I intend the travel to Japan via the Trans Siberian Express with 3 core aims in my mind…
– Firstly to inspire transplant and diabetic patients both here in the UK and Japan,and show them anything as possible. As someone who has kidney and diabetes issues since the age of 25, I’ve been greatly inspired by people like Jonah Lomu and Joost van der Westhuizen, who took on their medical issues and faced them head on, inspiring a new generation to tackle their illnesses with pride, courage and a smile.
While in Japan I want to visit kidney and diabetic patients, to promote courage and show the glass ceiling can be smashed if you dare to dream. I want to see closer relationships with patients from the UK and Japan, which will include a greater understanding on the treatment of patients in both countries, sharing coping strategies and diet advice. Information on this growing relationship will be posted on this blog and shared in various diabetic and kidney forums.
I’ve been a transplant patient for over 10 years and diabetic for around 4 months. The one thing I notice when I visit the clinics I’m always the youngest person in the place! It seems anyone under 45 never gets ill…but I know they do. I want to inspire that young group to travel and achieve their dreams, not hide away and let their illness take over
– Secondly I plan to highlight the unique needs of disabled travellers, not just in the UK but around the world. The trip will take place during the Rugby World Cup, which I will attend and hopefully shine a like on how Japan and the RWC organisers plan and implement support for disabled travellers at major global events.
– Lastly, I intend to hold an exhibitions and develop an online gallery of my travel photography to share my experiences and highlight the issues that face dialysis and diabetic patients in Japan and disabled travellers.
Any funds raised from the exhibitions or left over from corporate sponsorship will be donated to the Kidney Patient Association.
Why am I taking the train?
I’m terrified of flying! After a rather serious flying incident coming back from America, the fear of flying has now gripped me and I always take trains, ferries or cars for any major trips.
What else do I plan to do in Japan?
As a volunteer at the last rugby world cup held in England, I’m hoping to volunteer once more and see if I can assist in the opening stages of the world cup.
How much financial corporate support do I need to secure the trip and resulting activities?
I’ve secured £3000 to assist with my trip, however I have costed out the trip and I require a further £3500 to make the trip and exhibition possible.
How will your company benefit from supporting me?
As a marketing and events manager with over 20 years experience, I believe any company supporting my endeavours will truly benefit from excellent regional, national and online press coverage.
Maybe your company is involved in the travel industry and therefore you can use my blogs and photography in your marketing materials. If you have products that assist worldwide travellers I can deliver excellent product reviews, whilst hoteliers could be offered a unique review of their premises in Paris, Moscow or Japan.
Whatever your business, I’m sure we can work together and develop a plan that ensures your company achieves excellent ROI and positive PR in return for your support.
If you think you can help fund my trip to Japan and would like to speak further then please contact me at email@example.com to arrange a conference call.