Last Race Lap – Penultimate Update – Do you know where you book is?



The FINISH Line is approaching!!!

It’s time to hustle and get your travel book back to Wellington!!!

I am truly humbled and overwhelmed and pleased and excited. It has been an awesome six months watching ILYSM turn up in all sorts of places around the globe. You guys are amazing. I went to the postbox today, and our first book was back. Thank you Driver #8, Nancy from Victoria BC. Very cool!

And wait… there’s more to come! We haven’t even started the charity auction part of this event! Thank you all for journeying this far and for backing my Kickstarter project to get this race underway back in October!!!

Please be sure to get your books back to Wellington for the charity auction and please fill out the RSVP below so we can get the eBooks to your full team of readers – Click to complete important information we need for the next part of The Amazing Race:

CHARITY & eBOOK RSVP – Take 60 seconds now pretty please …

More of our Amazing Read drivers & their charities:

In this update we feature some of our amazing male drivers (is that an oxymoron?) and their chosen charities. Each of these guys contributes so much through their career and involvement with the community – a group of well-travelled experts in their own right, they’ve selected some awesome charities to race for – thanks so much gentlemen!!!

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Meet Driver #33 – Craig, PhD who is racing for Joanne’s House – Durham Youth’s Housing & Support Services, in Canada

Craig meditating in Yosemite

 I’ve known Craig for over forty years – is that possible? Yep. A grade school friend, Craig wanted to offer support to his Oshawa homey. Namaste friend. The photo above is Craig meditating at Yosemite – an amazing location that captures his favourite things: travel, hiking & learning.

Craig wants to better understand the human condition and holistic education. He works with at-risk youth and recognises homelessness as an increasing issue for them – that’s why he’s chosen Joanne’s House. They work to gain public and local community support for emergency shelter and transitional housing for youth in Durham Region. While the causes of the youth homelessness are complex, affordability is a key concern. Housing, income and, for some, support services are required, that’s where Joanne’s House comes in. Great charity choice Craig!

Visit Joanne’s House >>> 

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Michael in the Chu Chi tunnels in Vietnam, and below left ‘surprised’ in Angkor WHOT

 Michael’s charity is Cure Kids chosen as our children are our future and to help any child/family with any form of ill health is a great thing.

The Cure Kids purpose is simple: Every single day, their researchers are driven to find cures and better treatments for serious illnesses and diseases that affect thousands of children in New Zealand.

Their vision is a healthy childhood for everyone. They invested more than $38.5 million in research which has helped shape and change the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated. Go Cure Kids!

Visit Cure Kids NZ >>>

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Meet Driver #34 Tim – Racing for United Way/Centraide

Tim is a passionate, loving, family man who’s favourite things include his wonderful wife Tina, his family and the outdoors! Tim is a big believer in mutual love, fresh air and sunshine with some music to lift his spirits – bliss. One of Tim’s favourite trips was with his gorgeous wife to Prague and Budapest after the couple worked for a stint in the Emirates.

I knew Tim when he was working for YMCA and these early roots in Victoria BC are why his charity choice is the United Way. The organization is a cross-Canada network of over 100 offices, each working locally to raise funds and invest in improving lives in their community. Reflecting Canada’s bilingualism, the United Way and Centraide names are used together. Tim, Tina and lovely daughters are a picture perfect support for their community – keep up the great work guys!


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Michael, Driver #2 with sister Hazel, Driver #25 – both love a bit of sibling rivalry…

Michael lives in Wellington NZ, Hazel in Shetland, Scotland his hometown – both are drivers for different books – both want to win. They’re Scottish after all – we  expect nothing less from Vikings! C’mon lass, you know you’ll never live it down…

Michael spends his days working for the NZ public service in the health sector. He  wanted to support a friend’s fabulous journey as a writer, and thought The Amazing Read was a very novel and cool idea, allowing people all round the world to share the great ILYSM read. He also likes that proceeds go to charity. Michael’s favourite things are his daughter, Ellie who he loves more than words can describe; Food – he loves to eat succulent gorgeous fresh food (especially after cooking it with your favourite person); and the love of his life (awe) who makes his heart flutter every time he sees her: “She brightens my world, and I can’t imagine life without her.” Now that’s love, right! Michael had trouble finding a memorable travel pic, so I found one – oh, so cute 🙂

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Jeremy, Driver #18 with Emily, Driver #11, in Cuba

I briefly met Jeremy visiting my friend Debbie in Toronto – his is a smart, savvy and caring young man always thinking of others and ways to help. He wanted to support the Race and Habitat for Humanity because “I love the fact they are building houses for the community.”

