Hi there, We are the Zapp family and we want to tell you that we are living the Dream that we have since we were 14 years old ... to go around the world!
We've been on the road for 18 years now, and with joy, we can tell you that we have already achieved 95% of our journey.
We are now on the last leg of our journey, returning home ... And so far, we have managed by selling our book "Spark your dream", but to cross the Atlantic we need a big push from you.
First ... but who are the Zapps?
We are a family of six. Candelaria who was a secretary in a doctor's office, Herman who was a network technician and our four children, who were born during our trip: Pampa, Tehue, Paloma and Wallaby.
We are like everyone, we have fears, doubts and we lack much of the material that is needed to go around the world ... Even so, we are about to achieve it ... and we believe that the most surprising thing is that we are traveling in a car made in 1928.
It all started on January 25th, 2000 when we were only the two of us. We left our comfort zone and fears aside ... And we went for our goal ... we went for our dream.
Obviously ... the beginning was not easy at all. We'd never done this, we were not mechanics and a car needs a lot of garage work. We barely had any money ... didn't qualify for visas ... thus, we didn't have many chances to achieve this Dream.
And yet, we have already traveled the 5 continents !!!!! Who would have said? Believe or not, we even built a canoe to go down the Amazon, we reached the Everest, the Arctic sea in Alaska and Europe, we walked the Chinese wall, we went around Australia, we crossed deserts and we arrived at Pacific islands where no car had ever been.
We realized that you have to try, that it doesn't matter HOW MUCH YOU HAVE, but HOW MUCH YOU WANT IT. Every town, every kilometer, we did it, by putting all our hope and enthusiasm.
And during the trip, another dream was accomplished, the nicest one of all. We got the FAMILY title! Pampa, Tehue, Paloma, and Wallaby were born in different countries during the voyage!
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But ... what about the car? It's a Graham Paige from 1928. We continue traveling on the same car with its wooden spokes. We just had to stretch it a little and install a tent on the roof so we could all fit in... Everyone said it would be only problems ... And it was quite the opposite. This car is simple, slow and stylish ... perfect for adventure and to get close to people.
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Second ... What is a Crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding means that together, we make a community to provide resources to achieve a project.
It is not something new ... when we crossed the Amazon, we saw, that the aboriginals gathered together to built a canoe for someone in the community and called that a "Minga". We saw it again with the Amish in Belize ... And now it's called Crowdfunding worldwide.
What is this crowdfunding for?
With this crowdfunding we can get your support, to be able to raise the funds for sailing across the Atlantic and go back to the continent where all started.
As it is the last big step of this huge Dream, we would like to make our GREATEST ADVENTURE OF THE WHOLE JOURNEY by sharing it with you.
We will cross aboard a cargo ship powered only by sail from the Canary Islands to the Guianas in South America.
Fairtransport.eu is an NGO with 4 sailboats and one of them, is the beautiful ship "Tres Hombres" which has already made 9 round trips from Europe to America. This NGO wants to set the example and raise awareness, that cargo can be carried in a more ecological way ... because the 14 largest cargo ships on the planet, consume as much fuel as all the cars in the world, Unbelievable!
So going back to America sailing in "Tres Hombres" is not only a super special trip but also, more ecological. Imagine the beautiful car of 1928 aboard Tres Hombres with all its sails catching the breeze ... That is the end that THIS DREAM DESERVES. The perfect ending!
In addition to these two dreams that are being fulfilled, this crowdfunding adds something even better ... not to raise funds to achieve something material but to achieve something that warms everyone's hearts and inspires many to go for their own dreams.
Third ... let's see ... Why being part of a Dream?
Well, because being the person who helps to accomplish dreams ... is a wonderful feeling!
Let us tell you about our first day of travel.
On January 25, 2000, we started our dream ... with countless fears. We left our house and the first day of the trip, we only managed to do 55 km because the car already had problems with its wooden spokes.
In the first town we stopped, we go to see the mechanic and he tells us that he can not do anything because the problem is on the wooden wheels and he is not a carpenter.
He recommends us to go to a blacksmith and there we go ... without knowing what we would find. We are surprised to see three old brothers ... in a very old blacksmith shop. The three of them immediately know what the problem is and set about fixing the wheels.
While they were fixing it, they started asking what we were doing with such an old car and we told them about our dream, that it was our first day of travel.
The blacksmiths listened and while fixing the wheels they even showed me how to do it if it happened again.
When they finished their work, I asked them how much it would cost.
No ... We're not going to charge you - they said.
And why not?
Because you told us that this is your dream ...
And we want to be part of your dream.
On the first day of travel, our first angels were waiting for us.
THEY HELPED US START ... Now that we are about to finish ... IT IS YOU WHO CAN HELP US FINISH IT.
Well, that's how humanity is ... we love being part of dreams, we love it when a dream comes true.
That's why we invite you to be part of this dream that without imagining it, it became the inspiration for many more dreams.
Fourth ... Let's go to the numbers
This crowdfunding is for 5,000 euros, although in reality, it is only part of what we need. The total cost is 22,000 Euros since there are port fees, cranes, 30 days of travel for the six of us, and a huge detour that the ship has to make to take us to Guyana.
If we manage with your help that this campaign is a success and also reach more than 5,000 euros... along with some savings that we have plus what we will make from now to October ... we will be embarking in the first days of November and so, with the Trade Winds, we'll navigate to SouthAmerica!!!
If we achieve the goal of 5000 euros or even more we have more rewards for all.
And if we get more, we can bring on board a Cameraman to achieve the best Short Film.
Everything else, will be to keep sharing, and thus, be able to inspire many more people to go for the most beautiful thing that one has ... Dreams!
We put together a wonderful team to organize this campaign, it's just that we could not achieve it by ourselves.
We have asked for help and happy are helping us:
In Production and Camera, Rafael Lanús.
Edition and staging, Augusto Castellano.
Realization and direction of the Crowdfunding,
Execution and management, Gabriel Kosowsky.
They all want to be part
and they do it from their heart.
And now, that this campaign is underway WE HOPE TO COUNT ON YOU in this team!
THANK YOU!!! Thanks, from the six Zappitos with an immense hug for being part of this Dream!
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING THAT HAPPENS TO US IS TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH YOU!
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