This Plymouth-Dakar Challange was made possible by the generous support we received from some very special sponsors and donors:
Stuff the Team Needs
If you feel a need to help us out in our challenge and have
access to any of these sorts of things we would appreciate you
contacting us and seeing if we can work something out.
We'll do our best to get you press and recognition for your
donations and of course will provide proof of donation in a form
acceptable to the IRS.
|Small Freezer (240V - UK)
|Tires for the ICV - 195 or 205 by 14" 6ply if possible
Vinyl Lettering for side of van
Coffee - Rob Kirby
The "official" coffee of the Creamy Treats Team!! -
Rob Kirby is a micro roaster on Orcas Island (the island
where Dan lives) - he is renowned for making some of the
best coffees, dressings and sauces around - thanks Rob -
check out his site
and order some stuff!!
iHostSites Web Hosting
Thanks to the great guys at iHost
- We appreciate their contribution of hosting our website and obtaining the domain names! We can't express how
grateful we are to have such great support from these guys!!!
Nomad Cows Web & Software
A huge thank
you to Scott Kozinchik, owner of Nomad Cows! Scott
produced a website for some friends of Dan's (Shawna and Leon
on Orcas Island) while they were doing an sea
kayak expedition around Iceland - (check the site out here: Iceland2003). Dan badgered Scott to
donate the template of this site and Scott was very gracious
in handing over the source code and offering his expertise to
make it all happen for us.
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Our New Friends and Supporters in England
Mike Tebbut Merriot,
Mike is "da man" - he sold us the ICV and has been very
helpful and supportive. He moved the ICV to storage and kept
it covered up - and he found us a breaker yard with some
spare parts in it and he located Caroline Clarke for us to
get us a place to work on the van. Thanks Mike and we still
owe you a couple pints as always!
Clarke of West Coker, England
Caroline has been a dream come true for us - originally when
Mike introduced us we were just looking to rent a shed to
work on the ICV - well it turned out she had a huge barn
available and after a little (ok, a lot!) of cleaning up, we
were able to get the ICV into the barn and we were working!
- A nice dry barn with a concrete floor, some old dead cars
inside to scavenge parts from and lots of wood to build
small parts from. Not only did Caroline let us use the barn
but she opened her home to us - let us sleep in her spare
bedroom (we were planning on a sleeping bag in the barn, but
she would have nothing of that) - and she made us hot tea
and warm dinners. What a great and gracious lady!
(And no, she doesn't look like a cat, we're gonna have to
steal a shot of her on our next trip)
Palmer, Teignmouth England
When we were first interested in the ICV, Rachel contacted
us and we talked a bit back and forth. She did a story on
the Plymouth-Dakar for last years event and had become quite
interested in the ICV that went along on that trip. Rachel
drove us all the way down into France to see the old ICV
that blew apart on the trip last year.
She was very tolerant of a couple of American guys and
generous with her time and we're thankful for her help.
Check out her site - some great photos -
There are numerous other folks who we have met along the way who are not on the list...but we thank them as well for all of the help and encouragement!
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(listed in no particular order)
Bruce passed away in
Sept/2004 - he was John's father
in-law. He was a remarkable spirit and extremely kind hearted
man - he donated all his tools to help us prepare the ICV for
the journey to Africa. We'll be donating all the tools to the
charities in The Gambia for auctioning off.
John's wife who works for United Airlines spent a ton of
time working with us to facilitate the numerous flights we had
to take and the inevitable fiascos that occur when traveling
around the world. How many ways can you say "I'm stuck in
London and I can't get home!" Thanks Lynn!
Nic has been hacking the site up for us - making the broken
stuff work and just "gettin r' dun" - It seems every
time I touch something I break it but Nic is patient enough to
just fix it and not make a complete moron out of me - Nic is also a new daddy
and he has somehow managed to squeeze out some time for our
website - Thanks Nic!
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Thank you to those who have helped us prepare for this trip
And all the hundreds of others that have bought
Plymouth-Banjul 2004 T-Shirts to support us!
An extra-special thank you to ALL of our supporters!
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