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A generous $2,500 donation!

17 Nov

Wow, I sat down at my laptop on my lunch break and opened up my email to quickly check it while I inhaled my sandwich. With a splatter of ham, cheese, tomato, spinach and mayo (I’m pretty sure it was mayo) on the screen I gained the news that the Final Continent Expedition (FCE) charity Bicycles for Humanity had been donated $2,500!

The generous donor was Avonlea Minerals, a Perth based Exploration Company that has a presence in Namibia. Managing Director, David Riekie found out about the FCE cause after friend Sam (I owe Sam, he got me my current job, and has also personally donated his children’s university fund to the FCE charity) forwarded him on an email from me about potential company donations. David already knew of the great work that BEN, Namibia (the charity that receives the Bicycle for Humanity sea container in Africa and implements them as bike workshops) does and was a big fan of them. It also turns out that David is a keen cyclist, so if all falls into place he may join us for a little pedal when we pass through Namibia.

And to answer your question that I have already been asked “do I have an ethical issue with having a mining exploration company donate?”. A simple answer, NO. Firstly, I would be an absolute hypocrite, because I have worked on the oil rigs and I’m currently funding my personal expense of the expedition by working my current job for an exploration company. But this is the reason I’m doing the African continent human powered (admittedly I am flying there – I’m not the strongest of swimmers), I want to take responsibility for my previous jobs, and I want to give back. Give back to the people’s generosity I have received over the years of my working the world quest by helping an African community in need. I also want to give back to the environment, most notably try to off-set my working in Antarctica on that floating monstrosity of over consumption known as a cruise ship by having minimal carbon foot print for Africa, hence cycling and decreasing my farting.

So like myself, I think it is great that Avonlea Minerals are taking responsibility for their actions and supporting a charity that will have a positive impact on the local environment in which they work, I think more companies need to take a leaf out of Avonlea Minerals book. And if you are a company with money lying around in need of a great cause, I think you will find it by going to this site.

And hell, it isn’t like bloody Bin Laden is donating money to me –I tried to google his contact details but couldn’t find them. If you know of any organic daisy farmers willing to donate, the FCE will be more than happy to accept their pesticide free money.

As great as it is to receive such a large donation, and I may have done a little dance and pelvic pumped the air, the little donations mean just as much. If I remember one thing from bible studies at primary school – I’m unsure why my school had bible studies as it wasn’t religious- was a story about Jesus or some other pretty cool biblical dude who was asking for money for something (maybe for a sea container of bikes) and a millionaire came up and donated thousands of dollars and the crowd went wild, but Jesus instead went to the homeless man that was donating his apple and thanked him, because that apple had more worth to the homeless man than thousands of dollars did to the millionaire. OK, so I can’t remember the exact story but you get the picture. Every little bit counts. Please note that everydayhero.com.au does not accept apples.

I would like to take this time to thank the other new donors that have donated since I last made a mention; Brendan and Krista, Judie Wurm, The Rando family in Brazil, Mum and Dad, Fi, Hap (that’s a weird name), Sam & Hannah & Minka & Lola, Venture Tasmania crew, El and Avonlea Minerals.


What is an expedition?

12 Aug

What does the word expedition mean?

An excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.

When I consider the feats of expeditions like Ed Stafford pictured below who has just completed 859 days walking the length of the Amazon River or Rob Thomson with his world record for longest unassisted skateboard journey, I wonder if I’m allowed to use the word. It feels like I’m comparing walking to the local pub in Melbourne winter to a South Pole expedition.

BUT, the one thing that I think is very important for mine and for that matter any expedition is that I do it for me, for the reasons I want to do it. People say to me “Hap, you should cycle the whole of Africa from top to bottom”, I’m like “why don’t you cycle the length of Africa?” And there are plenty of people that have done it and I’m following plenty of people on twitter that are in the middle of doing it.

My specific purpose for my expedition is that it is human powered so that I off set working on that floating monstrosity of over consumption (the cruise ship) to complete my Antarctica continent with Africa where everything will be human powered.

The other purpose to my expedition is to work, so that I complete my goal of living and working on every continent of the world before 30.

I also want to use Africa as a way of giving back to the world. Since 2003 as I have been working the world I have worked the odd job for oil and mining companies which can be perceived as taking away from the earth. I have also been the recipient of people’s generosity and have at times relied on people’s generosity. Africa gives me the opportunity to give back, to volunteer and raise money for my charity and to make a small difference.

So that’s that folks, a human powered working expedition through Southern Africa.

WOW a blog post without reference to faecal matter or STI’s, is maturity clutching at my ankles as the big 3 0 nears!

Mission complete

21 Jul

On the 11/11/11 I celebrated my 30th birthday on the top of Africa’s Mt Kilimanjaro, my final continent in my working the world quest. This was the moment I had been working towards for nearly nine years since I boarded the plane as a 21 year old with the goal, to live and work in every continent of the world before 30.

What next for Hap Working the World?

Well, the BOOK!!!!!!

‘Hap Working the World’ is being published by Australasia’s largest independent book publisher Allen and Unwin. It will be on shelves in Australia and New Zealand on the 26th of October, in time for your Christmas shopping!

I will be touring New Zealand in November and December, doing speaking engagements in small town New Zealand, so if you would like to organise a speaking event in your small town, then get in contact. I will be hitting up the big cities in February and March next year, with a special emphasis on the universities.


I teamed up with independent filmmaker Richard Sidey for the awesome documentary, Bikes For Africa.  It picked up the “Special Jury Award” at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival. The documentary is super honest and takes you on my journey through the final continent of Africa, showcasing the great work the charities Bicycles for Humanity (Melbourne) and The Bicycling Empowerment Network, Namibia do.

I would like to thank everybody that helped me along the way and made this dream come true. THANK YOU