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Hello All,
 
When you think of Africa, what comes to mind?
 
The 2010 Tour d'Afrique is complete and I would like to thank you all for your contributions to SELF, for helping to spread the word, and for following my progress.  Your involvement has touched me deeply.
 
I would like to say that in the past four months, I experienced an intimate discovery of African culture.  I did experience an intimate view of some African roads, traffic and majestic landscapes; but the tour dynamic was my focal point, which seemed to leave little time to immerse myself in the African cultures. However, I did get a lot closer to Africa's vibe than my usual perch which can usually only see the likes of the New York Times or the BBC.
 
So what does the word "Africa" bring to mind?  I'm guessing - poverty/war/corrupt dictators/lions and elephants.  While I saw some lion and elephant, I saw no poverty I haven't seen in New York City, I didn't see any fighting, and I didn't meet any dictators(that I know of).  This doesn't mean Africa does not have any of the above, it's just that those images should not define this large complex continent.
 
I chose to raise money for SELF - an NGO whose mission is to help developing countries improve their infrastructure.  After my journey, I am even more optimistic that SELF's model will be more productive - then simply giving money - for Africa's future. As I experienced first hand, if you give a person some cash, they spend it to satiate an immediate desire, which is soon forgotten, but yet the expectation for a handout is even stronger.  However, if you give someone the opportunity to make something for you, they might drive a hard bargain, but they take pride in the work they have done.  Instead of exploiting Africa's resources, what if the developed world helped Africa learn how capitalize its own natural and intellectual resources?
 
Africa is the 2nd largest continent (bigger then North America and Europe) and it has 54 countries, where 2000 different languages are spoken by a billion people - this is what I found on wikipedia.  What I found on our bike ride, is the people are proud, friendly, hospitable and willing to work for their future....IF left to their own devices. 
 
Thank you again for your support.
 
Sincerely,
 
Tim
 
P.S.  I will close down the SELF fundraising at the end of this week, but will continue to update my blog with my observations of Southern Africa during the World Cup.

 

Supporters

Comment Donation
Theo Tim, well done!
$100.00
Fordham Squash Team Thanks for your hardwork and inspiration!
$180.00
Shannon Miller Tim Thomas, I always have and always will believe in you and the amazing things you do!!
$30.00
Patrice Magee Nice work! Sorry this is so late, not that organized!
$1,500.00
Antony Had too see you made Cape Town first before I paid up! LOL
$50.00
Amy Murphy You're amazing... so proud of you!!!!!!
$100.00
Anonymous Laura Smith
$50.00
Annette I'm very impressed! Sorry it's late.
$75.00
Ralph & john henry Its been a fun 4 months!!!
$50.00
Joe Rowan Sorry it is so late, congrats
$100.00
Alicja Dobrucka better late than never
$30.00
Mike Middleton Shot dude!
$50.00
Ngqusho, Zephyr, Lucy, Kim et al. Great accomplishment, congrats
$100.00
Emma Congratulations! One ferocious cat to another!
$50.00
nic have fun!
$25.00
Dave Namibia was awsome
$50.00
Anonymous Onwards
$100.00
Eliot Table Mt. will soon be in your sites!
$100.00
Zephyr Go for it
$25.00
Ngqusho Getting close
$25.00
Bald Eagle Bukhela kahle eVic Falls
$25.00
jim seuffert Stage win=$.Who's in?
$300.00
Anonymous Not all that wander are lost
$600.00
Mike & Karen Bruno Mmmm....save us some marinated warthog! Best wishes, Mike & Karen
$200.00
Therese Good luck!
$50.00
Christina Burn some rubber! Wait.. it's Africa, right? That's gonna be an easy one..
$100.00
Lucy Great riding . . . getting closer to my cousins.
$25.00
April Howard You go boy! I'm going back to Spain this summer, wish you could be there!
$50.00
ring sting http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/6466-000004/Photonica
$150.00
Laurice Good luck!
$50.00
Curtiss Hannum & Scott Sampson So cool!
$50.00
Marisol What an experience this will be! Such an amazing opportunity. Have fun and good luck!!
$40.00
Colleen Mahoney Best of luck Tim!
$150.00
Zephyr Watch my cousin kitties
$25.00
Cecilia and Chris Good luck and we love the blog
$50.00
Pearson Lori Mabry has made Pearson aware of your effort. Best of luck in your cause.
$368.75
Alex Good luck! Have fun!!
$50.00
Henry Geddes 1st installment, see you back in FL for some skinny squash!, good luck lad!
$300.00
Michael Tranzilli Youre a good man
$100.00
ralph & john Henry first installment
$500.00
Eileen I found your story in the Daily Local News. Thank you and enjoy the journey!
$50.00
Lisa Have a blast!
$250.00
Michelle Logue Good Luck Tim!!!
$100.00
Ghanouj You're much braver than I am.
$25.00
CK Stay out of the Badlands
$200.00
Laurie Spokes easy
$100.00
Janet Joyce Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail - Emerson
$100.00
Richard & Laurie You are "the one"!
$100.00
George H You're my hero Buddy!!
$250.00
Sunshine Good Luck !
$200.00

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