What is the reason for this trip?
Reaching destination is not the only important thing in travelling. The goal itself is also a journey. Deep into the land, deep into ourselves. Journey always helps to learn something – about us and relations with other people. As disabled people, we will have to face many difficulties, that we want to overcome, because passion for travelling is a question of mind and not body. Realizing this project, we want to show disabled people, as well as people who are not disabled that nothing is impossible. A desire to discover new World is more important than hardship of a journey, this hardship is only its element, not an obstacle. We create the obstacles ourselves – by lack of faith, imagination and motivation.
Above all, we want to be constantly on the move and experience thousands of images. It is also about silence and whirr of an engine, reaching a destination and coming back. It is about meeting new people and understanding ourselves, about distance and covering it. It is also about the wheelchair and battling with our own disability, as well as with the body and mind. It is about believing that we can do it. And if we can’t, we should still believe it.
Landrover Defender 110, 1996. Not only it is fantastic off- roader but also it is a prototype, the first of this kind. As we are both wheelchair bound, we had to modify the car so we’ve come up with innovative solutions to suit our needs. It’s has three lifts, it has a mechanism that allows us to drive it using just our hands, it has a built-in tent, viewing deck, kitchen and lots if other useful things that help along the way. It is our transportation and home at the same time.
Video promoting the trip:
Nagroda im. Andrzeja Zawady:
Za przygotowanie projektu wheelchairtrip_2016 z rąk Kapituły Kolosów otrzymaliśmy nagrodę im. Andrzeja Zawady. Nagroda jest przyznawana od 2002 roku, fundatorem jest Miasto Gdynia. To jedyne w swoim rodzaju wyróżnienie, którego laureaci, młodzi podróżnicy, którzy nie przekroczyli 35 roku życia, otrzymują zarówno rekomendację niezależnej Kapituły złożonej z podróżniczych autorytetów jak i realne wsparcie finansowe pomagające w realizacji projektu wymarzonej wyprawy.