Monthly Archives: May 2009

$4,500! Only $2,300 to go!

Hey guys,

I just got an alert from Google Checkout on my most recent donation, which puts me over $4,500. Thanks to all my sponsors who have helped me get this far. and thanks in advance to all my future sponsors who will help put me over the top.

Now, if I could just get this stupid graph to keep the total running right. It’s like it resets to zero whenever it feels like it :-p

3rd Meeting

Hey guys,

Thanks for all the donations and pledges yesterday, all we have left to raise is $2400!

Yesterday we had another meeting with the people to people delegation. For economic reasons, five more of the delegates have dropped out 🙁

We discussed hotel behavior, packing and the home-stay visits. After watching videos on these topics, the parents went over to sign waivers and the students had an icebreaking activity. We all took an m&m and we had to talk about a certain topic. I had skill that I’m most proud of, and it would have to be my debate skills.

After that we read the waivers our parents had signed. Kind of creepy, as one line mentioned all the exciting new ways to die on a surfboard (dragged out to sea, being run over by another surfboard and the ominous “encounter with an ocean creature.” Less creepy (and kindof cool) is how the host family might ask us to pan for gold in the backyard: an activity that the Aussies call “fossicking”).

Our next (and final) pre-journey meeting is June 6th, and we leave in only 68 days!