My wife, Bonnie, & I have always been big supporters of Reality Rally, and get to work at a checkpoint during the competition. This year (2013) we attended the celebrity reception at Wilson Creek Winery. While making the rounds at the party, We noticed that wherever Brendon & Rachel Villegas were, there was sure to be a crowd. Eventually, however, we found ourselves standing alone with them and struck up a conversation.
This is what Reality Rally is all about.
People ask me "what did you make" and my answer other than the funds raised,
"We made a difference, we make an impact "
The Ripples of Reality Rally have touched many and our stories continue. Reality Rally was created in tribute to 3 people who died young from cancer. (See our website) I know they are still at work as they are the guiding force behind Reality Rally and all the ripples.
This Reality Rally Ripple is about Erin Stone.
The far reaching Ripples of Reality Rally reach over the ocean,to Australia.
Ben Waterworth & My Survivor Dream
Back in the year 2000 like a large portion of the world's TV audience, I got hooked on a little TV show called Survivor. This thing called 'reality tv' and it's interesting dynamics of realism, characters and competition amazed me and drew me in to something that almost seemed like sport without the sport. I was enthralled and never looked back. Over the 11 year history of the show, I never missed a single episode, fell in love with characters and despised others, and continued conversations with friends, family and even strangers about this amazing show. And although the show may have waned slightly from it's initial booming popularity at the turn of the century, my passion and love for it never did and I remained as hooked on it as I was right back during season 1. And as somebody in the media, it was a deep felt dream for me to somehow get involved in the world of Survivor and make an effort to hear stories from the people who make the show so memorable: the castaways. I had one thing standing in my way: the Pacific Ocean. As somebody living on 'the other side of the World' in Australia, it remained difficult to trully become connected with these people all the way in the United States.
“The Ripples of Reality Rally”
You can only see yourself in the reflection of still water but to have an impact on others one must drop a stone into that water and create ripples that reach out far and wide and touch who knows what. I really saw myself in the quiet of my mind during my sequester off Survivor and I dropped a stone in that water when I created Reality Rally. The resulting ripples are what I envisioned for Reality Rally. I could see how involving anyone who would see the passion, feel the inspiration and want to be part of something that could enhance themselves and provide a platform for doing good, would create ripples of effect that would come to pass and it has. I will share stories here highlighting those ripples that have reached out and made a difference.
" Huey and Kiowa "
We had the grandiose idea to organize a “Fly Over” as our game started. How cool would that be. We made some enquiries always keeping in mind our fiscal responsibilities to our charity, Michelle’s Place.