I’m about to sail round the world while raising money for Unicef UK and I need your help.
Clipper Round the World 2017-18
Have you ever wanted to do something completely different and utterly mad? Well I have! In August I will set sail for 11 months to cover 40,000 nautical miles all the way round the world in the 2017-18 Clipper Race. This is the only amateur yacht race for circumnavigators and it is a massive challenge - fewer people have sailed round the world than have climbed Mount Everest. I am a sporty 28 year old and am ready to give up the rat race for a whole year together with all the home comforts I take for granted such as a roof over my head, a proper bed, fresh food and a hot shower. I want to push myself in this race like never before and I want to inspire others to challenge themselves to do something crazy and totally out of their comfort zone.
I have also decided it is time to put my money where my mouth is and to fundraise for the brilliant charity Unicef UK. I want to make a real difference to the lives of children who are not as lucky as me and to give something back to the children of the world. Specifically I will be working with NEXTGen London. Next Generation is a global Unicef initiative bringing together diverse groups of young professionals who are committed to helping to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Unicef UK is the world’s leading organisation for children, working in 190 countries and ensuring that more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation.
My voyage will give me the opportunity to understand and see for myself some of the issues that affect children globally. Providing support, encouragement and opportunity to children is central to my Clipper journey. I chose to fundraise for Unicef because I truly believe that every child should have a fair chance at life. I believe that the Clipper challenge is my way of showing children that anything is possible when you put your mind to it - even sailing round the world! The race route I will be taking round the globe reflects the nature of Unicef's global presences, where they provide support through education, advocacy, skill sharing and fundraising. This may be helping child refugees in Syria, protecting children in conflict zones, or feeding children who are suffering from malnutrition in South Sudan.
How can you help?
As I’m sure you can imagine sailing round the world will not be cheap. I have been racking my brains as to how I can fundraise for Unicef UK while contributing towards the cost of my trip and think that crowdfunding is the answer. My target is to raise £50,000 which I will split between Unicef UK and my Clipper trip costs. As soon as I have met the trip cost target, everything additional will go towards Unicef UK.
I will keep you in touch with this adventure as I complete my preparations for the August start and from every port on the voyage.
So please dig deep - help Unicef UK continue their amazing work and help me get round the world in one piece. Thank you!