Remember that quote that we have all heard at some point in our lives that goes something like Its about the journey not the destination ?
Well despite it being super cliche, I cant agree with it more.
In March 2009 my hombre and I began production on Somewhere Near Tapachula. We set out to share this amazing story of love, life, hope and the power of surfing. We aimed to inspire individuals to either volunteer at Mision Mexico or simply do good works in their day to day life. The response after every screening continued to remind us why we began on this journey in the first place. The Kids.
From day one we decided that Somewhere Near Tapachula would be 100% non profit. The support that followed that decision highlighted that we weren’t in this alone. We threw around ideas realizing the potential that this film could have financially, and with the momentum behind us we set ourself a goal of raising $100,000.00 for Mision Mexico.
The ups & downs, highs & lows, smiles & tears that have been shared behind the scenes tempts me to write so much more right now. Whether it was the point where I had a one way ticket to the USA and $47.00 in my bank to edit this film, asking myself if I’m way to irresponsible for my own good. Or the stressful delight of 5,000 DVDs missing somewhere in Sydney only hours before the world premiere and Australia wide tour. The stories are endless, and reminiscing only reminds me of that cliche quote about journeys and destinations.
A few weeks ago now Jonno and I realized our goal, and are overwhelmed to share the news that we have raised $100,000.00 and counting for Mision Mexico. The film has become a multi award winning documentary, and is set to air on TV later this in the USA. The support and awareness is constantly growing, with screenings of the film popping up around the world and numerous volunteers offering their time, I guess its fair to say that the journey is only going to continue over the coming weeks, months and years.
A massive thank you goes out to everyone who has supported us from day one. The list goes on and on, and I’m afraid to start it just incase I forget someone, so I will simply thank God for having his hand over the adventure that was and is Somewhere Near Tapachula.