It was six months ago that the Colas family set off on its round-the-world trip in support of solidarity initiatives.
Frédéric and Estelle Colas along with their daughter Héloïse are raising funds to build a school in Africa with the help of an unprecedented support network via Facebook. So where are they now?
here are some numbers at mid-point
- 64 cities and 7 countries visited
- 182 nights: 123 of them spent with 36 families thanks to Facebook; 1 in a hotel in Bora Bora
- €32,500 raised: the Colas family has donated $13,000 ($6,500 for the number of fans and $6,500 for the number of nights) for a total of about €10,000. The sponsors have raised €22,500
- 12,700 “likes” on Facebook and 6,511 fans to date
From London to Tahiti, from Patagonia to Silicon Valley, from Ushuaïa to Vancouver, the Colas have travelled thousands of kilometers across many landscapes.
Many of us have asked them which location they liked best. Although it’s hard to choose a favorite given the extraordinary places they’ve visited, they’ve answered their fans and provided a list of their top 5 as they come to the end of their 5th month.
- Rounding Cape Horn and its fjords, glaciers and mini-icebergs
- The Valdez peninsula and its marine mammals
- The glaciers of Patagonia and its translucent blue ramparts of ice
- Polynesia and its idyllic landscapes
- Easter Island and its mysteries
With all the routes they’ve travelled, they’ve experienced exceptional magical moments, producing some memorable anecdotes:
- Meeting Cyril, a Chilean hitchhiker in Patagonia who claims to be the only living Frenchman in the entire region, who put them up in his house with no electricity on the edge of a lake (read the article)
- Incredibly finding their friend Fred living in Vermont having not heard from him for 29 years (read the article)
- An unfortunate car accident that ends happily with Estelle being rescued by the Chilean army (read the article)
- A night in a teepee in Byron Bay, Australia
- The Colas strike lucky and watch The Hobbit being filmed as they arrived in New Zealand (read the article)
- A chance encounter with Peter Garrett, lead singer with the rock band Midnight Oil, Fred’s favorite Australian group, and now the Minister of Education for Australia.
The ultimate aim of this amazing human adventure is to build a school in Africa.
The foundations have been laid, the walls have gone up, the site is progressing well as the Colas family reports in one of their latest articles that I recommend you read:
The WLTW school: great news approaching Christmas!
We are delighted to publish the latest photos of the school showing that its foundations have been laid and all its walls are up!
Two other very important things have also been completed:
- the water pump specially installed for the school
- the metal doors and windows have arrived.
We are proud to be able to publish these photos that prove that the school is progressing well and that the construction is of high quality, which is important in the long term.
And if all goes well, over the next few weeks we’ll be able to show you the windows and doors being installed, the roof being built, the 2 courtyards between the 3 buildings, the stucco and the painting. It’s thanks to you that this is all possible, so keep getting your friends involved to put us up at night, to “like” our Facebook page and get everyone who could make a donation to go to our blog and the heading “make a donation”.
This project will let 230 children go to primary school, mainly girls. Children for whom, together, we can provide a future.
We’ll keep you informed about the Colas family’s adventures over the next six months, so please support them, it’s for a good cause .
> read previous articles about We like the World here