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River Gambia Expedition 2012: Please visit our new West Africa expedition blog

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River Gambia Expedition 2012 - 1000km source to sea African odyssey

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‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 –  1000km source to sea African odyssey

We have a brand new blog and a brand new expedition! Please stop by – and sign up for blog-updates about our next photography expedition.

Thank you!

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio

Expedition Co-Leaders

http://rivergambiaexpedition2012.wordpress.com/

Please visit our new site for all future updates……

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we are now transferring our blog over to :

http://adventuretravelblogs.com/700miles/

Please visit the above new address for any further postings.

Thanks so much for stopping by and we look forward to seeing you

on the new blog🙂

Helen & Jason

Expedition Leaders

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October 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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Please check out our new-look blog with Adventure Travel Blogs

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Moses the shepherd, Makasutu Forest

We have been invited by Adventure Travel Magazine to write a blog on their newly launched Adventure Travel Bloggers site. So, we are moving over to the new site.  Please go to our brand  new blog  for all new postings, images, and expedition updates:

http://adventuretravelblogs.com/700miles/

Alternatively, if you don’t have time to view the new site at the moment and would like to help the Gambian children get at least one of their Gardens For Life up and running whilst we are down there, then please read the instructions below (also, see how you can receive an exclusive limited edition B&W print from the expedition).

We are both covering our personal expenses for the expedition but we also need to help raise funds for other on-the-ground expenses which will help to pay for i.e. two local guides from Makasutu’s Mandina River Lodge, The Gambia, food and pitching the tents (each village we stay in will receive a remuneration for the courtesy), emergency medical insurance and two donkeys – we have our eye on the very affable Neil ‘Mungo’ and Paddy ‘Park’ from The Gambia Horse & Donkey Sanctuary, The Gambia.

To donate to the Eden Projects ‘Gardens for Life’ Gambia Expedition 2009, please go to: http://www.paypal.co.uk/uk

Sign into your account

Or: Sign up (if you aren’t registered for PayPal you need register and email address and password – takes 2 minutes. You will then receive an email from PayPal asking you to confirm your account)

Once logged in – from ‘my account’ page go to ’send money’ tab on the left of the top tool bar

Enter who to (Email): 700miles@floriophoto.com

Enter Amount: scroll down for relevant currency

Choose ‘personal’ tab then ‘gift’ then ‘continue’

Enter payment method

Check amount and then press ’send money’ tab

And thats it! Takes but a few minutes to help us to put one foot in front of the other and to raise money for the charity (any donations over the target amount will go directly into Eden Projects ‘Gardens for Life’ in The Gambia registered charity)

***For those of you who have resources to donate a little more, you will receive special limited edition B&W prints from the expedition:

Over $100 /  65 GBP will receive an 8 x 10 limited edition print

Over $500 / 315 GBP- 11 x 14 limited edition print

Over  $1000 / 625 GBP – 16 x 20 limited edition print

Over $2000 1250 GBP- 30 x 40 limited edition print

Thanks a million to those who have very generously donated so far. We are one step further……..

Florio & Jones xx

We look forward to seeing you on the other side!

Jones & Florio

Expedition Leaders

http://www.edenproject.com/our-work/people/gardens-for-life/index.php (more details on Gardens for Life)

http://www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk/

www.makasutu.com

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October 17, 2009 at 9:45 am

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The Expedition Route

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Here's where we begin and end

Here's where we begin and end

Starting on 1st November at one of the Gardens For Life schools in the Makasutu Wildlife Trust (MWT) area, walking counter-clockwise, and returning about 8 weeks later back to Makasutu with good friends, and creators of MWT, Lawrence Williams and James English.

http://www.gambia.co.uk/Docs/About-Us/Company-Information/The-Eden-Project.aspx?print=true

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September 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm

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Press Is Always Appreciated……and Blog Entries!

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thanks to everyone in media land for their continuous supoort

thanks to everyone in media & blog land for their continuous support

Thanks to all the guys at the Eden Project, Jenny Adams (PR – The Gambia Experience) & Matt Smith (The Gambia Experience Blogger) for getting the press ball rolling – you are stars! Also, big big thanks to Stella Kramer (StellaZine), Andy Hetherington (Whats The Jackanory), David Jefferies (Addict Clothing, UK)…….to be continued……..

H & Flo x

“(Jason & Helen) We are all truly grateful for your support here at the Eden Project and the Gardens for Life programme. Thank you!!”

Don Murray

Chair of Horticulture

Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

Image: from the book ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’ by Jason Florio – UK Team Member and Expedition Photographerwww.floriophoto.com

To purchase a copy of the book, please visithttp://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=jason+florio&filter=all&commit=Search



PRESS:

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6699412.html
http://www.addict.co.uk/news/?newsArticle=67


http://www.edenproject.com/media/gambia-trek-pr.php

http://www.thegambiablog.co.uk/2009/09/a-short-walk-in-the-gambian-bush/

http://www.gambia.co.uk/Press/2009/09/1784/Walking-The-Gambia-for-charity.aspx

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Couple-taking-Eden-s-project-heart-Africa/article-1340915-detail/article.html



http://stellakramer.com/blog/2009/09/short-walk-in-gambia-bush.html

www.whatsthejackanory.com


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September 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm

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How you can help Gambian school children build their Gardens for Life

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Gambian school girl by Jason Florio

Gambian school girl by Jason Florio

We are both covering our personal expenses for the expedition but we also need to help raise funds for other on-the-ground expenses which will help to pay for i.e. two local guides from Makasutu’s Mandina River Lodge (www.makasutu.com) food and pitching the tents (each village we stay in will receive a remuneration for the courtesy), emergency medical insurance and two donkeys – we have our eye on the very affable Neil ‘Mungo’ and Paddy ‘Park’ from The Gambia Horse & Donkey Sanctuary.www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk

this is why we need two donkeys and why your donations will help!!

