It's that time of our preparations to choose the vehicle of choice for #ProjectEVA. Plug'n Drive is the perfect place to test out the electric vehicles.
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Hi everyone! I’m happy to share some exciting news about my next expedition, Project EVA (“EVA” is short for Electric Vehicle Africa). In early 2019, I’ll embark on a year-long journey to be the first person to drive a full electric vehicle (EV) around the African continent, proving it can be done!
Project EVA is so much more than an adventure of a lifetime. Swapping hiking boots for an EV, the expedition will build awareness about sustainable transportation and renewable generation in response to Africa’s rapid urban population growth, energy, and transportation needs.
During Crossing Africa, I witnessed first-hand the growing need for transportation and access to energy. My next expedition will shine a spotlight on the value of alternative technologies, and how they can help fulfill our transportation and energy needs. Yes, they exist and work!
In the coming weeks, my team and I will have more exciting news to share about #ProjectEVA. I’ll post updates here on my website and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
THANK YOU all for following along and supporting me on my Crossing Africa journey. I can’t wait to embark on this next one with you. Together, we’ll inspire young Africans and the world to think big and long-term about the limitless possibilities of sustainable innovation.
For more visit mariorigby.com/projecteva
I spent a wonderful few days away to Muskoka, Woodfield to experience My Life Is Art retreat whereEmmanuel Jal lead a group of inspired listeners of his well thought out wisdom on leadership and self development. We enjoyed luxury tents in the forest with the help and support of the Woodfield team who accommodated us. We woke up early every morning to go on muted nature walks or runs followed with YAYA dancing which is a great way for you to feel good and relaxed for the rest of the day.
You can find more details about Emmanuel on his website at www.mylifeisart.org
This is a very touching story about heros and potential heros in Sudan...
It started at the Capital Radio 91.6FM show in Khartoum, I had an interview with Munir who hosts a show there on Fitness and Health, right up my alley for those who don't know my background I started in competitive Track and Field and then to fitness. Immidiately we clicked and Munir asked if I'd like to do a Talk with his youth MMA fighters that he coaches, I was nervous and hesitant at first but thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Sudannesse youth culture.
Let me give a quick background on Munir. He's not your typical human being. Born Sudannesse and raised American while married at an incredibly young age only to come back to Sudan and then be raised on a farm with his family, this young man has ambitions to help the youth of Africa realize their potentional and become the great leaders that Africa so much deserves. Munir along with his friends and family decided to start MMA classes in Khartoum. At first they would train on muddy grounds where dust storms and rain would ruin their sessions. Slowly over time progress was made to build a training center with their own pennies and labour. Now the first and only MMA center in all of Sudan called Muqatel Training Center is here because of Munir's vision. I was astounded at how well put together facility was, it's a must see if you visit Khartoum.
Munir picked me up on his motorcycle to get to his training centre the next day. The facility gleamed with hope and aspirations. I was honored and grateful to just witness this. Before I even started my talk kids asked a million questions that adults usually never ask. They typically want to know the essence of where true courage comes from, how can they achieve and overcome fear. I always tell them, it comes from passion, knowledge and application, sometimes not in that order but always together.
The youths and the coaches at Muqatel Training Center were warmfelt, It was an emotional experience for me. I like to see Africa rise, there is so much potential in this massive continent that is due to reach 4 billion people in as little as 50 years. There needs to be sustainable city projects and education plans in order to feed the mouths of these new people who will eventually become participants on the growth of humanity.
I believe in this project 100 percent and wish I could support with what ever I have. My witness and testimony is my strongest tool, if you can help support the coaches and young athletes at Muqatel Training Center please do so. The money will go to their continued maintainaence, travelling for MMA competitions as to help put Sudan on the map of athletics and mixed martial arts.
Here is how you can contact/support:
Contact: Munir Mohammad (Coach and founder)
Phone: +249 91 673 0589 (Sudan)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MuqatelCenter/
Here's a tribute to Charlotte Straus she's from Berlin, Germany who currently works to travel every few months. Charlotte joined me by foot from Tanzania all the way to Ethiopia. One of the bravest human beings I've ever met and am so lucky to have had her on my side across 2 countries as my campion. We met in Malawi and reunited in Zanzibar where the crazy idea that Charlotte and Charlie (another friend I met) would join me across Tanzania.
Do you know anyone else that would meet a stranger and say let's walk together across Tanzania and Kenya?. The amount of adventures we went through are just unspeakable and it gave me a huge relief from walking alone for a few months. Thank you Charlotte for being there with me and for me. It was truly an honour.
CHISWEA (children of the street welfare association) is a small center located in the streets of Arusha that provides street kids housing and food. Their goal is to give them back a perspective in life by reintegrating them into social life and the educational system so they can lead an autonomous and self-determined life.
Unfortunately, the only sponsor they had stopped its support in 2012, so since then CHISWEA has been struggling a lot. Besides a lack of environmental facilities (water, ..), the consequences of this are found in shortage of food and support of counsellors.
