MORRI 2 AFRICA - The Journey Continues in Botswana....
The original trip was to drive my 1958 Morris Minor from Aberdeen to Cape Town to raise $30,000 for the Cancer Society Research Division - mission accomplished!
UPDATE - Mission accomplished! over $35,000 raised for the Cancer Society Research Division, I am now based in Botswana, drove back up when I reached Cape Town and decided to make it my home! Thank you to everyone who donated and followed, watch this space for more updates.
My name is Laura, I’m the proud owner of a 1958 Morris Minor - "Charlie"
Setting out from my home port of Picton, driving to Auckland, shipping Charlie from Auckland to Aberdeen, Scotland, then driving all the way from Aberdeen through the UK and Europe, then through Africa down to Cape Town. All donations go directly to the cause.
My Dad and I shared the same love for the Morris Minor he passed onto me a few years ago, named Charlie after my Granda who had the same coloured Morris when my Dad was a child growing up in Scotland, hence the reason he bought it.
It was always one of my Dad's dreams to drive from his birth city of Aberdeen, through Europe, and Africa to Cape Town. Unfortunately he never got to do it as he passed away from melanoma in 2016. I couldn’t think of anything more significant than completing this journey in his name, in the car we both shared a love of. It’s been over a year since my Dad passed, of course I'm still coming to terms with his death and the nature of such an aggressive cancer.
A brief history about myself - I was born in Zambia, moved to Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe before we moved to Picton when I was 13. My African history since then - I have backpacked from Cape Town to Nairobi over 4 months, worked in Northern Mozambique for 7 months, returned to work on overland trucks for 9 months from Rwanda to Cape Town before settling in Botswana for 2 years back in 2010. I visited Ethiopia on holiday last year for 3 weeks. I’m 35 years old and have been living back in New Zealand for five years. I'm lucky enough to call Africa and New Zealand home.
I’m fully aware this journey is going to take a lot of commitment and preparation, it is a cause that is very close to my heart and a journey that I’m determined to complete.
Thanks for reading my story, and please support my effort to raise funds for the Cancer Society Research Division by donating through my certified Cancer Society page which you can access here
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