To begin with, we’ll be collecting funds to enable us to complete the event. This will involve physical training, purchasing equipment and supplies, and educating ourselves (what we both know about ocean rowing can currently be summed up on the back of a beer mat). Beyond that we’ll be supporting our sole charitable partner: Plastic Oceans UK. Upon completion of the event we’ll be auctioning our boat, the proceeds from which will also go to our chosen charity.
Plastic Oceans UK are aiming to stop plastic reaching the oceans. Within a generation. It’s a huge ask, but they’re going about it by targeting the problem at its source. They educate individuals, communities, businesses, and governments. They fund scientific research, which helps influence Government policy, and they help industries push sustainable practices.
Take a look at the trailer for their documentary “Plastic Oceans”–it sums up our motivation perfectly.
To be completely frank: we need funds right now. Campaigning has already begun in earnest, and it’s crucial we secure equipment and training as early as possible in order to make this challenge a reality.
We cannot wait to push off from the dock, to test ourselves physically and mentally, to inspire others, and to raise awareness for an extremely worthy cause. We are immeasurably grateful to everyone who’s supported us!
- Rory Gillard
- Sunshine Survey
- R B
Organizer and beneficiary
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