UPDATE: Helping James with Make-A-Wish Australia!

You may remember a few months ago I met a brave bloke called James who was battling with Leukaemia (see video below). A great guy who has been through a lot of late, James is in an inspiration in many ways.

Well in conjunction with becoming an ambassador for Make-A-Wish Australia we decided that we would try and make his dream of going four-wheel driving and campaign under the stars come true. As always I reached out to the 100 Things community and the results and donations were incredible.

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As well as getting his entire 4×4 upgraded, we managed to get an array of four wheel driving gifts donated including a trip to Ayres Rock in the heart of Australia.

Well after a few months of no contact, the ever appreciative James just sent me an update on his adventures and I thought I’d share this with you. I can’t stop smiling.

I think there is something holistic about being able to see results from community philanthropy and to be able to see the joy it brings someone is nothing short of epic.

To James and everyone who donated, thank you. You’re all awesome!

 

‘Hi Seb,

I hope you had a great Easter! 

I know it’s been a while since we have been in contact, however, in that time I have been hitting the tracks and loving the gifts from everyone. 

Shortly after meeting you and receiving those gifts I took my parents up to Rainbow Beach. We had such a great time (they’ve been pestering me to take them back, haha). The gifts came in very, very handy, especially the GPS. I was able to mark where our camp was and other points of interest like Freshwater Rd and Leisha Track which made getting around very easy. I actually didn’t take any water on that 3 day trip. All I used to get clean drinking water was the water purifier I received. 

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I also went up to Rainbow Beach with my friends over the Easter long weekend. I lost track of the amount of times I used the GPS. One of my friends brought his jet ski up with him and we launched it from Inskip Point and ducked over to Fraser Island for a couple of hours. I was able to plot where he anchored the jet ski and go for a wander around Fraser Island. Needless to say we found the jet ski okay, even if we forgot it was high tide heading towards low tide… We all enjoyed the next 30 minutes dripping in sweat while trying to drag and dig the jet ski back into the water. We eventually did it though! I was also able to plot where we dropped our crab nets on the GPS which made collecting the nets a breeze. 

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After my first trip up to Rainbow Beach with my parents, I have started to become really interested in photography. I think the reason is because, since I can now get to places by myself, I may not necessarily be able to share that experience with very many people. So by taking photographs of what I see, I can share those same views with others. I’m still learning how to take great landscape photographs, but here’s a few from the weekend.

I’ve now started to plan a trip up to The Cape with my dad and my sister’s partner. Hopefully by then, I will have bought a DSLR, tripod and a few other bits and pieces and have learnt how to take some sensational photos with it which will enable me to share my experiences with everyone. 

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I’d just like to thank you, Make A Wish and everyone who donated. It really does mean a lot to me. I really cannot put it into words how grateful I am. I just hope that me getting out there, camping and taking the people I care about with me to  share in these experiences and  unforgettable memories with will be suffice.

I believe George Elliston said it best when he said, “How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.” 

Thanks,

James J’

 

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