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Bi-Annual Blog

January 2017

26 hours, 3 flights and 4 countries and we find ourselves back in Tanzania, the country where Ashley and I found each other. This time we are not single volunteers, we are, of course married and we have our 21-month-old daughter Indie with us. It’s been 3 and half years since we have been back and things have certainly changed in every aspect of our lives.

April 2016

I often find myself thinking how lucky I am in living the life I am currently living, I have a beautiful and caring wife who I am deeply in love with and is aligned in every way possible to what it is we are trying to achieve, I have a gorgeous daughter who amazes me everyday with her wonderful ways – I am also deeply in love with her, I have two successful businesses that give me the ability and allow me the freedom to focus on my charity, and then, of course, I have the charity that I run, which is really our reason for being.

Biannual Newsletter

I often find myself thinking how lucky I am in living the life I am currently living, I have a beautiful and caring wife who I am deeply in love with and is aligned in every way possible to what it is we are trying to achieve, I have a gorgeous daughter who amazes me everyday with her wonderful ways – I am also deeply in love with her, I have two successful businesses that give me the ability and allow me the freedom to focus on my charity, and then, of course, I have the charity that I run, which is really our reason for being.

The Next Phase

One hour and 50min from Phnom Penh to Kuala Lumpur en-route to Sydney, a trip I have done many times, reflecting on the past few months and in particular the trip of the past 4 days to Cambodia.   This time I fly back to a young family that I miss terribly. The take off was not ideal with some nasty turbulence as we went through the standard Phnom Penh afternoon storms that plague the city this time of year – scary moments for me, you wouldn’t imagine it with all the travelling I do but I absolutely hate flying. 

Back in Manly

What an interesting space I find myself in – after spending almost 2 years in developing countries, I am back in Manly with my new wife, a beautiful baby girl due in 3 weeks and an organic café opening in 2 months. How things change, but how they stay the same.

In January I walked for 10 days across Vietnam, a fraction of what Brian Ford did. I joined him for the start of his journey, his Trek for Education journey that has taken him 2,200 km’s across Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand to support the children of IBSH.

Check Your Privilege

My last couple of blogs entries have been, can I say, a little too shallow – here I attempt to go deep and to challenge you all sitting there comfortably in your living rooms reading this.

It’s interesting how those of us who have the most privilege in the world are often those least inclined to give to others. I suppose it is in line with the saying, the more you have the more you have to lose. It is here that our attachment to things, which we perceive as being important blind us from seeing what truly is. Our lives become shrouded by ‘things’, ‘objects, ‘stuff’. From televisions, the latest designer clothes, exotic overseas holidays, to concerns about the amount of ‘likes’ we receive on a recent Facebook status, climbing the corporate ladder, or our Christmas bonus at the end of the financial year. Whatever it is, our acquisition of and attachment to things, rather than to people become the driving force of our existence.

A time for rest, re-building and reflection.

Over the last 22 months I have experienced more than one man could ever hope to experience in a lifetime. I left the comforts of everything I knew, I immersed myself in developing countries, I dedicated my life to helping others, I had adventure after adventure, met extraordinary people, I laughed, I cried, I felt lonely, angry, happy, sad, elated, disappointment, I saved lives, I witnessed death, I missed people, I adapted, I fell in love, I got engaged and pregnant and with Ashley by my side we did it all again and will continue to. What an extraordinary life we lead, blessed to both find each other and be aligned in our vision to help others.

It’s been over 4 months

Since I have written a blog and I have really missed converting my thoughts to sentences, sitting down for a couple of hours and telling a story. I write this now sitting in my humble abode in a tiny rural village called Krang Lovea surrounded by some of the young children from the Child Rescue Centre in Cambodia that Ashley and I are now living in. Ashley is sitting on our floor leading a painting session right now and it fills me with happiness, joy and gratitude that she is here sharing this adventure with me. I truly am a lucky man.

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