We wanted to choose a challenge that would be back-breakingly difficult but also just about achievable. As both of us have rowed competitively, we looked to that sport for the answer, and found it in the 3,600 mile crossing from Exmouth, Western Australia to Port Louis, Mauritius.
4,000 people have climbed Everest. 536 people have gone into space. Only 20 have rowed the Indian Ocean.
Setting off in Spring 2017, we will spend 3 months at sea, burning 8,000 calories per day as we row in 2 hour shifts, 24 hours a day. We will battle sleep deprivation, hurricane force winds and 50 ft waves! If we succeed, we will be the 5th pair to have ever made the crossing.
Our hope is to raise £100,000 for MSF. Founded in 1971, this global charity delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare. They place highly skilled medical staff, logisticians and water & sanitation experts in disaster zones, and carry out over 8 million patient consultations every year. Since 1971, they have treated over one hundred million patients. We cannot think of a more worthy cause.
We have persuaded a private charitable trust to match the first £4,000 of public donations to get the campaign off to a good start, and hope to bring in other match funders as the challenge progresses. This website, PLEDGIT, charges just 2.5% to cover its costs (compared to 5% on JustGiving) and charges nothing on the matched funds, so a very high percentage of the amount donated will go to MSF.
Thank you for any support you can give.
Ted and Jack