The Australian Geographic Society has played a major role in supporting both our 2005 and our 2008 expeditions. Over the years we have formed a very close relationship – and many friendships - with the staff at Australian Geographic.
Australian Geographic is dedicated to supporting scientific research, environmental and community projects and encouraging the spirit of adventure and discovery. Their enthusiasm for helping people achieve their own goals is truly inspiring, and we draw a lot of motivation from their ongoing support not only of us, but also their support of all the other Australian adventurers. It is not just an interesting quarterly magazine and a retail chain – The Australian Geographic Society is such an important Australian icon – a rare example of an organisation of dedicated passionate people who are prepared to often go out on a limb, supporting those who step outside the norm to pursue their dreams, sometimes in the face of severe media and public criticism when things go wrong.
Good on you Australian Geographic, and here’s to Dick Smith for having the foresight to develop such an organisation – for helping foster a strong national character with the right values and motives.