With my Australian speaking tour due to start in Hobart in less than three weeks, the drive to find sponsorship support for Breaking the Cycle South Pole becoming critical to make it happen this coming season, the making of the 10-part Njinga TV series in full flow and working almost full time at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club, life is crazily hectic, but good right now!
I don’t really have time to write a blog post, so I’ve taken a short cut. Here’s an excerpt taken directly from the World Expeditions newsletter about my Breaking the Cycle Australian Tour:
Kate Leeming ‘Breaking the Cycle’
Australia Tour: June 2015
Wild animals, Somali pirates, giant sand dunes, beautiful and kind faces…just a few of the sights you’ll come across if you cycle 22,000km across Africa! Watch the video >>
Kate Leeming has done just that. She has cycled the width of Africa from Senegal to Somalia, pedalled 25,000km around Australia and was the first woman to cycle unsupported across ‘new’ Russia. Join the extraordinary Kate as she regales audiences with her past adventures, including footage from her award winning documentary Njinga and previews her next big challenge – Breaking the Cycle South Pole.
What began as an expedition to highlight the development needs of war-torn and poverty-stricken nations has evolved into one of the most exciting cycling expeditions of all time – this event is not to be missed!
Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going towards Kate’s Breaking the Cycle South Pole expedition, which will raise money for The Global Fund. Proudly supported by Paddy Pallin and Outer Edge magazine.
I have been working on putting together some great new content that I hope will make this tour extra special. World Expeditions has been doing an incredible job cutting a promo video, making posters and graphics and promoting the event through all its avenues; Banff Film Festival, print and digital media. Paddy Pallin now has flyers and posters displayed in all its stores and published a great blog and Outer Edge magazine is advertising the events. Thanks must also go to Find Your Feet in Hobart and the University of Western Australia for helping to promote the tour in Tasmania and WA.
Breaking the Cycle South Pole is all still possible for Dec 2015 – Jan 2016 if I can find the bulk of the funding in the next month or so. The team is waiting, the training expeditions are planned and the sooner I can start to pull all the systems that are on hold together (logistics, education, AIDS awareness and fundraising, digital communications, equipment testing, media plan, etc), the more effective the whole venture will be.
It has taken a while, but the Lateral Vision team has made the rough cut for a 10×30 minute Njinga TV series. I am now helping to refine the content, but its exciting to revisit many of the incredible experiences, stories and lessons learned from the Breaking the Cycle in Africa Expedition. I am told that the whole programme will be ready by about September…let’s hope so.