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The Jamaica Adventures of Garry Sowerby

The Jamaica Adventures of Garry Sowerby

Negril, Jamaica, W.I. January 18, 2016. Over thirteen years ago, Garry Sowerby, a four-time world record holder, long-distance driving, columnist and global adventurer, set out on an odyssey. On Friday 13th of November, 2002 hedrove from Whitehorse, in Canada's Yukon Territory, in pursuit of Dawson City's 'sourtoe cocktail'.  “The 'sourtoe cocktail' is an obscure rite of passage in the Yukon and I wanted to do it,” Garry said. But bad luck prevailed that Friday the 13th in 2002, so we tried it again looking for good luck,” Garry said.

Thirteen years later, Friday, November the 13th, he set out to do the drive again with his wife and editor, Lisa Calvi, to launch his book “Driven Mind”. It was the first of seven pop-up global launches planned for the next eleven months in places of significance chronicled in the book.  This ambitious goal was well-within reach of a man known in his industry as an adventurous trailblazer and holder of four world records for long distance driving, while circumnavigating the world, crossing 75 countries.

During an interview with the epic world traveler, Sowerby revealed that in 2015 he decided on an unconventional approach to launching Driven Mind by using the next six (6) locations to stage events that are inspired by stories in the book.  

One such story involved Sowerby “smuggling” 5,000 children’s books from the U.K. to schools and libraries in Moscow, Russia in 1991. This past Christmas, Sowerby, Calvi and their family decided to give up the annual gift exchange and donate gifts to Children in Negril, Jamaica as the second launch platform. On the Internet, he found Negril Education Environment Trust (http://www.neetja.com). He then contacted the non-profit organization and eventually was introduced to Mr Winston Wellington, Chairman, by Lataya Gray, his competent Assistant. It was decided to grant NEET a donation of $1,500.

Sowerby and Calvi made their way to Negril, Jamaica for four adventure-filled days to participate in awarding the donation and what a rewarding experience it was!  The excited children received books, erasers, small digital tablets that could be loaded with educational materials & NEET values-based programmes, such as The National Anthem, The Bible, Living Values Education Values Posters, etc.

The writer asked Garry "What stood out most on this journey?" He said: “The reactions of the children and teachers”. When he was flying home, he looked at the people around him on the plane and thought “I probably had 10 times more meaningful experiences than they. Through all my travels, the people stood out more than anything through the cities, towns, villages and mountains; they were most memorable.”

What is most poignant about Garry, Lisaand their three daughters is that their desire to make a difference in the lives of the needy is so strong, they gave up exchanging gifts and invested in the youth of Jamaica. Sowerby ends the interview with the thought “Imagine if every tourist who comes to Jamaica spends $50 on the youth, what that could do?”

For more information on the book, Driven Mind, a high quality 242-page paperback with over 400 colour images, go to: www.adventuredrive.ca/drivenmind or facebook.com/DrivenMindBook

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