Shannon 30, Taiwan
Hi I'm Shannon. I come from Taiwan, a beautiful island in Asia.
I came to Australia just in time to see the spring changes take place. Up until now I have never left the country I grew up in, so now can you imagine the exiting differences I am experiencing already!
I met Sarah by chance in Perth and now have the opportunity to help Sarah finish the rest of her dream. How lucky is that to get a place on the team...! I'm very honored to be invited to be a part of the team. Sarah is very thoughtful and generous. Today she bought me a book on a topic I love, the gesture brought me to tears. Sarah also is a great english teacher, correcting my sentence structure and helping me with the new sounds and pronunciation in the English language.
Coming to Australia is a gift to myself for my 30th birthday.
I never thought I would be part of such an amazing adventure, but through helping Sarah and giving my best support of her dream of running a lap of Australia, that will bring even more memorable overseas experience in OZ.
"My goal is to love every single moment", and what I want to do now is indeed in line with the central idea of mine.
Vivian 19, Germany.
My name is Vivian and I'm a 19 year old German girl. I have been traveling with Sarah, Shannon and the Kids since the 3rd of Nov. (replacing Kino). It's my job mainly to take care of the kids. It's a lot of fun and different from the types of jobs I've had before. As it's the first time taking care for children of this age, I'm enjoying the challenges these kids bring! I've been in Australia since July and I love this country. It's totaly different than Germany (not just because of the weather ;)) The bread is strange, the people are more open and helpful, and the mentality reflects the opportunites available in such a big new, young country... I love it. When I first arrived it took me about 3 weeks to secure a job but I got one at Igloo Zoo, the best Frozen Yogurt store I've ever been to!!! I spent my first 3.5 months working there in Bondi, living at Kings Cross to save some money but now I have enough money and happy to find something new to see. I realy want to buy a car and travel around Australia. Maybe I will run a couple of kilometers but I think I would be to lazy to run around Australia like Sarah! I'm very happy to be a part of something special like this and very proud of Sarah, she is incredible the way she manages to have enough energy for everything, it must be the raw oraganic food she is eating these days. Two beautiful kids and a run around Australia with all the hiding challenges that pop up from time to time(like a flat tyre on the support car this morning). I hope for the last 3 weeks, we will have a lot of fun and I'm a helping hand for Sarah. And maybe I'll find a way to put the kids to bed earlier :) Yesterday it took me 3 hours!!!!!
Messages for the Final Runs
Dear Sarah, we are on the way to the Opera House on the train, Lovely day for your last day of running. Thinking of you, Mum & Dad
Hi it's Fiona, thanks for asking me to hold one of the falgs, I'm honoured to do it. All the best for the last leg, :)
Hi its Greg, congrats on your amazing effort. Enjoy your new found freedom with your kids. Greg
What an amazing feat you've acheived in such a short time, couple more steps and your done. C.D
I knew you would be a champ, you've done it! good luck, Crooky
Just read about it on foxtels shy news local interactive. Congratulations by the way & thankyou for inviting me to run with you xoxoxox Danielle (mum of 3 boys who ran the last 11kms with us, making it to the Opera House just minutes behind the official group!)
FABULOUS!!!Good on you, kick back n relax, we will have a beer to celebrate. Are you going for a run first thing in the morning? HA HA, surely not All the best, big hugs for you and the kids, xox Jo n Craig
I'm so proud of you my beautiful run queen, can't wait to see you, Vivian
So proud of you and happy for you, Xx give yourself a big reward
Hello Little Miss Round Australia, how does it feel? Now you've finished a little time out then a continent? Just Joken! How are you , How are the kids?, Thats one epic journey & very well done? You still in the city or headed out to your ranch? C.D.
