Africa Clockwise: Sam Pearce

is creating a travel biography with chronic illness

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In July 2013, Sam Pearce and her family left Cape Town to drive clockwise around Africa on waste vegetable oil to draw attention to the affects of climate change across the continent. In six and a half years, their Big Green Truck, a 1978 Mercedes, trekked more than 47000 km through 38 countries, breaking down 26 times.

They survived rough roads through Angola, DRC and Guinea; tough times across the deserts of the Sahara and the mountains of Ethiopia; plus evacuation from Liberia during the Ebola epidemic. Sam homeschooled her kids throughout in a 3m² space, including 146 days when the Big Green Truck was stranded in garages during 3 engine rebuilds in 2019.

Beset by the chronic energy-impairment illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis since 1992, Sam's toughest challenge yet is to complete the chronicle of their journey before her increasing levels of disability leave her physically unable to do so. As the COVID-19 lockdown has left her stand-up comedian husband Mark Sampson without income, she is asking her blog followers to step up to support her to bring their story full circle.


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Due to the debilitation of her chronic illness, Sam is now mostly bed bound and currently only able to work effectively between 1-2 hours per day. Contributions will help fund pain-relieving meds and supplements to boost her capacity as far as possible. She is aiming to complete the travel blog of their 2013-19 Africa Clockwise journey then turn it into a book. This final part of the trek might well prove to be the hardest, but Sam hopes to be published before the 10 year anniversary of their leaving in 2023.
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