Jeremy loves family dinners, especially during the holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, because all the relatives take time out of their busy schedule to catch up over a great big meal and drinks. He loves spending time catching up with friends, which is why he shared this pic with Emily, Driver #11 in Cuba. Jeremy loves to travel, closer to home in Ontario, or farther afield exploring the world seeing new places. His most memorable travel experience was Cuba where he swam, tanned, danced and drank, meeting strangely, a lot of new people from across Canada.

Jeremy chose to Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario – a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian housing organization that helps us build simple, decent and affordable homes with low-income families. They believe that by offering a family a hand-up, not a hand-out, they empower low-income families to become successful homeowners.

Visit Habitat for Humanity >>> 

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Introducing my dear friend Sharon, Driver #23, who sometimes gets carried away with friends…

Sharon is a long time supporter of Maori Women’s Refuge, “I can only imagine how devastating it must be to grab the kids and sneak out of the house with nothing.”

Her most favourite things in the world are: “People (because without them I would be very sad and lonely), learning and developing (because I get a thrill out of learning something new and because I like becoming a better person with every year and to apply that with doing what I can to help others through this bizarre maze we call life); and fun (because that’s what makes it all worth it!).”

Her most memorable travel experience involved New Years in Sydney with her BFF, where in the middle of the night she locked herself out of the room and had to go down to reception in very skimpy nightwear! (sorry no photo supplied boys)!

Te Whare Rokiroki, Maori Women’s Refuge was established in 1986 after Māori women within the Women’s Refuge movement identified a need to be responding to the needs of Maori women. They have now been providing services to Maori women and children in the Wellington Community for over 25 years. The service is provided for and byMāori women, they work alongside their sister refuge Wellington Women’s Refuge, to ensure a safe and appropriate service for all women and children experiencing domestic violence. They are a non-government, not-for-profit organisation, their services are confidential, and they support women whether they choose to leave or stay in a relationship. Their underlying philosophies are based on a commitment to freedom from all forms of oppression. They support the full diversity of our community and support their decisions around sexuality, identity and the diversity of cultural practices, values and beliefs.

Visit Te Whare Rokiroki, Maori Women’s Refuge >>>

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And from the wonderful folks at Book #28, racing for Equine Pathways UK, some pics…

All the moms on the footy pitch in Holland are reading ILYSM  – you’re awesome – and Driver Jackie is coming to the UK to bring ILYSM home – OMG!!!

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In closing, I’ve received many comments from readers about ILYSM, and I appreciate ALL of them so keep ’em coming. Many have been supportive. For others, the book has stopped them in their tracks. One friend admits he could not continue reading: “I just cannot believe you could have fallen for this.” I agree totally. Years ago I’d have been in that same disbelief camp ‘it is impossible’ I’d have said. Yet all around the globe we keep reading headlines of people still falling prey to romance scams. Sam Hurley in The Herald on 17 May, wrote about ‘Linda’ (who wants to remain anonymous) that lost $300,000 in a romance scam. I don’t want to be like ‘Linda’ and needed to put a face and name to the crime for my own healing in this really tough journey. Even now, I sometimes ask myself ‘did it really happen?’ A recent press release confirms the ‘story’ I love you, send money is a true, ‘reality read’ of my experience as a romance scam victim – read more below:

“It could never happen to me” EIN press

If someone you know is in a relationship you suspect might be a romance scam, have them contact or your local police – also give them my details – I’d love to talk to them. I know together we can stop these criminals and keep online dating a safe haven for those that are truly looking for love. Be safe out there!

Arohanui, Jordan xox 


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