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The Sand2Snow Adventures Swap in the City event in aid of Self Help Africa is taking place this Thursday May 17th from 18.30 to 21.30 at the Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin.

Thank you to all involved with organising this event, in particular Aine, Karen, Sara, Hilary, Eimear, Claire and our sponsors Covet.

Have a great evening

David & Maghnus


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The Sand2Snow Adventures golf classic in aid of Self Help Africa is taking place this Friday and Saturday the 13th and14th of April at Lahinch Castle golf course

Thank you to all involved with organising this event, in particular Margaret and Phillip.  Best of luck to all Golfers.

Here’s hoping for a dry day.

Maghnus & David


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“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Next time we’ll just put it all on red or black!” The logic was flawless. We had spent €4000 on over 2000 roses with a prospect of making €8000. The house holds a 5.26% edge on a roulette wheel giving the gambler a 47.37% chance of doubling up. It was past ten in the evening two days before Valentines Day. We were roughly two thirds of the way through 180 bouquets after twelve hours work and with less than half of the same spoken for. If a bookmaker had happened upon our temporary florist and opened a book what odds would he have offered on us being successful? Would he offer more than 47%?

Launching an expedition invariably brings a raft (no pun intended) of questions concerning fear or trepidation. Predictably the more outrageous the perception of the expedition in another’s eyes the more pressing the questions become. The reality is that fear is rarely experienced until directly confronted by something to be fearful of. However, any such anxiety is dwarfed by the sheer terror experienced when embarking upon a fundraiser. Whether booking a venue for a ball, ordering a van full of roses or committing to any other idea there is ultimately a point where you assess the odds and gamble. Like any attempted accumulation some speculation is demanded. But speculation in such instances is necessarily proffered by the charity and thus the apprehension arises. In a strange circularity, though, this apprehension is ultimately the greatest motivator. Fear of failure brings an urgency that potential success can rarely match.

In January Sand2Snow Adventures launched two fundraisers; The Sand2Snow Adventures Charity Ball and Roses for Self Help Africa. Both were undoubtedly gambles. Both were huge successes. 420 friends, old and new packed out the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin on Friday 17th Feb last to help launch the new expedition and more importantly to support Self Help. Three days before, on Valentine’s day, 180 bouquets of a dozen roses were sold and delivered throughout Dublin organized and executed by a group of friends that sensed the fear and shouldered it. Success hinges on perspiration over inspiration. But the perspiration is best driven by apprehension.

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