices along the way…….

There are risks and costs to a program of action.
But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

~ John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

We are taking the risk of putting on hold a good job in a climate when jobs in education are not the easiest to come by and people hold on to them as tightly as a limpet clutches its rock. Going and doing something out of the ordinary obviously means a loss of income as a family and a temporary stagnating of career prospects for Rob.
There might not be access to a washing machine for Rach (roll your eyes, but wringing out ten people’s clothes by hand would be a sacrifice for me!)
And there will be losses for the kids: temporary severance of friendships, no bikes or roller blades or boogey boards….plus, they have already gone without toys and takeaways, and not joined any sports teams or taken music lessons in order for us to save money to fund this adventure.
We have toyed with the idea of adding a self-imposed hardship that would remind us constantly of the poor – to only eat rice and local fruit and vegetables for the duration (unless someone wants to feed us something different, which would be highly unlikely!!!!!)…..but we’re not too sure about this yet, even though it would make cooking cheap and easy on the road!
We *expect* to be self-funding, but we are thankful for generous help that we have been given. We would like to say a SPECIAL THANK YOU to everyone who has given discounts, time, expertise and encouragement.

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Thanks for the hefty discount on sleeping bags and packs – we’ll write our reviews once we’ve been on the road a while.

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Of course, if you have a spare $10,000 in your back pocket ;-), we would be more than happy to find a productive way to use it for you!

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2 responses to “9~ sponsors”

  1. Jenny Jo says:

    Wow, my friend just told me about your blog and I have put off breakfast making to read it but I really have to feed my own small troop. I love what you are doing, we too are planning a similar adventure in 2009 with 2 kids, us and a 1973 Trillium Trailer.
    Looking forward to your adventures and chatting more. For a moment I thought we knew you from our traveling days, but our Kiwi friends that lived with us in England was Russ and Rach (not Rob and Rach) Oh oh, little guy says “I so hungee, make me dinner, I have apple” Gotta run! Jen

  2. Rachael says:

    Jen, we’ll have to compare notes. Maybe we will even get to meet up somewhere!

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