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My charity and new fundraising page

24 Aug

G’day folks,

I have been busy of late setting up my fundraising page for my expedition charity. Click here and check it. And of course donate some money, I guarantee it will make you sleep better if you donate, probably even make you look more beautiful and you will have firm, toned abdominals in just 2 weeks! Guaranteed!

All donations go directly to my expedition charity, Bicycles for Humanity and not to my African beer drinking fund. Although if you want to donate to my Africa beer drinking fund I can send you my account details – ummm cycling long distances and drinking beer I’m not sure if they go together but I suppose I will find out.

I have set myself the goal to raise the $12,000 transportation cost of the sea container. At this point with the grand total of $0 raised that seems a long way away, but I have a plan to get into the schools here in Melbourne, speak at their assemblies and hopefully get the schools to help create some fundraising projects.

If you want to help out, get your workmates to donate or organisation than please contact me. We can even get you hooked up with your own team member fundraising page where all the donations you raise go directly to the final continent expedition’s $12,000 goal.

Below I have copy and pasted in my charity page from under the final continent section of my blog. If I must say so myself it does a great job in showing what both Bicycles for Humanity and the Bicycle Empowerment Network, Namibia (who I will be working with once in Africa) actually do. Plus there are 3 video for you to watch, well worth a gander.

Happy reading and donating, and remember EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS

For my cycling expedition I’m teaming up with the Melbourne chapter of Bicycles for Humanity who work with the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) Namibia.

Basically what Bicycles for Humanity does is gets an empty sea container and fills it with disused bikes. These are bikes that people donate for many reasons, mainly because it is a great use for a bike that has been sitting out in the shed collecting dust.

Then the sea container is sent from Melbourne to the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) that has their headquarters in Namibia. Using their local knowledge and infrastructure BEN allocates the container to a local community in need of bicycles to bridge the gap to health care and education facilities.

BEN turns the container into a Bicycle Empowerment Centre (bike workshop). Locals are employed and trained in bicycle mechanics and how to run the bike work shop. Profits from the workshop go to paying the local employees and the ongoing running costs of the workshop. This is what I love about this charity! Bikes are not just given to the locals and then forgotten about. The work shop is set up as an ongoing self sustainable business, by locals for the locals

So who get’s the bikes? Ozzie founder Michael Linke first established BEN Namibia to meet the need of 700 local HIV/AID volunteers who visit people living with HIV/AIDS in their homes, delivering counseling and medical and sanitary supplies. Most of these volunteers walked long distances, so Michael’s original idea was to help them get bikes. Nowadays BEN also supplies bikes to other community members to help make health and educational facilities more accessible. Check out the news clip below for a better idea.

So how did I end up hooking up with bicycles for humanities? It all started with one of my blog reader’s Kate who I volunteered with at the Orphanage in Mexico back in 2007. She knew I was going to Africa to volunteer and had seen bicycles for humanity on TV and had thought of me as they had a chapter in Melbourne. I then met up with Matt the founder of the Melbourne chapter for coffee and planted the seed of my expedition with him. He loved it and was keen to team up. So keep watching this space and we will see what kind of tree this seed grows.

Below is a video featuring Matt at the 2009 Melbourne bicycle drop

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

Sad news

4 Jun

Dear Sir/Madam,

I regret to inform you that this will be the last blog post at hapworkingtheworld.com. It is with a heavy heart I tell you that Hap suffers from a rare problem or disease if you will. It is a disease that has come about in the new generation of technology and social networking users. It has come to our attention that Hap is what is known as a blogaholic. Hap has all the symptoms, he always carries his camera with him in case of a photo opportunity for his blog, at times he lays awake at night thinking about the “next post”, and he can’t even have an unexpected bowel movement in an awkward situation without telling the world about it. So it is in Hap’s best interest and his African Expedition that we will temporarily be pulling the life support unit from hapworkingtheworld.com. I hope you take this news well and support Hap in his time of need.

Yours sincerely

Dr Joe Blogs

Blogaholics anonymus’s Chairman.

Haha, that was all a bit dramatic, traumatic…………………..ummmm automatic (ummm no?). So the end aye? Or is the end merely the beginning?

 A good analogy is that of my first pet mice, Rangi and Sangi. One morning as an eager playful caring 7 year old I bounced out of bed to my mouse cage that I had just spent the day before cleaning. Chubby Sangi was running on his wheel trying to lose his mousy love handles and Rangi was sleeping in his cubby hole. I picked little sleeping Rangi (my favourite but don’t tell Sangi) up out of his bed of fresh crispy shredded paper only to notice that he was missing his tail and his insides were outside his furry little body! Yep, my detective work pointed to Sangi, he murdered his cage mate in cold blood.

