Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Congratulations from Professor Pam Shaw


Dear Don, Dave, Dave and Chris,

I am so delighted to hear that you have arrived safely at your destination. What
an adventure you have had - a triumph of the human spirit. You have inspired
us all during the last 48 days with the qualities of determination and
endurance (not to mention maritime skills and sheer physical strength) that you
have brought to this journey. There were times I must admit when I wished you
had a doctor on board to ease the pain!!

You are an inspirational team and we are very proud of what you have achieved.
I am really honored that you chose the Motor Neurone Disease Institute in Sheffield as the charitable cause to support in this adventure. Thanks so much for all you have
done and I look forward to seeing you and thanking you properly and in person.
Kindest regards
Pam Shaw
Sheffield

17 comments:

William Watson said...

I think Pam Shaw pretty much sums it up.

Well done to all involved!

Patron of Sheffield Institute Foundation said...

Dear Don,Dave W, Dave Price & Chris,
All the Keane family send you all our heartfelt regards on your magnificent achievement.
Your sheer determination and perseverance against all the odds,to re-enact Bligh's epic journey, will inspire others to adventures that they once would never dream or contemplate.
It may of seemed at times that only God,Bligh or Shaun was looking out for you, especially during the knockdowns and near misses with the reefs, maybe all three were their right with you?
We are all proud & relieved that you have made it safe & sound to Kupang.
Please enjoy your food and especially all the local rice delicacy's which I am informed are really something else!
Cheers for now, and I look forward to seeing you all in person in England soon
Stuart and all the Keane's xxxx

Sophie Camu said...

Dear Don, Dave W, Dave P and Chris,

Congratulations, you’ve done it! I am so, so proud of you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping raise money for the Sheffield Institute Foundation through your incredible journey. Your have done so much for my family and all other families affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

When I saw the Talisker Bounty Boat sitting in the dock in London last summer, I blanched at the thought that four of you would be travelling 4,000 miles in such a small boat. The ropes, cleats and sails looked pretty similar to the dinghies I had been sailing around small harbours when I was growing up! I am still in awe that this faithful boat has carried you over the waves to safety, but this is entirely down to the skill and perseverance of the four of you. Bligh would have been proud that you chose to follow in his footsteps and that you did it in such style.

Now, enjoy the party, enjoy the food and enjoy seeing your families and friends again. I look forward to congratulating you myself in England soon.

With warmest wishes, Sophie

Irene Beard said...

Dear Don, Chris and 2x Daves you made it, and all of us in the family are celebrating your wonderful achievements. It was so exciting to read your trip every morning on the blog and live with you the good and less good times you were going through. Welcome home and welcome to England soon. You are real heros as Bligh was. The only difference is that Bligh had no choice in the matter and you chose to do this trip, knowing the risks you were heading for.

Doing this for MND is absolutely wonderful and gives hope to the people who, like me, have got this condition. Your money in Professsor Pam Shaw's hands will do so much towards helping us with treatments or a cure. Thank you

Irene Beard

Anonymous said...

Well, never commented before yesterday, and now 2 days in a row. Congratulations are in order I hear fro the Professor's message.
I can't imagine what joy you all must feel right now. And your work to promote the need for people to donate to MND is amazing. What a great cause. I have been telling as many people as I possibly can about this.
I just wanted to say well done!
Again, can't wait for your final blogs, more pictures and hopefully soon some video!

Irene Beard said...

Dear Don, Chris and 2x Dave,
Congratulations yo have made it. All our family is celebrating your success. Welcome to Timor and soon welcome to the UK.

Every morning I was following your journey, living with you the good and not so good moments. You are real heros as Bligh was. The only difference is that he had no choice in the matter but you took the challenge your eyes wide open, knowing the dangers you would face. What a team you are.

You have been incredibly generous in deciding to help people like me who have Motor Neurone Disease. It gives hope to all of us and I am sure that he money you have raised, put in the hands of Professor Pam Shaw, will be turned into meaningful research towards a cure and treatments. Thank you from all my heart. You are a star!

Irene Beard

Mike said...

Fantastic effort - well done lads. Thank God you're safe & well. Wonderful effort with the fund-raising too... like to hear more about the auction. Looking forward to the book also Don. Bligh would definitely be proud. Regards, Mike E.

Anonymous said...

Don; Dave P; Chris and Dave W; what a super effort; we are all thrilled at your success and what you have done for the cause of Motor Neuron Disease research and I have to say; in the name of education for those of us who now know much more about William Bligh's plight and the details of his amazing journey that you have all so wonderfully brought to life. Congratulations to you all
Digit

Bounty Club Switzerland said...

Hello Don, Dave, Chris and Dave

Cordial congratulation for this sensational journey on the traces of William Bligh.

It is an unbelievable challenge a so difficult travel for a good thing

to accomplish. We are gladly that everything well ran, and are pleased with you.

Greetings from Switzerland

Bounty club Switzerland

Edi Spengler said...

Hello Don, Dave, Chris and Dave

Cordial congratulation for this sensational journey on the traces of William Bligh.

It is an unbelievable challenge a so difficult travel for a good thing

to accomplish. We are gladly that everything well ran, and are pleased with you.

Greetings from Switzerland

Bounty club Switzerland

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all the crew on having safely completed your fantastic voyage.

I have eagerly followed your progress every day from February and will now miss your blogs.

Also congratulations on the money you have helped raise.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Bounty Boat and Crew. Welcome to our wonderful country. Hope you enjoy Kupang..food, people and environment.


Cheers,

JiffyLube said...

I wondered at times if all of you where going to make the trip, but you did and that's all that's important. Job well done!

Dan near Toronto said...

Well done lads... a remarkable feat. I've followed this epic from the days of Don and his party hat, rowing the boat with Mike Perham in Hobart...what schemers!lol.
Thanks to all the support staff and especially Margie.
A noble cause was this.

Meryl said...

It has been so exciting to follow the journey via the blog and tracker. You have all shown extraordinary determination and skill, so congratulations. However it is so disappointing not to be able see or hear about your arrival in Kupang.

Phil Stillman said...

You made it! I'm so very impressed with your accomplishment and what a thrill to share the experience with you. Thank you for inspiring my daughter, Sheryl, in the early part of your great adventure.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all involved with the Talisker Bounty Boat cruise, especially Captain Don Bligh and his mutinous crew of Dave, Dave and Chris.

A special mention to the workers behind the scenes and the sponsors who all made this a success.

I doubt that the TBB starvation diet will become popular even as a way of losing weight.

I am looking forward to seeing the TBB and crew in Sydney for the Boat Show at the end of July.

Barry
Sydney