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The Final Stretch

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The Final Stretch

We did it! We have completed all 10 working days and are both proud and amazed at the work we have done. We spent our final day, a hot, cloudless one, trekking door-to-door.

We were able to finish our day in the field at 2:00 pm and then helped organize supplies at the BSPCA. On our way back to the resort, we stopped at a handicraft store and perused—some of us looking for souvenirs for family back home. We arrived back to the resort before sunset and were able to not only watch the sunset but also make phone calls to our families before dinner.

Fisherman’s Rest and Mission Rabies treated each of the volunteers to individual pizzas, made in a wood-burning oven. Mission Rabies also hired a small Malawian band that played and sang local music. They sounded great and quite a few people danced! Our dinner and music entertainment ended at 8:00 pm and then we had a very sweet recognition ceremony that the Mission Rabies team provided for the volunteers. They addressed each of us individually and gifted us a mug with our team photograph, a Block 2 entire team photograph, and a beautiful thank you note. 

After the ceremony, we got packed up and went to bed around 10:00 pm. Dawn and I also took time to take videos and photographs at Fisherman’s Rest to show our families where we have been living for 2 weeks. 

This morning we woke at 5:00 am, and we climbed aboard the bus to the airport at 6:30 am. We had a smooth flight from Malawi to Johannesburg, where we had a wait of 3 more hours. Dawn and I made the most of our time by having a pedicure at the airport spa. Our feet definitely deserved being pampered after all the miles we walked the last 2 weeks. We have greatly enjoyed our time in Malawi, but are certainly looking forward to being home soon. Thank you for reading!—Jessie Foley

JESSIE FOLEY has a degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College, as well as a degree in advertising and public relations from University of Arkansas. She was previously on the veterinary nurse team at University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Currently, Foley is the audience outreach manager for Brief Media and also plays a key role in Brief Media's partnership with Mission Rabies. In 2017, she joined the Mission Rabies Mega Vaccine Drive in Malawi, Africa for her second year.

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