December 02, 2003

Thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The "stoke the ride" party was a tremendous success. So far I have received nothing but positive feedback.
It was really moving to see so many people come down to the party and brave what is often perceived as a "dodgy" neighbourhood. The warmth of the support was a very nice contrast to the cold wind that was blowing outside (Soon I'll be spending all my time out there).

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who helped make the evening a success.
First and foremost I have to thank Tania who was the person without whom I would have never had the courage to see such a ambitious event through.

The musicians were fantastic! Brett's songs really set the mood and it was really nice to see people walk in and light up in excitment as they realized they were really going to have a good evening. Pedal!Pedal!Pedal! - a crowd favorite!
Then Flavio's Brazilian Bossa Nova band was excellent. It was so crowded I had trouble getting up to the front to thank them after the performance.
Finally Tamz and Ndidi Cascade teamed up for a rare duet performance. By that point the dance floor was jumping up and down. DJ Emmanuel was gracious enough to keep the music going until 1am.

I'd like to thank my family who graciously worked at the door collecting the tickets and selling raffle tickets and the 50/50 draw.

The door prizes and the raffle prizes would not be possible without the support of the Bike Doctor who gave us a Helmet, lock, free tune ups, and a light. The VSO gave us two ticket vouchers for any show this winter. Cheapskates who provided a bike fender, Specialties West who donated a Nalgene Bottle, Winnie Florist (1983 East 41st) who provided the flowers for the Musicians and
Stormfront B&B who gave us a two night voucher to stay in Tofino.

The party could not have happened without the support of Leo Chow at the Brickhouse Bistro (730 Main St.). I encourage people to go down and try the food on a quiet evening. It is really excellent.

Finally I'd like to thank everyone who came down and offered support. You can be sure that I'll be thinking of you as I face the harder parts of the trip as well as the really good times. Your support really gives me the confidence that this expedition will be a success.

Posted by gwendal at 03:27 PM | Comments (1)