Well...it finally happened! Dove Australia, my first choice of sponsor and yet the one I was so sure I would never manage to get - have come through like champions, and are funding the next leg of the walk.
I am still pinching myself.
They are donating half of what I asked for - but enough to get me back on the road, buy my camels, and keep walking. I am thrilled beyond belief, and still struggling to accept that it has actually happened. This photo was taken by Blush photography and used in the proposal - I want to mention the folk at Blush in Toorak, Melbourne, as they were enormously helpful and extremely supportive.
I honestly can't write a whole lot tonight, as suddenly my head is totally spinning - and I am also thinking about the squillion things I need to organise before I get back out there! I have less than a month, and until now, I think I have superstitiously been avoiding dealing with the practicalities in case the money didn't turn up.
But now it has. I cannot describe the feeling - after so long of wondering if this would ever come together, this has been an almost surreal experience.
I was due to announce the winners of my raffle on the site tomorrow. But I am going to keep it up there for a couple more weeks - I am trying to raise enough money to buy a digital camcorder to record the rest of the walk, with an eye to making a documentary, and also to upload podcasts as I go. So all proceeds from the raffle will go towards that end.
For all of you that have supported me, believed in me and the walk, and sent messages of encouragement through the last few months - thankyou. I will pay you all back with huge blogs when I am back in the road, one month from now.
A huge big cheers. I am going to crack the bubbly!!!