The "Worlds Greatest Living Explorer" (The Guinness Book of World Records), Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, has kindly commented on our expedition saying:
"The Golden Arc Expedition is a reflection of the ambition and passion for adventure which is manifest in the next generation of explorers. Will and George will be tested throughout their extremely physical, mental and technically challenging expedition.
They have created a great opportunity to make a significant impact by raising money to start the Get Exploring Trust to enable more young people to access the outdoors. I wish them the best of luck and look forward to tracking their progress. Please support them."
After a career in the Army and Special Forces Sir Ranulph, adventurer and prolific writer, has completed a mind-boggling catalogue of expeditions, including summiting Mount Everest (oldest Briton to summit), climbing the North Face of the Eiger, to the first 7x7x7 (seven marathons in seven continents in seven days), the first to circumnavigate the world around its polar axis, and the oldest Briton to complete the marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert last year to name just a few.
His spirit, skill and endurance is of huge inspiration to us.
The aim of this expedition is to raise funds to start the Get Exploring Trust, a charitable fund that aims to inspire and enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into the outdoors, to test themselves in different environments and to develop their character through exposure to challenging, exciting and inspiring experiences. This is a mission we passionately believe in that is founded in the personal benefits we have gained through the expeditions and challenges we have been fortunate enough to experience.
The Golden Arc Expedition is set to be a phenomenal challenge - we are paddling further than the distance from London to Moscow through difficult seas in a demanding environment with an extensive list of challenges beyond the physical exertion. However, it will will kick-start our fundraising efforts and set an inspirational foundation for the Get Exploring Trust to succeed and make a very real, and very significant impact on some young peoples lives.
Thank you to all those who have kindly offered to donate to the charity and sponsor us for the pain and misery we will endure. We will post a link shortly with details of how you can donate if you would like to.
We are looking for sponsors!
In the meantime, we are still looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of the expedition. If you are, or know, someone in a suitable position or owner of a business - however small or large - we would love to get in touch and explain how sponsoring us will benefit them. More details can be found on our Support Us page here and our Sponsorship Proposal here.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org