But with the death (or murder) of something comes the birth of something else (very ying and yang of me). Dad helped me bury Rangi in the vegie garden, and I changed Sangi’s name to Lightening and Dad bought me a new mouse who I called Thunder. Now I think of it, this is a crap analogy because Lightening (originally Sangi) the cold hearted barstard ended up eating Thunder! 

The reason I am temporarily pulling the plug on the hapworkingtheworld life support systems is not because I’m a raging blogaholic (debatable), but because if I don’t do this I will never get around to creating my Africa expedition blog. The creation of the Africa expedition blog is the first major building block of my expedition, without it no one will take me seriously, well except you guys that followed me through my quest to get to Antarctica and know how determined, or maybe obsessive I am.

As I have written in previous blogs, Africa is consuming my thoughts, so the quicker I can get the blog up and blogging the quicker I can start sharing with you my thoughts. And I hope that you all jump onboard, it would be a shame to lose you guys that have come so far with me, and I truly believe that without your comments and support I wonder if I would have made it to Antarctica. It was super humbling when I had hit rock bottom in Paraguay after years of Antarctica rejection to have all the supportive comments and emails from you guys, you’re all awesome. Ok, I best stopping sprinkling ecstasy on my weet-bixs, I’m getting all emotional. (below is not me cycling, I have never written a touring bike in my life, although that is going to change very quickly. All these Africa photos were taken by Adventurer, Author, Speaker Alastair Humphreys who has kindly let me use them, go check out his inspirational website http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/, cheers Al).

But I will let you all know the new blog site address which I will have completed next month. You can come along for the ride and be a part of my Africa expedition, right from the idea generation, to my journeys completion on my 30th birthday next year, the 11/11/11 (Yep I’m turning thirty on the 11 of November, in the year 2011 and what makes is even weirder is that I was born in the 11th hour at 11:08am – yeah 3 minutes away from the 11th minute – good one mum! – you know I love ya). Oh, and in true hapworkingtheworld form I will also blog about any unexpected bowel movements in awkward situations that happen in Tassie or Melbourne before I leave for Africa.

Sorry, I think that ectasy is kicking in again, but it is a little crazy for me here writing my last hapworkingtheworld post. To think how far this has all come. I don’t know if you know how my blog came about. The only reason I started blogging was because while I was in NZ trying to sort out US immigration issues after being deported from the States I fell 5 metres from a rope swing in rugged mountainous bush, fracturing my spine that left me stranded in debt, not able to work, Mandy my girlfriend in the States finishing off her masters degree and her last year of teaching, not able to do anything physical, only wait and start the 3 month rehabilitation process. So I borrowed $5000 off my sister to kerb my credit card interest (before being deported I had just spent 6 awesome weeks backpacking with Mandy through Colombia thinking I was going back to a well paid construction job in the States) and bought this laptop. It’s the one I’m typing on now, although it has seen 2 new batteries and 4 new laptop chargers – bloody third world electricity supplies!

I started this blog to fill in my time while I lay flat on my bed recuperating from my accident. I started it to document my travels since I left New Zealand on my journey on April 7th 2003. And I started it so from February 2008 when I launched it, I would be able to stop writing in my tattered travel journal and start keeping an online journal, so not only do I have a record of my travels that can’t have beer spilt on it, or be forgotten on a bus, but my friends and family and can also keep up-to-date with my travels if they wanted to instead of getting one of my famous 2,000 word novel-like bulk emails that was unable to be read with only one cup of coffee and was riddled with punctuation mistakes for example this sentence you just read has 121 words in it!

So to think now that I have posted 214 blog posts, had over 60,000 people come and pay a visit to my blog with the biggest day seeing 1,907 hits (must have been a bloody boring day in the world), it’s rather……………….uummmmm I don’t really know how it feels, I suppose it’s hard not to feel proud, yep proud.

But like herpies, hapworkingtheworld.com isn’t going anywhere, it’s for life. If you type in www.hapworkingtheworld.com you will always come back here. Who knows maybe I come back to blogging here after Africa, maybe I’ll write a hapworkinghteworld book, who knows.

Don’t start crying just yet, there will be one last post following this informing you of the launch of my Africa expedition blog. I look forward to seeing you there and completing my working the world journey with you.

Nuthin but love Hap