This spring Leo and Matthew (Team Moskus) will be travelling to Arctic Greenland, undertaking a 40-day expedition with both scientific and mountaineering objectives. We will be conducting research on a major glacier in the Stauning Alps region of eastern Greenland as well as attempting numerous first ascents of unclimbed mountains within that range.
We have already secured funding for our expedition, and this PLEDGIT Campaign is in NO WAY to raise funds for ourselves or for the Greenland endeavour.
However, our expedition provides us with both a platform and a significant challenge - the two essential ingredients of charitable fundraising - and so we want to use this opportunity to raise some money for two causes that are close to our hearts. The charities we have chosen may seem a disparate pairing, but both have relevance for our expedition and tackle issues that permeate throughout our modern world, affecting almost all of us at some point in our lives:
• Anxiety UK is a brilliant charity that has been confronting anxiety disorder in all its many guises since its inception in 1970. Camping unsupported in the kingdom of the polar bear means our expedition members will be no stranger to anxiety while in Greenland. Learning to accept the near-constant presence of this emotion will be crucial to ensuring we stay mentally healthy during our time on the ice.
• Trees for Life is a wonderful charity, based in northwest Scotland, which is committed to restoring the Caledonian Forest. This unique ecosystem - the Highland's equivalent to the Amazon's rainforest - once covered vast swathes of northern Scotland but has since been reduced to a mere 1% of its former range. It supports some of the UK's most important endemic wildlife, animals like the Scottish wildcat, crossbill and capercaillie. Given our expedition's concern with climate-change, we want to support Trees for Life's excellent work, which uses ecological restoration to help Scotland's environment sequester more greenhouse gases, mitigate flooding and safeguard biodiversity.
We chose to use this platform - Pledgit - because its fees (2% of donations) are less than half what JustGiving charge, and Pledgit also gives us the opportunity to put our money where our mouth is by match-funding the first £400 of your donations with our own money. This means that a very high proportion of whatever you give (usually more than 96% after card processing fees) will reach the charities and be put to good use.
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Thank you for your support.
Leo and Matthew