We have the best ever DIY travel wheelchair for our daughter Sparky, who has Cerebral Palsy. The success of it is largely due to the brilliance of the Chariot. We’ve already shown you this picture we took at the train station in Tiruchippalli, India.
Well, about 5 minutes after this pic was taken, we were crossing a railway track, or about 8 tracks in a row actually. The front wheel of the Chariot got stuck between two tracks. After an initial panic that a train would turn up, and run the lot of us down, we managed to wangle the chair free….minus one wheel.
The Chariot copped everything we threw at it for 51 weeks of travel, and in week 52 it just kept on going, but on three wheels not four.
But would you believe how thrilled-to-bits we were when we got home and found a BRAND NEW Chariot waiting for us? It was an EVEN BETTER model, with handbrake and shade cloth sides. We straight away took it for a test run:
The Chariot company donated the chair to us with absolutely no strings attatched, out of pure generosity and excitement for what WE had been able to accomplish because of the genius of THEIR product.
Equally exciting was the email we received from KEENS, the best ever travel sandals. They had stumbled across our header photo (up there at the top) and offered to send us some shoes! They made us KEEN ambassadors and you can see us here on the KEEN ambassador site. Keens does a lot of this, they gave our friend Hannah heaps of shoes to give away when she drove a rickshaw across India. Great stuff!
At the time, we were just off to Mongolia, here we are in China opening a goody box full of great Keen boots!
And just in time too, there was plenty of cold and mud to deal with.
Those original sandals in the picture were worn about 330 days straight. All day every day. Mine and Chris’s are as good as new, but the kids’ ones got too small and well worn out. How very cool that a box of new sandals arrived for us just in time for the Australian summer. (Seriously, we would have bought ourselves new Keens anyway. Not gonna wear anything else)
So there you have it, big thankyous all round.