JBFC on the RoadNovember 11, 2013 4:34 pm
Twice a year, JBFC goes on the road. Every November (and April), I leave my home in Tanzania and come back to my home country to visit friends and family, connect with our incredible network of supporters, and spread the word about JBFC.
We fly, drive, and catch trains in nearly half a dozen states in at least two different time zones. It’s a whirlwind of speeches and seminars, coffees and conference calls, and hugs and handshakes. It’s exhilarating and I’ll readily admit a little exhausting at times, but well worth it if we can convince one more person to help us in our fight to end extreme rural poverty in Tanzania. Here’s a little glimpse of what we’ve been up to this trip:
Miles Traveled This Trip: Roughly 18,580 Miles (Give or take a few)
U.S. States Visited: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts; Next Stop: Oklahoma
|Masters School, NY|
Speeches Given: 7 in 9 days
|JBFC Ambassadors in Bronxville, NY|
|Tower Hill School, Wilmington, DE|
Road Trips: 2 and we’re making our 3rd up to Deerfield, Massachusetts at the writing of this blog.
U.S. Senators I’ve talked to about JBFC: 1 – Sen. Chris Coons, from Delaware
Funniest Question Asked: “Aren’t there really big scorpions there?” – A Bronxville, NY 5th Grader
Number of times my boys have called since I left Tanzania: 3
Staff emails I’ve received since I left Tanzania:
Number of times we’ve shown the JBFC video: 6 times
Number of technical difficulties with the JBFC Video: Only 1!!!!
A big thank you to all of our hosts in the U.S. – Margaret & Andy Paul, Ruth & Mark Wood, Andrew Jones and his parents for hosting the Bronxville Ambassadors, Jenny Brorsen, Kelly & David Gates, Deerfield Academy, Tower Hill School, Masters School, Bronxville Schools, Penny Ashford for the beautiful photos at our Delaware event, Gail & Brian Frederick of Joseph Frederick & Sons, who donated our beautiful event space in Delaware, Jim Agnello, Sarah Lawrence College, Jake Dollarhide of Longbow Management who will soon host us in Tulsa, Ok and last but not least my loving parents – Carene & Ron Gates.
I’ll be back in April. If you would like me to come speak to your school or church, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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