In order for it to happen an expedition like this gets assistance from a lot of people along the way. We have been very fortunate in getting our party through on time and without any significant mishaps to people or machines. For us that provides a tremendous sense of satisfaction and confidence to proceed with next year’s expedition.
We would like firstly to thank our sponsoring partners, led by BMW,Vodafone, Fairydown,and Lufthansa and including Icebreaker, Metzler, Scottoilers, Staintune, John Baker Insurance, and Pacsafe,. These firms were all staunch in their faith in us and we have enjoyed working with them all tremendously. The excellence of their commitment was demonstrated no btter than BMW who helped us in New Zealand (Grant Clegg), Munich (Franz Geisenhoffer), Tashkent (Mirmahdi Makhumudov) and Beijing (Roman Schabada). The culture of this company was a demonstration of excellence that we were enamoured with.
As well as the sponsoring partners, the support of New Zealand’s ambassador to China Tony Browne, China’s ambassador to New Zaland, New Zealand’s ambassador to Iran, Iran’s ambassador to New Zealand and Wellington’s Mayor Kerry Prendergast was both very useful and very much appreciated. Thank you Tony for the wonderful reception in Beijing and the delightful evening with the visiting St Peter’s school band.
The New Zealand China Friendship Society were also very helpful arranging visits to the Rewi Alley school and the Lanzhou Foreign Language school – both thoroughly enjoyable as well as educational for us. UNICEF New Zealand also provided us with opportunities to learn about their work in Krgyrzstan.
There are many others who assisted, and we are all very grateful for the hand you have given us.