In September 2011 Ed set out on his bike to cycle to West Africa alone. He was heading to The Gambia to reconnect with The Daffee family with whom he had lived back in 1995 and to raise money for the Fresh Start Foundation that members of this same family now run to create a better future for vulnerable communities in this poor but fantastic part of the world. The journey was Followed by Carlton Hill School in Brighton and took him on a 10,000 km cycle ride of self-discovery across 12 different countries. He documented the journey with a tiny video camera and now Substantial Films have created this fantastic documentary film used to launch the inspirational Visions Channel. You can also check out the Visions Channel on face book here.
This is a short promo made for the movie whilst he was still out on the open road, but below is the full movie from the Visions Channel shown recently on the community channel…
Launched in 2012, the Visions Channel is a new internet TV channel that uses the power of inspiring and uplifting stories to support projects that aim to make the world a better place. This film is part of the Visions Series about 7 individuals inspired to create positive changes in our world today and Ed was honoured to be one of those that they chose to work with. The channel is an interactive platform showing inspiring films, music and visual art to a global audience and operates a Profit for Purpose model in collaboration with the Purpose of Life Foundation whereby revenue is split between the filmmakers, and the project itself. All of the films in the Visions Series are partnered with the project that they depict and will be raising money for them through donations made on the channel.
Live The Dream Workshops
Funds raised by the film will support projects aimed to support young people to explore how they can realise their own dreams and aspirations. Focussing on more disadvantaged youth the aim is to provide one off sessions, short ongoing projects and residential camps that explores our core values, deepest aspirations and what will help or hinder individuals to realise their own dreams of creating a positive future.
Look out for the future publication of Ed’s account of his epic cycle adventure 10,000 km across 12 countries from his home in Sussex deep into West Africa. It is a story of self-discovery and profound realisations. The journey itself becomes a radical act of re-empowerment and environmentalism as he ignores the advice of many who said it would not be possible and completes this fossil-fuel-free adventure of a lifetime. This will be available as an e book or the real thing you can hold in your hand and treasure forever. In the mean time you kind check out some of the stories that he wrote in his blog along the way by clicking below: