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Round The World Ocean Voyage - Plastic Pollution

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Hi there!

Thank you so much for showing an interest in my trip.  I'm incredibly excited at the thought of being a crew member on the eXXpedition  Round The World Voyage which started on 8th October 2019 sailing from Plymouth to the Azores and reaches Fiji in May where I get on the boat.   We'll be investigating the causes and solutions of plastic pollution and toxics in our oceans and generating unique scientific data to help us all understand more.

I'll be one of 300 women taking part in this 2 year voyage covering a total of 38,000 nautical miles.  The voyage has been broken down in to 30 legs and I'm on leg 12 sailing 600 miles from Fiji to Vanuatu.  

I'll be taking part in cutting-edge citizen science taking samples of micro plastics from all levels of the ocean water column including the surface and the ocean bed.  These samples will then be sent to specialist scientific laboratories all around the world to help us understand exactly what is getting in our oceans and how we can solve the problems on land.  



Why am I getting involved?         
1. Since visiting Costa Rica 3 years ago and seeing the giant sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs fighting their way passed sharks and other predators it dawned on me that plastic was just as much a challenge to them and all marine life.   I saw the reactions of the young people as they heard the information shared with them from the Sea Turtle Sanctuary about the difficulties that all marine life and animals face in our oceans and felt a huge need to get informed and play my part.   My love for nature and the environment  has since taken me to Norway, across America by train from the Rocky Mountain National Park to San Francisco, Croatia and Europe and all this has fuelled my desire to take care of what we have.

2. I'm a mother of 2 teenagers & want to support the generations of today & generations of tomorrow to make our world a better place.

3. I'm the founder of Meaningful Recruitment    and I work with many organisations that are B Corps & also Social Responsibility focused companies so plastic pollution comes up time and time again.

4.  My 1:1 clients want to get out of their comfort zone & contribute to making a positive social impact so I'm leading from the front and showing that what seems impossible can be possible.

5. A big part of the mission is about using this platform to showcase women in STEM, exploration and sailing.  As a career advisor and expert I'm aware that despite significant progress, women are still underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors. Globally, women occupy only 13% of the STEM workforce (including health professionals) and I want to inspire change in this area.  

I've been selected out of the 10,000 women that applied for my communication skills, desire to make a difference and resilience.  I'm passionate about doing all I can to help  us understand how we can all play a part in easing plastic pollution in our oceans and on land.  I'll be returning from my trip and will deliver many high profile speeches, presentations to organisations and talks in schools with the aim of raising awareness of how we can all reduce our plastic footprint.

Here I am in action out in Norway reporting on Climate Change..



I honestly can't wait to be one of the team on board and play my part just like these ladies did on a previous trip:




The Facts are real:  

* 8 million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the ocean each year.

* we use over one million plastic bags every minute worldwide.

* toxic chemicals in the ocean, such as pesticides, tyre plastic, flame retardants and industrial waste are finding their way to the ocean, affecting marine life and finding their way in to the food chain.  

The sea is often the final destination of plastic waste as it is carried by winds, streams, rivers and currents in to oceanic whirlpools of pollution.  Our voyage will travel through 4 of the 5 whirlpools of pollution known as gyres to gather crucial information and feed this back to land.

 
The time for action is now and it's up to each of us not to kick the plastic bottle down the street. 

We can all reduce our plastic footprint. 

We can make informed consumer choices to avoid unnecessary 'single-use' plastics.  Simple changes, new habits, thoughtful actions can all contribute to a better future. 

Let's get plastic smart.

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You can play a part and show your support by contributing a donation of any amount to help me fund this voyage. 
Feel free to choose something  from the list below as a sign of my appreciation.


£25   - 'Shout Out  - Thank You'  - 6 of 25 available

* A personal 'shout out thank you' will be given for individual supporters on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  or a hand written ‘thank you’ if you're not on social media.   


