This week I have had news of two charity efforts that involve huge personal strength of differing kinds. One in the South pole and the other in the North Atlantic.....
One of the recent post-grads from where I work, Cameron Hudson, is about to embark on a 700mile trek across Antarctica to raise funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind and the International Glaucoma Association.
This is a huge physical and mental challenge and Cameron hopes to raise at least £250,000 for these worthy causes. For more information and to find out how to make a donation (which is via the justgiving website), please visit http://www.visionsouthpole.org/ [link since expired]
2007 Atlantic Rowing Race
Colleagues from the Cardiff rowing community are taking on the 2007 Atlantic Rowing Race.
Rower Jo Davies trained at LRC as part of the Cardiff University Rowing Squad. After failing to complete the Atlantic Rowing Race in 2005 due to injury, Jo is attempting the crossing again this year with three other women, all of whom were forced to retire from the 2005 race for different reasons.
Their crew - 'Unfinished Business' - will leave the Canary Islands on 3 December and race to Antigua in the 2007 Atlantic Rowing Race, raising money for the Meningitis Trust in the process. Support the girls and follow their progress here: http://rowformeningitis.com/ [link since expired]
I find the kind of efforts people like these go to quite incredible, to put lives on hold and on the line in the name of charitable fundraising is something I am very much in awe of. I will be supporting these and other efforts, seems the least I can do for the moment.