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A Pick-Me-Up with Nine Days to Go


Editor’s note: This was originally posted on darfurunited.com by i-ACT Project Coordinator Sara-Christine Dallain.

i-ACT Director/Co-Founder Gabriel Stauring captures our players and their smiles in their 2014 Official DU tees. Go DU!


We’ve been in Chad now for 21 days. Nine more to go. As I write this I’m profusely sweating. The heat has suppressed my hunger, and I can’t seem to quench my thirst. But so goes the Chad experience. As Gabriel likes to say, “We roll with it.”

Our mantra and motto out here is always, “Here and now.” But right now, I need a little pick-me-up, and leaving the present and thinking ahead about successfully leaving Chad with the team, bound for Sweden, is that pick-me-up. Nine more days until we get to hopefully board that flight with the Darfur United team. Nine more days until I hopefully get to let out a giant sigh of relief, and lift this ton of bricks off my shoulders and look around the plane at each player as we all smile and cheer with excitement when the plane takes off.

It’s been a journey. A great one. With many highs and a few lulls. And now, with nine days to go, we must keep working hard. Seeing the p