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“I Believe That Dreams Can Come True” was started without a cent – our savings were invested in the production company we have since stopped operations, we did not own bicycles, no gear, no filming equipment, not even proper shoes – we had nothing to set off.
But we have committed to living our dreams full-time and letting our dreams fund us instead of taking the majority’s path of “finding a job, earning enough money, saving enough money before chasing our dreams.”
We wanted to prove to ourselves:
That dreams can happen, even when we don’t have a single cent in our pockets.
That a sustainable livelihood can be carved out of true passions.
That we all have the “permission”, to do the things we truly love.
That there is a “possibility”, for all of us to become someone greater.
Through serendipity, persistence, perseverance and a belief that so long as we stick to our intentions of inspiring people through our journey and the stories we’ve collected, we managed to set off on 30 March 2010.
It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the beautiful organisations, friends, and even strangers you see on this page, and we thank each and every single soul who allowed themselves to be moved; and in return, touched our hearts as well (click on each photo to read more):
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|Sponsored items: 2 x Polygon Urbano, 1 x Polygon Heist|
|Sponsored items:2 x Polar CS100, 1 minute of 24 Hours Cycling Challenge FundraiserPolar, founded in 1977, is the most prominent and leading Finnish brand in the global sports trade. As the inventors of the first heart rate monitor, Polar is the global leader in providing training technology and solutions with true passion and unrivalled physiological expertise for those who seek fitness and sports performance.At Polar, the driving force for everything we do is creating a positive impact on people and society. Our philosophy says it all: improving the quality of people’s lives, one heartbeat at a time.|
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|Koon:Thank you for your “mobile editing suite”!Dear Koon, we’ve said most of it during our little farewell – thank you for your big big heart at the beginning of it all. Jia you! We await to hear your songs, so very very soon!|
|Waithong:Thank you for your rugged hard disks!Dear Waithong, your generosity is received with heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for the open door, open mind and open heart.|
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|Clarence:Thank you for your air tickets to cross oceans!Dear Mad Hatter, beneath all that madness is a greatness – a greatness to create change. For that, we thank you. Good luck with your project, and we await our first drive in 5 years’ time!|
|Swee Kian:Thank you for…well, everything!Dear Swee Kian, we don’t even know where to start. Here goes – Thank you for visiting our website to find out what we are truly trying to achieve, and then offering your help in all ways and forms imaginable. Thank you for taking so much time to check our bikes, make them “F1-ready”, go gear-hunting, go sponsorship-negotiating. Thank you for warmth, both literally and figuratively. Above all of that, thank you for having a dream, and taking that first step from Finland many years ago. You are our inspiration. And in thanking you, we pay it forward to inspire others.|
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“I Believe That Dreams Can Come True” is a project borne out of the intention to inspire dreams. We want to go around the world and produce webisodes, documenting people’s dreams coming true; so that you who are watching these clips get inspired to take that one step towards your dreams.
|I Believe That Dreams Can Come True is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization and 501(c)(3) public charity. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the purposes of I Believe That Dreams Can Come True, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the purposes of I Believe That Dreams Can Come True must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.|
|Koh:你走了，留下一台三角架，還有無言的祝福。。。*hands to hearts, and then bring up to wipe our tears away*Dear Koh, we’d always remember – when we asked if you’d like to join us for Taiwan, and your reply was, “Can I cycle too?” For this spirit you’ve brought us during your stay with us, for your big-brothering, for the lu-wei suppers, for the map-reading 101, for all the waiting in front for us to catch up, and above all of that, for your big big heart – thank you.|
|Hiromi:Cheers to sisterhood! We *heart* you Dear Hiromi, big sunglasses, loud hair, red shoes and orange notebook – we love every bit of you! Thank you for your connections, translations, interpretations, time, house, friendship and your mum even! We’d always remember your “because you are so pure” and carry that in our hearts as we move forth. Arigato Gozaimasu!|
We’d love to have you with us on this journey, as companions, mentors, friends…and most of all, as fellow believers that dreams can come true:
Inspire a Dream
We want to meet you! Share your dream, tell us your story and let us film it.
If you’d like to cycle for a day with us in your hometown country, we’d be most happy to have you onboard!
Spread the Belief
Share the website with your family, friends… even some strangers. Pass around the URL, embed our videos/widgets, share the stuff on Facebook, MySpace etc. After all, Sharing is Caring! 🙂