A hare’s breath away from our target – and 9 days from flying down to West Africa for the River Gambia Expedition

Update: Sunday 7th October, 2012

We’ve had an overwhelming response to both our initial ‘An Exchange’ offer, here on the website (which is still running) and our most recent Kickstarter campaign (deadline is the 15th October), for our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’.

Fisherman on the River Gambia, at Dusk, The Gambia, West Africa – Image © Jason Florio 2009

At the risk of repeating ourselves, we are both beyond humbled by everyone’s support and words of encouragement for our photography documentary expedition, down to West Africa, which will take us on over a 1000km journey – travelling by foot and canoes.

Following are just a few of the  comments from some of our donors, from all over the globe, which have helped galvanize us over the months of planning – especially at times when we couldn’t see the wood for the trees (or the River Gambia for the woods on our maps!):

Robert ‘Rob’ Jones – Fort Myers, Florida, USA Robert ‘Rob’ Jones – Fort Myers, Florida, USA “Here’s a little help…I will be following your adventure. Be safe doing the good work. Your friend, Bob”

Thomas Donley  – Photographer – New York, NY, USA. “I wish you and your entire team, very well. Here’s to great adventures!!! I look forward to the updates…Enjoy! Enjoy Enjoy!”

Claire & Glenn PottQueensland, AustraliaSounds like you will be having an amazing journey. We look forward to reading all your updates (before, during and after!). Good luck Jason and Helen. Sending lots of Aussie love and well wishes!”

Fiona Cullinan – Journalist – Birmingham, UK“Sounds like a wonderful expedition! Great to see you making it happen, despite the collapse in media budgets! Looking forward to seeing the reports and your new fine art photography collection (from the expedition)”

Andy NeedhamUNHCRNairobi, Kenya, East Africa.Hi Jason, Helen, stay clear of the crocs! Keep away from things with sharp teeth! All the best, Andy’

There are so many more, far too many to put in this one little post. However, you can check them out, if you so wish, on our BIG Love & Thanks page.

Florio ‘Is that an island, Jones, or is it a hippo?’ Image © Tyrone Florio

Thank you really doesn’t seem anywhere near adequate…however, we are extremely thankful and very, very grateful for all the support, and belief, in what we are about to embark on. Also, we just spoke with our Gambian team mates, Abdou and Ebu, over Skype, in The Gambia, this morning and they are as excited as we are, to get down to Guinea, to begin the expedition proper.

The River Gambia Expedition Route Map

Now…we just have to beat our Kickstarter target by the 15th October – otherwise they don’t release the funds! We’re nearly there though…so, if you have couple of dollars/pounds/yen/pesos/krone/moolah to spare, there will be rewards for all.

Click on image to support our KS page-Deadline 15th Oct. 2012

Huge thanks to everyone!

Florio & Helen x



About River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS: award-winning photojournalist. Helen Jones-Florio: expedition & photography producer. 2009: The couple co-led the West Africa expedition 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - the first circumnavigation of the small West African country, by foot, with two donkeys and a cart. Resulting in the award-winning series of portraits of Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo's) www.floriophoto.com (under 'Projects') http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/ 2012-13: The couple co-led their second West Africa expedition - 'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea Africa odyssey' over-landing for 400km and canoeing the River Gambia for 720km https://rivergambiaexpedition2012.wordpress.com
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