On the 1st of January 1999, Travis Gale and Stephen Bonaconsa set out on a round the world bicycle tour with a vision to raise R1 million for children affected by and living with HIV / AIDS in KZN. On Day 5, the 5th of January 1999, the tour almost came to an end, the pair not having even left their home country or raised a single cent.
On the 18th December, the pair returned to their starting point having cycled 17,000km across four continents, raising R1.7 million for their cause.
The DAY 5 session is underpinned by the belief that every single one of our starts is followed by a DAY 5. DAY 5 is that moment when expectations don't line up with reality, when tough environmental circumstances seem to be working against you, or when the reality of what it is going to take to reach the finish confronts you, leaving you doubtful of your ability to reach the finish.
How did we deal with our Day 5 moment? How did Day 5 shape the rest of a very successful tour? What did it take to get on the bikes on Day 6? Want does that mean for you and your context?
Together we explore these questions and insights and how they apply to "The Middle" you are waking through right now.
This session aims to encourage individuals and teams through the middle; that territory that we must navigate in pursuit of our goals. Applying lessons from the tour, we talk practically into:
About Travis Gale
At the age of 18 Travis was inducted into the world of cause driven adventure when he and a friend, Stephen Bonaconsa, spent a year cycling 17,000km across four continents raising R1.7 million for vulnerable children.
It was on the tour where Travis penned a vision for an organisation called Appletree.
After studying HR at UKZN, Travis spent a year on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand working in the dive industry. His experience of the devastating 2004 tsunami catalysed a return to South Africa with a renewed fervour to work with people. Upon return, Travis established Appletree alongside a group of facilitators. Over the past 14 years, Travis has developed himself as a speaker, facilitator, consultant and coach serving clients from a wide range of industries including; Engineering, FMCG, Financial Services, Insurance IT, E Commerce and Retail.
As a Director of the Appletree Group, Travis plays a role in developing offerings which enable human transformation and the cultivation of healthy organisational culture. He has now dropped the bicycle for trail running shoes. He has been married to his wife Toni for 10 years and is the father to two cute and energetic daughters.