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Fixin' Poverty - Tues 27 Sept

What a difference a sleep makes!

Inspired by Big A's 183km all-nighter on Sunday night, Reid and El teamed up to do a 300km team effort from 8pm Mon to 8am Tues. This was in 4  x 3 hour stints, of 75km each.

This really allowed for the home base to get ahead 300km (not a short drive) and sent up a decent camp. We got lots of sleep (i.e. 5 hours) and woke to a very pretty sunrise. Good sleep does wonders. The mood around camp and out on the road was pretty fun, everyone inspiring each other to go well.

We took the opportunity to restock food supplies in Ceduna and grab some Hungry Jacks. The 'day shift' was taken by Big A and Kelvin, with Dan, Sammy and I in the Kia. It was great riding conditions - Big A was in the zone, only slowing down for a bottle swap in his second 75km stint (good catch mate). Kelvin did his biggest day yet, with 2 x 50km segments.

Dinner was prepared at the Apex Park in Minnipa, before the night shift kicked in. The plan was 3 x 110km for El, Reid then Andy. We know we're off the Nullarbor now, it's no longer flat!

Coming through Port Augusta, we noticed a roadwork sign:

Horrocks Pass Rd
Closed Mon 26 - Wed 28

Umm, that's the way we were going... Some quick roadside research followed (SA Police and road condition updates, Google Maps for route options - distance and profile) and we decided to take the detour. It was up a nasty bit of road, according to Andy - it was a poorly maintained Roman Road (very rough!).

This detour was forced upon us, by circumstances beyond our control. How we handle circumstances thrust upon us is a reflection of character and faith.

Poverty is way more than just a lack of money. Poverty is a social condition in which a person/community is trapped, generally by factors beyond their control. It manifests in a lack of money, nutritious food, poor health, lack of access to health, lack of opportunity, etc.

Eagles Wings exists in Zambia to help a community rise above poverty. Through educating a generation, we are providing hope and opportunities for a brighter future. In 2015, we had our inaugural Grade 12 class graduate. A number of these students, have been supported into further education leading to careers in nursing, education, health and safety, construction and apprenticeships. It is our hope that through their education, they will rise above their circumstances and bring their community with them. When you educate one person, the ripple effects change their family and ultimately their community.

- Nat

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Fixin' Poverty - Wed 28 Sept
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