PARA DAKAR From to The Joey Evans Story

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My legs just dropped to the floor like two pieces of dead meat. I whis­pered to the para­medic, not want­ing my wife who was near me to hear, that I could not feel my legs. She heard and sud­denly we all re­al­ized that this was se­ri­ous. To top it off I thought my mouth was full of dirt and stones and I was spit­ting it out. It turned out to be my teeth.”

South African, Joey Evans ac­count of his ac­ci­dent.

(Read his story on www.frompara­to­

Oc­to­ber the 13th 2007 will be in­deli­bly etched in the mem­o­ries of Joey and his fam­ily as the start of a night­mare of men­tal and phys­i­cal an­guish.

Now, stand­ing on the thresh­old of ac­com­plish­ing a life­long dream this hum­ble, unas­sum­ing and coura­geous man is an in­spi­ra­tion to each and ev­ery one of us. God knows we need to be in­spired by a story like Joey's. We live in a world dom­i­nated by bad news and lit­tered with shat­tered dreams. And then, ev­ery once in a while along comes a “Joey Evans”. Some­one who dares to dream. Some­one who rises above the odds. Some­one who epit­o­mizes the in­domitable hu­man spirit. Some­one who gives us hope. Some­one who sug­gests that we too can over­come our chal­lenges and that there is in­deed a sil­ver lin­ing to even the dark­est cloud.

Be part of this story

The fact is, Joey will line up at the start of the 2017 Dakar Rally − the tough­est off road race in the world. He has qual­i­fied. He has paid his en­try. He has bought his KTM 450 Rally bike. The cost to com­pete at Dakar is stag­ger­ing. When the dust set­tles, Joey will have in­curred over a mil­lion rand of costs. Un­less of course this story goes viral and ev­ery one of us com­mits to be part of this dream.

It would be great if a cor­po­rate spon­sor buys into this in­cred­i­ble story. If a film com­pany buys the rights to “The Joey Evans story”, this would erad­i­cate the fi­nan­cial mill­stone around Joey's neck.

How­ever, just imag­ine if world­wide, peo­ple like you and me just give a lit­tle. Af­ter all, Sup­port Joey, but also sup­port our right to dream. To over­come. To be part of some­thing greater than our­selves. To have our names on Joeys bike as it rolls to the start line.

Tourism Tat­tler wants to be, to­gether with Joeys amaz­ing wife Mered­ith and his girls Kayla, Jenna, Tyra and Shawna, part of the Joey Evans fam­ily. In a small way we want to sup­port a brave man and a brave fam­ily who have re­minded us that it is good to live and to love and to dream and to do. No mat­ter what the odds. Joey, we will be with you at the start, and, God will­ing, we will be with you at the fin­ish.

Note: Every­one who makes a con­tri­bu­tion to Joeys Dakar fund will have their name on the body­work of his KTM 450 Rally bike. Joey will keep us all updated with on-go­ing sup­port­ers news­let­ters. Ex­cess fund­ing will go to sup­port­ing vic­tims of spinal trauma.

Be Part of the Jour­ney!

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to make a do­na­tion.

Or get in touch with Joey at:

Web­site: www.frompara­to­ Face­book: www.face­­to­dakar E-mail: [email protected]­to­

Tel: +27 (0)83 456 1122

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