Currently the center is run by only one street-worker on a volunteer base, as the rest of the staff (cooks, teachers, socialworkers,..) had left as their wages could not be payed anymore.
Due to that the 34 adolescents do not receive the care they need nor deserve.
For more information about the center or supporting it check out mario rigbys homepage (http://www.mariorigby.com/chiswea), the homepage made by 2 social-work students from Austria (- though there s unfrtunately only the German version of the website online right now - ) or don't hesitate to send me a personal message for any questions!
Please donate, even the smallest contribution can help sustain this orphanage.
I visited Alverna's Craft Market, it is located on Dolphin Drive. Much of the art and souvenirs at the market are handmade and unique, yet are sourced from the neighbouring nation of Haiti and are not created in the country. This isn’t necessary a bad thing, as such souvenirs are definitely an improvement over the re-branded and mass-produced Asian trinkets common to many Caribbean destinations.
TCI Heritage Tours and Horseback Riding invited me to check out and play with their horses. Heritage Tours and Horseback Riding is a company dedicated to preserving and sharing aspects of Turks & Caicos Islands history and culture. Here is their website www.http://tciheritagetours.com/
What an amazing speaking engagement I had yesterday afternoon at the @ArcteryxToronto store on Queen St West, Toronto. Tim the Marketing Manager did an incredible job of setting everything up (thanks Tim!). Refreshments were provided by David's Tea and a raffle draw saw two winners receive cool Arc'Teryx gear.
Thank you @Arcteryx for your support and helping me share my message of sustainability, humanity, and exploration.
Also thank you to photographer Maylynn from @kidscanadaorg for the great pictures.
Thanks so much for having supported me throughout this 2 year journey. It is just the beginning. Check out my Talk for TEDx ALUbayyid. I'll doing many speaking tours around Canada and around the world.
We live in a world today that desperately needs collaboration from all parts of the globe no matter what tribe, race, gender or religion you're from. To see Africa grow we see humanity grow, that goes for every other continent and nations. Now is the time to put aside our differences and focus on solutions for a more sustainable future, cleaner environment and more tolerant behaviours that we can all thrive from, not just a select (lucky) few but every one of us have much to benefit from this as well as contribute.
It starts with you making the first brave step.
What is it to be a man today? - Power is not Abuse or Domination - Presence is not Absence - Strength is not Hardness - Clarity is not Judgment
- Assertiveness is not Aggression
- Leadership is not Control, Law & Order
- Meditation is not Reclusiveness
We need to change the narrative, we speak a lot about women's rights and roles in society but in order to live in harmony we need to address the issues with men. We are constantly told to be absent, hard, controlling even though that's not what we want. Let me cry if I want to and when I need to, allow me to be vulnerable when It is necessary.
What are your thoughts about a man in the this world today?
#modernman #man #adventure #explorer
This is an advice from me to everyone, it also applies to myself. If you want to go on a week long camping trip, lose 20 pounds or perform a meaningful speech do you just wing it, rely on your instincts or do nothing? All of the above will set you up for failure. Success stories have a backbone no matter how trivial.
Vision, preparation and action are the 3 fundamental stages one most go through in order to accomplish anything well in life. These are based on my own experiences, research and observations of other people who have accomplished success in their lives follow their dreams, or simply just want to try out something new.
At the border my Visa was expired by one day, so the conclusion for them (particularly a woman working there who can't speak English) decided to confiscate my passport without explanation. You can imagine how livid one might become at this moment. I nearly lost it, all the harassment, all the authorities without brains telling me what to do wrong, I just couldn't handle it anymore. However strong my efforts nothing changed. A few hours later a man came to my rescue who knows a little English and he explained to me that my passport is to be mailed back to Addis Ababa to immigration there. I thought why the hell couldn't they have made an easy phone call or done it like every other country in the world where you pay a late fee at the border. This made life incredibly difficult. I had to take a bus back to Addis to retrieve my passport and pay a late fee.
I’m in Ethiopia and it’s beautiful here. My time in Kenya however felt too short and fast. Charlotte and I covered roughly 1000km in 1 month. I climbed Mount Kenya, walked with Massai warriors and enjoyed the vastness of scenic lands. I will write a blog on my experience of Kenya on my website http://www.mariorigby.com
Ethiopia, although I’ve only been here a few days has great coffee, delicious foods and a very diverse background of African tribes who live along the Great Rift Valley. I will hang out in Addis for 2 weeks where I try to find funds to continue my walk across this cuntry, then begin my Ethiopia to North Sudan walk. I’m really excited to explore this incredibly vibrant and rich country.
On the sad news my most trusting companion Charlotte will be heading back to Berlin for school. She has joined me solidly from Iringa, Tanzania to Moyale, Kenya (border between Kenya and Ethiopia). It won’t be the same without her, the bravest person you could ever meet.
A modern explorer recently finished a voyage of walking across Africa entirely by foot and kayak.