If you think rowing on the Tideway can be chilly, fancy heading to Antarctica for the winter? Not a chance, thank you, but one of our members is on their way over right now on quite a high-profile expedition…Eric Reynolds writes:
I hope that you are warm and comfortable and that you will have a peaceful and prosperous 2013.
I am probably not going to be quite so warm as I am aboard the good ship SA Agulhas on route to Antarctica to deliver Ran Fiennes and his team onto the ice at the start of their attempt at the first ever crossing of the continent during the Polar winter.
The SA Agulhas
There are a bunch of good scientific and educational reasons for undertaking the Coldest Journey, plus of course the ‘boys own adventure’ side of things.
Very importantly we have a target of raising $10,000,000 for a charity called Seeing is Believing.
The expedition is a private enterprise (not government sponsored) so we are scraping all the barrels in order to get there and with any luck back again.
So far we have raised sufficient to charter the ship and to pay for enough fuel to get started, but we might get stuck in the Southern Ocean unless we can raise some more while we are away.
If you would like to help get us back – every £1 donated puts a litre in the tank.
http://www.justgiving.com/thecoldestjourney is the easy way to contribute.
Any surplus raised over cost will be matched by Standard Chartered bank and will be used to help those who cannot see in Africa and India. More information on the adventure and the aims at www.thecoldestjourney.org.
I can’t promise to bring you back a piece of ice but if you click to donate and email me that you have I will arrange for a Ran signed thank you to be sent to you.
Very best wishes