£50   - 'Message NOT in a bottle' - 8 of 20 available

* Receive a personal message in a video from the boat.
* A personal shout out thank you' on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  


£150 - 'Let's talk about getting plastic smart' - x10 JUNE - JULY TALKS ARE SOLD OUT.      5 of 5 bookings available for SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER

*Sponsor a talk in a primary school or secondary school within 50 miles of Kent. This can be arranged for a school you are connected to or I can arrange it on your behalf.
* A personal message in a video from the boat for you or the school.

An hour will be spent with the audience at the school to deliver the talk which could be:

-         during an assembly with the whole school or alternatively it can be with a smaller group of students and teachers or even a school club;

-         combined with the launch of a  ‘Go Plastic Free'  or 'Go Green Week’ if this appeals;

Ten school talks have been sponsored and scheduled between mid June to the end of July 2020 - thank you! 
As this was so popular, 5 more school talks have been released for sponsoring and will take place from September 2020. 


£150 - 'Solidarity Social Media Shout Out' -  for organisations of all sizes -  6 of 10 available

* To show your support for our mission through your donation, you'll receive a social media shout out 'thank you' for your business on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
*You'll also receive a short write up in the post specifically focused on your organisation.


£500 - Bronze Sponsorship - 1 of 3 available

*Your logo will be displayed on the sponsorship slides at all the speeches I deliver pre and post the voyage (including conference talks, school talks and many more to be scheduled).
*A shout out pre and post the expedition on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and on LinkedIn.
*A personal message in a video from the boat from me.
*One year advertising of the logo and links on my website alongside names such as UNICEF , Raleigh International  - click here  to see more. 
*10% off one recruitment campaign with Meaningful Recruitment.  This can be used for a contingency search or retained campaign such as the advertised campaign carried out for the National Youth Ballet among other clients.  This is a saving of circa £675 on an average campaign.


£1000 - Silver Sponsorship:  - 1 of 2 available

*Your logo will feature on one of my sleeves during the voyage*  (* this will be on a t-shirt or long sleeved top not foul weather gear).
*Blog post written for the  organisation or school after the trip.
*Your logo will be displayed on the sponsorship slides at all the speeches I deliver pre and post the voyage (including conference talks, school talks and many more to be scheduled).
*A shout out pre and post the expedition on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and on LinkedIn.
*A personal message in a video from the boat from me.
*One year advertising of the logo and links on my website alongside  names such as UNICEF  , Raleigh International  - click here   to see more. 
*20% off one recruitment campaign with Meaningful Recruitment .This can be used for a contingency search or retained campaign such as the advertised campaign carried out for the National Youth Ballet among other clients. This is a saving of circa £1,350 on an average campaign.


£2000 - Gold  Sponsorship  - 1 available

*Your logo will feature on a cap and beanie during the voyage.
*Blog post written for the organisation or school after the trip.
*The Gold Sponsor will be mentioned at all media events I attend.
*A presentation to be delivered for your organisation or school and photo opportunity (this is assuming the sponsor is UK based).
*Your logo will be displayed on the sponsorship slides at all the speeches I deliver pre and post the voyage (including conference talks, school talks and many more to be scheduled).
*A shout out pre and post the expedition on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and on LinkedIn.
*A personal message in a video from the boat from me.
*One year advertising of the logo and links on my website alongside  names such as UNICEF , Raleigh International  - click here  to see more. 
*30% off one recruitment campaign with Meaningful Recruitment .This can be used for a contingency search or retained campaign such as the advertised campaign carried out for the National Youth Ballet among other clients. This is a saving of circa £2,025 on an average campaign.


Many thanks for showing an interest in my voyage.

If you'd like to connect then feel free to email me : [email redacted].uk or [email redacted]

Thank you!

Katie
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Donations 

  • Clare Witton - 360 Private Travel
    • £150 (Offline)
    • 3 yrs
  • Bronze Sponsorship Package - Underwater Earth
    • £500 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs
  • Claremont School Talk - Sarah Raine
    • £150 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs
  • Louise Watson
    • £50 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs
  • Private donor
    • £50 (Offline)
    • 5 yrs
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Katie Redfern
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