Thank you to everyone that has provided help on this journey!
Amazing who you meet along the way. Through her work, my mom came across a fella who she approached about his 1985 Westfalia Van…she knew I was looking for one. This particular van was rarely moved and seemed to be rather permanently parked in the same spot, for over a year. Being an older vintage – an ’85 just like me – mom gave the owner Shannon, a call to inquire.
Turns out Shannon was interested in selling, but wanted to know more about who was buying the van. Mom explained it was for me and funny coincidence; we shared the same last name (Shannon & me). I was away, working at a jade mine for the season, and couldn’t meet with him personally, so mom suggested he check out my Friendly Drifter website; figured it was the best way to get to know me better.
To my complete surprise, Shannon gave me an incredible deal on the van! THANK YOU SHANNON!! Having the van goes a long way in helping me achieve my goal of keeping expenses as low as possible. This way I can devote my energy and earnings to the causes I’m passionate about. When I’m out of the mining camp, or back from Raja Ampat, I now have a camper van to call home; my new base of operations!
Shannon is the founder of the North American Fire Fighter Veteran Network. An organization devoted to support, counseling and consultation services for first responders suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, www.firefighterveteran.com. It has been very fortunate for me to have known Shannon. He was a great help to me just months after purchasing the van, during the aftermath of a tragic event that occurred during the summer … moments shared, that I will never forget. The tremendous support one human can give another is remarkable and truly inspirational.
Shannon’s kindness and supportive empathy has gone above and beyond the emotional. His generosity has now included the gift of a Luders design, Choey Lee 36 foot sailboat. I was completely caught off guard and totally blown away by the offer and initially declined. I simply don’t have the means to maintain a sailboat. However, Shannon has urged me to use the proceeds from the sale of the boat towards continuing with my humanitarian efforts, and doing what I can to help create a healthy planet.
Once again, THANK YOU SHANNON!! I hope to have the same positive effect on the lives of others, as you have had on mine.