We made our Kickstarter target – 7 days early! MEGA thanks to you all! 15th Oct deadline – still time to pledge for Jason Florio’s fine art prints!

And, it’s a BIG thank you to New York photographer, Robert Wright, for pushing us over the Kickstarter edge – making our target, and some! We are now safe in the knowledge that all your pledges, for the River Gambia Expedition, will be released after the deadline of the 15th October. We can breathe again – and pay for the second 811 Ally folding canoe, for our Gambian team mates, at last!

We had a such an amazing response to both this Kickstarter campaign and to our ongoing ‘An Exchange’ program on the blog. So, if you know anyone who would like to jump on board too, for Jason Florio’s limited edition fine art photography prints (taken whilst we are on the expedition or from his black/white and colour collection  on-line gallery), it’s not too late –  ‘An Exchange’ will still be up until Oct 31st and the KS campaign is on for another 6 days (15th Oct).

Yellowbrick 'YB3' Tracking Device - follow our (almost) every move on the expedition

Expedition tracking coming soon – please check out the blog in the meantime

You’ll all be able to track our progress, when we start the expedition proper (we’ll start the tracking off when we fly down to The Gambia, West Africa, on the 16th Oct, to last minute prep with our Gambian team mates, Abdou and Ebu). The Yellowbrick link is on our River Gambia Expedition blog’s home page – all ready to go – all you will need to do is click on the logo to go to our Yblog, where you will find our West Africa map (once we start tracking)

L-R: Alkalo Dam Sallah, Kerr Sait Maram and Alkalo Fatou Dansu, Kabba Kama, Basse, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 2009

We’re looking forward to getting down there, getting on the road and the river and into the villages. And, hopefully, along the way, we’ll meet some old friends – whilst on the River Gambia, we’ll be passing by some of the villages we stayed in on our last expedition, ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’, where we are sure to encounter some of the chiefs, ‘Alkalos’, who sat for  portraits, and which resulted in an award-winning body of work ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’

And, more importantly, we hope to make many more new friends, as we travel through Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia – to bring back stories and images, which we will also be uploading to our blog, and the Yblog, as often as we can/whenever we can find a connection. So, if you haven’t already, sign up to get the updates on the blog, ‘like’ our FB page, or follow us on Twitter 

We’d love to get more of your messages whilst we are out there, trekking and paddling, in West Africa, so please do sign up for the blog etc, to enable you to message us – see right hand side of this page ‘follow us…please’

Again, huge thanks to every one of you for your fantastic support, best wishes, good lucks, watch out for the hippos (we’ll do our darn-tootin’ best!!), and words of encouragement – above and beyond what we could wish for.

Flo & H – Iten, The Great Rift Valley, Kenya, E. Africa – on assignment for AFAR Magazine. Image by Alex Matalambut Keles – THE best fixer/guide in The Great Rift Valley!

Abraka Baci (‘many thanks’ in Mandinka)

Jason & Helen (‘Flo’ & ‘H’)

P.S. Still time to pledge on Kickstarter for Jason’s limited edition fine art prints. Check out the link below for all the details. Deadline 15th Oct!

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


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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