It must feel good to be able to stop and take a breath adn putya feet up, Grant
Well done, you're amazing, will buy you a drink next time you're in town, Terry
You are superhuman.you are truely my hero.so proud of you, Stoofa
Sarah, you are incredible! I had no idea atg all what you were doing or have done until last night when I was flicking through the local paper. Congratulations, words cannot do your achievement justice and I am proud to call you a friend. Your website paints a wonderful picture of your amazing journey!! Love and best wishes. Pete Buckley
Nothing i can say will express how impressed i am with you effort, courage and determination in completing this One lap of Australia... So I'll leave it at WE DONE !!!! I hope you enjoy your more "normal" life as you settle back into Wagga Wagga ... enjoy the break from the road.... and i hate to imagine what you have planned to follow this one up........
p.s ... I was very disappointed by the very small amount of space the Sunday papers gave you..... i missed the TV news on Saturday.. but i hope they gave you more air time .....
YOU GOT THERE!!!,....FOR ME IT WAS WONDERFUL TO MEET YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND SUPPORT AND SEE IT HAPPENING. I WILL TREASURE THE MEMORIES OF ONE GUTSY GIRL, LIKE AN 'AMELIA EARHART' PARALLEL,..BUT YOU MADE IT,..A FABU;LOUS EXAMPLE FOR EVERY ASPIRING AUSSIE INCLUDING THOSE WHO DUNNO WHAT ASPIRING MEANS...,BUT FEEL THAT WAY, NEVERTHELESS.
SINCERELY,..STEVE LLOYD,..x,..THE DISC BLOKE NEAR PAKENHAM-DROUIN
Congratulations, hope it was everything you expected when reaching the Opera House.
Sorry we couldn't make the finish it would have been great but we had a friends 60th Birthday on Saturday night and my cousin Jan has been down for a week. She left this morning and I have just arrived home from the airport.
I have been checking the web site everyday for news but I expect you have been very busy.
On Sunday the Mercury newspaper had an article and a friend send me an email with the Sydney Morning Herald story which was the same.
Hope is all well with yourself, Bonnie and Austin. Have you been offered any job prospects?
We would love to hear from you when you are settled.
Sue & Ken
Congratulations once again on your achieving your goal.
My family taped the Ch 7 and ABC News if you didn't manage to see them. Did you get any other channels recorded?
I hope you and your lovely children have found comfort in returning to a stationary life.
I particularly wanted to thank you for creating such an incredibly rich experience.
Regardless of leaving a little late, everything was so well organised and you have a wonderful personality to run and hang out with.
You lead well and were always clear in directions (even amongst the chaos).
I especially loved that you answered all of my many questions with thought. Many people can't do that while resting, let alone while running :)
You've raised two lovely children. I especially liked my first encounter with your son, which was a minor biff to the face...cheeky and fun :)
I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing of your future adventures.
I'll be wearing my singlet with pride :)
Well done on a fantastic and enormous challenge... always knew if there was a woman who could do this it would be you...because you believe you can do it... thats why!!!
Always a winner in my eyes, as a mum, business woman and all your creative and other efforts...
The first woman to run around Australia, an inspiration to many others that you can follow your goals and achieve at your own pace and drive...
I've sent you a few of our pics from yesterday.
Thanks for having lunch with us, it was a really great way to cap off our
weekend in Sydney. Thanks also for letting my 3 beautiful girls help you on
your final day of the One Lap, it was quite a special moment for them and I
know they have come away like I did a few weeks ago, totally stunned by your
All the best for the next few weeks acclimatizing to regular life in one
spot rather than one lap.
outdoor Innovation Group
Congratulations girl - you did it!
Just to let you know we left some of the cards you gave us with two of the local bike shops in Bowral, the town library, the gym, a local nursery and with a lady who runs a group called "Pink boot camp" on Thursday.
Gwenda, Jim & David
WE WERE THINKING OF YOU AS WE FINISHED OUR MORNING RUN IN A STORM HERE AS YOU WERE FINISHING YOUR EPIC JOURNEY. WELL DONE,
CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT IT WHEN YOU WAKE UP! EMAIL OR PHONE US WHEN YOU'RE READY TO HAVE VISITORS AND WE'LL COME ON UP.
DIDN'T GET TO SEE INSIDE THE BUS WHEN YOU WERE HERE SO WE CAN DECIDE IF ITS RIGHT FOR US. ALSO LOVE TO SHARE MORE ABOUT RAW.
HUGS AND SNUGGLES FOR THE KIDS.
Here's a donation for JDRF, wish I could afford more. Have a magical day tomorrow. Great effort.