Poor Neil ‘Mungo’ just can’t do this alone!!

We have received amazing donations from friends and family since we started the campaign on 1st September, 2009, and it looks as if we may well reach our target for the to begin the walk on November 1st!

We also hope to set up at least one of the school gardens in The Gambia whilst we are there. So, please see below on how you can help us achieve that goal.

Jason’s offer of a ***’limited edition B&W expedition print’ has proved to be very popular indeed as an incentive for larger donations😉 Please at the bottom of this post for more details on this fantastic opportunity to help the Gambia school kids and to get what is normally a very expensive Florio print at a discount price and feel good about into the bargain!

Targer: 3000 GBP

Donated to-date (15th Oct 09): 2158.60 GBP (3237.91 USD)

841.40 GBP (1262.09 USD) to go!

Donation mega thanks so far to:

Don & Beki, Cornwall, UK; Bob Jones, Florida, USA; Linda & Michael, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Rich, Santa Fe, NM; Carolyn, Wisconsin, USA; Kay & Tommy, CT, USA; Barbara, Chicago, USA; Susann, Dave & Jake, Guernsey, Channel Islands; Shannon, Vancouver, Canada; Renea, Miami Beach, FL, USA; Jen, Kawai, USA; Meagan & JC; NYC, USA; Gina, LA, USA; Alex, Leicester, UK; Chloe, Oxford, UK; Texas Ted, Houston, TX, USA; Tina & Dave, Spain; Julie, NYC, USA; Isak, NYC, USA; Matt, Gloucestershire UK; David & Lucie, Sloatsburg, NY, USA; Steve, Santa Fe, NM, USA; Rob, NYC, USA; Ignacio, Mexico; Thelma & Sandy, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK; Jay, NY, USA; Noreen, London, UK; Lucy and Jonas,Brooklyn, NY, USA; Daphne,Benjamin and Anna, Brooklyn, NY, USA; Leah and Steve, NJ, USA; Reg and Anita, Surrey,UK; Danielle, Devin, Frankie, NYC, USA; Anne & Thorsten, Heidelburg, Germany; Andrea, NYC, USA; Zac, London, UK; Kit, California, USA; Troy, LA, USA; Leila, NYC, USA;

Product and Expedition Related Donations and Invaluable Help (Please see related URL links on the right hand side of the blog page):

Lawrence Williams, James English & Malang Jambang @ Makasutu Wildlife Trust , The Gambia

Don Murray (and Becky Marriot), Justine Quinn, Chris Rowe, Mike Petty & Rob Lowe @ The Eden Project, UK

Jo, Kate and Christine (thanks for the cameras!) @ The Eden Project, UK

Chris Rowles & Jenny Adams @ The Gambia Experience, UK

David Jefferies @ Addict Clothing, UK

Zac Leeks @ Caught In The Cross Fire, UK

Alan Edgar @ Fra-Angelico, UK

Robert Young Pelton @ Come Back Alive.com, USA

Anna Duffy @ Terra Plana (Vivo Barefoot Revolution), UK

Heather  Armstrong   @ The Horse & Donkey Sanctuary, The Gambia

Where to send your donations:

If you would like to kindly donate, however small or large will be much appreciated, please follow the instructions below:

Go to: http://www.paypal.co.uk/uk

Sign into your account

Or: Sign up (if you aren’t registered for PayPal you need register and email address and password – takes 2 minutes. You will then receive an email from PayPal asking you to confirm your account)

Once logged in – from ‘my account’ page go to ‘send money’ tab on the left of the top tool bar

Enter who to (Email): 700miles@floriophoto.com

Enter Amount: scroll down for relevant currency

Choose ‘personal’ tab then ‘gift’ then ‘continue’

Enter payment method

Check amount and then press ‘send money’ tab

And thats it! Takes but a few minutes to help us to put one foot in front of the other and to raise money for the charity (any donations over the target amount will go directly into Eden Projects ‘Gardens for Life’ in The Gambia registered charity)

***For those of you who have resources to donate a little more, you will receive special limited edition B&W prints from the expedition:

Over $100 /  65 GBP will receive an 8 x 10 limited edition print

Over $500 / 315 GBP- 11 x 14 limited edition print

Over  $1000 / 625 GBP – 16 x 20 limited edition print

Over $2000 1250 GBP- 30 x 40 limited edition print

Thanks a million to those who have very generously donated so far. We are one step further……..

Florio & Jones xx

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September 3, 2009 at 11:22 am

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meeting the Eden Project team and Gambia Experience team

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chris rowles (gambia Experience), don murray (the eden project/GFL), florio and jones (a short walk UK tram members)

Chris Rowles (Gambia Experience), Don Murray ( Eden Project/GFL), Florio and Jones (A Short Walk UK team members)

Our first official (and very exciting!) meeting with Eden Project and Gambia Experience, doing a great impression on being ‘in The Gambia’ in the Tropical Biome at The Eden Project! These guys are the best! Big big thanks to all the amazing people who are working hard with us to help the expedition to succeed.

From the Eden Project :

Don Murray (Chair of Horticulture), Justine Quinn, Rob Lowe, David Rowe and Mike Petty

www.edenproject.com/our-work/people/gardens-for-life/index.php

From Gambia Experience:

Chris Rowles (MD), Karen Durham and Jenny Adams

www.gambia.co.uk/Docs/Gambia-Holidays/Excursions/Makasutu-Nature-Forest.aspx

updates to follow very soon……….please stop by again. Jones & Florio x

Photo courtesy Chris Saville/apexnewspix.com 2009

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