We all have dreams. We think them up, imagine going through with them, and then usually forget about them for one reason or another. So it was with the project I dreamt up in 2006:
My idea was to travel from the tip of northern Africa to Cape Town in time for the 2010 World Cup finals.
In every country I was going to take a penalty against a goalkeeper from that country's national football team. I would make a small film about each country, donate money to a local school and my video blog was even going to appear on BBC's Football Focus every saturday. I was going to call the project: 'One World, One Africa.'
But when I started looking into it Mauritania was no longer safe to travel through, parts of Mali were full of bandits and my initial bravado rapidly disappearing. I lost my bottle, as they say. I eventually accepted that my Africa dream wasn't going to happen and settled instead for a one-month trip to the World Cup finals in South Africa.
That would be the end of the story if it wasn't for Bjorn Heidenstrom. I met Bjorn in Latvia in the summer of 2009. He was staying with friends of mine on his way to the World Cup! Not only this, but he was cycling all the bloody way! Bjorn was basically doing what I had planned to do, but on a far greater scale.
I felt greatly inspired by this man's efforts.
Bjorn's 'The Shirt 2010' project aims to improve awareness of the plight of the world's refugees. He is doing this by 'hitchbiking' thousands of miles alone through more than 30 countries. He is also collecting shirts so he can sew them together and make the World's Biggest Football Shirt.
I want to support Bjorn's efforts. I will join Bjorn in Kenya in April for the last 6500-kilometre leg of the journey and accompany him until the end of the World Cup finals in July.
Please help Bjorn and I by following our blogs and spreading the word.