Ka mau te wehi! 102% and still going...
16 MONTHS AGO
Tēnā rawa atu koutou. Thank you all so very much! We've made it to 102% in 2 weeks!
I truly appreciate the support, including (but not limited to):
Messages of encouragement, sharing my (numerous) posts on social media, Mum for your unwavering support, Reuben for your music on my video (and your aroha), whānau and friends and people I've never met who've gifted generously, mates who will come and see me perform in Edinburgh (and take photos too), loans of neck pillows and sound advice on managing long haul flights, Dudley Benson for your wonderful guidance, and everyone who has told me they've been moved (or felt supported) by my writing.
The support you've gifted me will enable me to sleep well, with a full puku and immerse myself fully in Scotland before my performances (not just once but twice) at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
It may also allow me to:
Take a random train ride to garner inspiration, buy ice creams in the sweltering Scottish sun (it's been known to happen), visit the Highlands where men in kilts roam amongst castles and stone circles, and purchase a new raincoat. As they say in Scotland 'there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes'...it pays to be prepared.
And people are still asking me if they can contribute. Āe. Yes. And Please.
With 13 days left to go, if you've had my project on your radar and would like to contribute, any additional koha is very welcome. I assure you it will be put to good use. How many books can I fit in a suitcase?
I will remain connected (via all my links here), everyone will be acknowledged in my book (whenever it comes out - hopefully this year) and you have my eternal gratitude. Who knows, after this is all over, I may even start a shop and borrow this sign!
Aroha nui, Iona x