I admire you. I am in awe of you, and what you plan to do. I can’t begin to comprehend the courage needed to plan such a journey, let alone undertake it.
In a little over six months time you will begin a journey of three thousand miles, much of it through hostile territory. The risk of attacks by bandits and terrorists is high and aid workers have been kidnapped for ransom or killed for what they own. Your caravan will make an attractive target for those who take what they want by force. You need an armed escort if you are even to survive, let alone reach your intended destination: the refugee camps of the Sahrawi people in Tindouf Province in the Algerian Western Sahara.
Your aim is ambitious: to distribute 20,000 Sustainable Food Growing Kits in 2013, so that the Sahrawi people can begin to grow their own food. To help at least some of these tens of thousands of people become more independent; restoring dignity to a people displaced by war almost 40 years ago. This mission will see one hundred such “gardens in a box” delivered to the Sahrawi people. Later the kits will be flown in via military airbases and distributed by women’s groups, but this first adventure will demonstrate your commitment and raise awareness not only of the project, but of this people and their predicament.
Each kit costs £575 and if you are to be successful you will need sponsorship. I hope anyone who reads this will contact their local schools, businesses, churches, etc. to tell them about the New Dawn project and ask them to consider sponsoring a kit, or contribute something towards one.
Every penny contributed will go towards the kits. Perhaps people might consider making a small donation themselves: even a fiver will help.
The more people who know about New Dawn, the more likely it will be to succeed. Twitter users can tweet to hashtag #4×4xfiver to show their support for the project. Anyone with contacts in the media might ask their media contacts to highlight it.
God speed, Martin. I look forward to your safe return.