Written by Vignir. Edited by Alondra Silva Munoz.
We at #TeamTroll have a special connection with Nepal since our company began with the expeditions of our Troll founder to Nepal. For that reason, #TeamTroll is fond of strengthening the ties between Iceland and Nepal. Our friend Brandur, a quadriplegic mouthpainter, social entrepreneur and adventurer, will set off to Nepal. We are proud to support him in this beautiful adventure and want to invite you too to follow Brandur closely as he travels to Nepal, where he will paint with his mouth and work with local social entrepreneurs.
Brandur is an artist that has painted with his mouth since he was affected by an unknown paralysis. At first, he was feeling down and desperate but through his art and social work he has found strength and a new purpose in his life. Now he has already founded Frumbjörg, which is an innovation center and start-up incubator in Reykjavík which offers a home to those working on developing next generation assistive and welfare-oriented technologies. You can read more about it (here).
Not only is he a social entrepreneur but also, he has also realized his dream of going paragliding in 2014, but with good help of Gísli Steinar Jóhannesson, Glacier Guide at #TeamTroll, Brandur raised money for this adventure and a custom-made paragliding chair. Gísli is dear to us at Troll and we are proud of his work with our friend Brandur. Brandur is a genuine adventurer like us at #TeamTroll. He′s also a true friend since he helped us one time when our Super Jeep got stuck in Vík, Brandur was there with us exploring tge country.
Brandur′s Adventure to Nepal
Now Brandur is on his way to Nepal with his team, he has already bought the flight tickets. He is now planning his trip there to this magnificent country and raising money for this adventure. In Nepal, Brandur will be faced with some of the most difficult conditions of accessibility for disabled people he has ever met. Brandur is not going to let that stop him and he will test how far he can go in his wheel chair. He will also practice his art of mouth-painting and be a mentor to Nepalese entrepreneurs, he will also exercise with a master of ancient medical practices to see if that improves his health.
Support Brandur’s Adventure in Karolinafund
His adventure starts on the 5th of March and he returns to Iceland on the 19th of April, but there is still time to help his crowd founding so Brandur can travel in Nepal more extensively. He will also visit schools there to talk to the school children how it is being a disabled man in Iceland and how he has fought for the rights of disabled people in Iceland.
We at Troll have already supported the crowd founding of Brandur′s journey and encourage you to do the same so Brandur and his team can make this extraordinary journey happen. You can donate any amount of money to the campaign, but we recommend selecting a specific reward and donate that amount since the rewards are also unique.
For only 10 euros you will get a personal message and picture from Brandur, going up to 20 euros you get a ticket to his Brandurfest conference, then an unique Brandurfest t-shirt is 110 euros. For art lovers you can also get copy prints of his paintings painted in Nepal for 205 euros and an original art piece for 395 euros. Only two of each of those rewards remain in the crowd founding, so hurry up! Brandur is also a dreamer and his ultimate dream is to set up an investment fund that aims to impact society and nature in a positive way. You can become the first investor in this fund if you donate 100.000 euros! Check out his crowd founding (here) which lasts until the 3rd of March at midnight!
Finally, we send the best wishes to Brandur and his team. We will follow their trip closely and with great excitement!
All pictures posted in this article are from the personal collection of Brandur Karlsson