CHESNEY - the means by which the Leap of Faith Tour - On A Wing & A Prayer .... takes place
Gwynna worked upon 'Chesney' the caravan purchased at the end of 2016 for 20 months making it fit for purpose to live in full time and travel around Aotearoa allowing small public meetings to be held 'on the porch' or 'in the annex' to introduce Anam Cara Care Centre - Reverie Harp Heart & Soul Healing and 'Care Factor Pods' into each province of this great country.
SPIROLOC (Christchurch) have provided at cost price their beautiful compact wood burning fire to keep Chesney cosy warm no matter the weather where ever. What a brilliant wee wood fire this is.
JUST TYRES (New Plymouth) have provided at a hard to beat price four new tyres.
Grateful thanks to both companies. Still looking for sponsorship for the last projects to complete which are listed below.
Check out 'Chesney Photo Gallery' as to work on renovation taking place.
Chesney is a 1985 'full width' Australian caravan with a more recently rebuilt solid chassis on tandem wheels and he tows like a dream.
Chesney is absolutely perfect for ACCC 'Leap of Faith Tour - On A Wing & A Prayer' as it has a separate bedroom end (which can be closed off) a roomy kitchen / dining and of course the 'back porch' which the double doors open out onto.
This 'back porch' is quite an attraction and talking point with people as we travel. I now believe it to to be quite unique.
The back end of Chesney opens up into a decent 'back porch' area where LOFT meetings can take place eliminating costly hire of venues in each area visited.
The first work completed was rebuilding the back doors which were flimsy, very insecure and not weather tight, with beautiful Matai stable doors. (above)
Eventually there will be two little leadlight windows in the top of stable doors (above).
The porch floor ply has been replaced and sealed with butynol to keep it water tight.
These are the final projects to complete which assistance is asked for. To date, everything completed in this renovation / refurbishment has been at just one person, Gwynna Whiteowl's expense.
1) 12V solar system is now mostly installed. $700 still needed for one heavy duty 150ah battery to enable 12V fridge to be installed once purchased.
This will allow me to visit people anywhere and be self sufficient powering a 12V compressor fridge to keep food fresh. It also allows recharging of technology without needing to be in a campground plugged into power.
12V lighting is now installed and a 1000w inverter is about to be installed.
To give some understanding to costs, it would only take 9 weeks of campground use to spend $1,500 so it makes sense to be self sufficient.
2) 12V compressor fridge. $1,500
As a temporary measure I bought a 12V 'chiller' last summer which kept milk and dairy cool but is very noisy - have to turn it off at night - and holds very little.
3) Gas Oven / grill / 3 x hobb. $1,200
To be built into kitchen bench giving back much needed bench-top space. It is so important to be able to prepare and cook nutritious food. This compact oven / grill / hob is perfect for this small space. At present a portable 3 burner gas camping cooker takes all the bench space and limits the type of food possible to cook.
4) CANVAS SIDES FOR PORCH. $2,000
To enable small public meetings to be held on the back porch it is necessary to have an enclosed room with canvas sides no matter the weather.
5) ARTWORK. unknown cost - lastly but not least -
In keeping with the theme "On a Wing & A Prayer" Gwynna has ideas as to the Artwork however, is open to discussing what is possible with anyone keen to help out with this vital part of the project. Artists have signing rights which along with their work will be seen Aotearoa wide.
If You can help cover any of these costs please make contact and lets chat about what is possible.
All sponsors will be recognised on the rear wall of Chesney.