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heels on fire: On course on the road less travelled...

Monday, April 03, 2006

On course on the road less travelled...

Pulling Everything Together for 600kms in May.

In my mind I have been wondering what are the right words to use to impress upon you that this run can make a difference to the lives of people around the world, impacting on lives for a greater good. How can I convince you that this isn’t just a flash in the pan idea? What can I do or say to convince you that during thirty days (this May) you can make a contribution to highlighting issues in the developing world?

The facts speak for themselves. This week has seen break-throughs disproportionate to reality. In the last week we have seen the following:

- Wednesday - North Face (that is right, North Face!) came through as a kit sponsor for ‘Heels on Fire’. Though I still need some shoes (wink wink New Balance) and flight tickets (come on Karl and David at Intrepid - it will work for you).
- Thursday brought me personal assurance that I would have a job to come back to.
- The evening saw Rahul and I ‘booted and suited’ making huge inroads with the Indian tourist board and Indian High Commission. On paper and over the phone we are opening doors of interest. Meeting people in person is bringing results. We are convincing people that the benefits are huge!
- Friday brought a conversation inroad with the international director of Actionaid. This gentleman is seriously influential in the world of development, especially so in India and Kerala.
- A link has been made with the Hindu newspaper, the most credible newspaper in India and the one with the best sports section. Readership of over 3 million people. There are strong hopes for column inches in the Manorama Newspaper in Kerala, readership of 7 million. The team in India are meeting one of the most respected writers in the country later this week.
- We are talking with some of the key people to get the Indian Navy 'on board' and helping out with the run.
- The Runners World will receive an article and photos after the run. Mens Health are keen, as are the Guardian and Metro newspapers. The doors are opening daily, with countless others hopefully following.
- The website domain has just been registered. The website will be up and 'running' very soon.

On Friday evening I came back home to find a package of goodies from the North Face. Sporting my new ‘rehydration pack’ and looking at its fetching colours brought home the deep reality that together we are spinning a great idea for development to the point where relative strangers are convinced of the run and its potential philanthropic spin-offs.

The media are in place, the sponsors are getting there and the development angle is being refined. Its a brave new world.

More on the all important development angle to follow.

Pete

5 Comments:

At Tue Apr 04, 10:59:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete as you once said to me, 'pain is just weakness leaving the body.'

Be strong bru. We are all behind you over here.

Mike (SA)

PS. Excellent pictures.

 
At Wed Apr 05, 07:58:00 AM 2006, Blogger Dan said...

Stunning effort so far Pete, I'm very impressed with the energy and committment... but don't forget the running part!! I'm just glad you have the great Hused Iymeh Phatas on board, securing his services is quite a coup if I may be so bold as to say, he will beat you into shape with those special morning shakes and late night energy kebabs... such flair and such a special individual talent!
But in all seriousness, just reading through the names that are appearing in support emphasises the need for such challenges and the absolute worth that they have. You know I want to be there with you squire... keep pushing.

 
At Fri Apr 14, 12:40:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done and all the best have a safe trip and come back safe
Sherry

 
At Tue Apr 25, 05:28:00 PM 2006, Blogger mommybazz said...

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At Tue Apr 25, 06:00:00 PM 2006, Blogger mommybazz said...

Pete, I have marked your words of hope, I'm guessing straight from your hart..

This run can make;

- a difference to the lives of people around the world;
- a contribution to highlighting issues in the developing world

..and of great expectations

Friday brought a conversation inroad with the international director of Actionaid. This gentleman is seriously influential in the world of development, especially so in India and Kerala.

..the deep reality that together we are spinning a great idea for development to the point where relative strangers are convinced of the run and its potential philanthropic spin-offs

I just recently got familiar with the Dutch phenomenon M.A.A.Z.O’s - underage isolated (among which Indian) asylum seekers. Far away from home, isolated, totally dependent, awaiting a better future in a disconsolate centre, no fun. Depending upon the mercy of others, the external power. The tragedy of this story is that these vulnerable, innocent, naive little isolated humans in large numbers disappear by abduction (instead). Dreams broken.., nightmares replace. Transported to other parts of Europe, not clear what is to happen or become of them, the unknown not-want-to-know fear to us, however which by them becomes to undergo, a big mystery with regard to their destiny with no one around to take care of them, to look after them. Victims with no face, ID less. Of bad exist to non existence. Totally left in the hands and mercy of people traders and the rest of the link with no respect for life non whatsoever.
This reminds me of a few weeks ago when I was one of the lucky ones to witness the dynamics of a yet set wedding. The groom carried the name ‘gold’- (..) and hundreds of cool looking gold fish in impressive high muds all over the place for the eyes to admire. After the show the fish no longer served any purpose and were hasty flushed through the toilets. With no happy end as in Nemo I can tell you, even after serious attempts to do make me believe so..

What I am trying to say is that I am hoping that if even a fraction of a fraction prospectless poor of the youngest generation of India, if even one child with dreams, but no hopes for a better life will see you run live or via media if even for a moment, seconds or minutes or hear the spread news about you will be moved to explore their own authentic self to depend-, and to trust upon and if only one would find in himself a little ..Pete.

What I wouldn’t give to see a child pretending to be the future Pete, the joy of young little ‘wannabee’s running. Wouldn’t it be super fantastic if Desmond Roberts would actually find us one real little wannabee to capture in the act?! The ultimate sign of hope for the future and believe that dreams can come true. All it takes is a small miracle, miracles do exist. I believe in miracles..

Are not you one of them?

Amsterdam,
Mommybazz

 

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