Matching Aaron Banks' £450,000 Donation
Hello my name's Anthony Hogan.
Thank you for dropping by.
I want to match Aaron Banks' generous £450,000 donation to Nigel Farage.
With your help I will donate all £450,000 raised to the Greens, Green LibDems, Plaid Cymru, SNP, other candidates including independents or green Labour candidates who oppose the Conservatives and to help fight a post-Brexit privatisation of the UK's National Health Service.
I would also like to see this money help Take Back Control of the education system which has been destroyed by the Conservatives because of austerity and their insane ideology of deregulation of everything.
My aim is to raise £450,000 by walking from Gibraltar to Westminster via Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona. Then crossing along the south of the Pyrenees to Hendaye, to Pau and Toulouse, Bordeaux, Paris, Brussels, Dunkirk, Dover, London and Brighton. About 2,000 miles / 3,200 Kms to 2,500 miles / 4,000kms. This should take between 5 to 6 months.
Unbiased Documenting of the Opinion of Leavers and Remainers Living on Spain's Mediterranean Coast
On route in Spain, I plan to interview Leavers and Remainers living on the Costas and post these interviews as I go along online.
I'm particularly interested in talking to Leavers because of where they are living, in Europe and how they now feel about the future. I am not planning to judge anyone. I am just planning to listen.
I'm interested in digging deeper to find out why British people who live in Spain would vote Leave, for something that could result in them having to return to England.
I want to ask some difficult questions about the motivation behind voting to Leave the EU when one lives in Europe, and find out was it really European immigration that motivated people to vote Leave, or is it a deeper stirring of tribalism that goes beyond what the British media both left and right are willing to discuss?
Any TV companies that want to follow along on my journey in Spain please donate and then get in touch.
Background of Aaron Banks' Donation
High on Mr. Farage's mind in the US is democracy, and the liberation of the UK from the unelected European Union. But just slightly behind the liberation of the UK is the privatisation of the NHS and the readies that can be made overseeing this.
Like Nigel Farage I love democracy. But I also love the NHS. Selling the national health service off to private unelected US business doesn't seem democratic to me. And privatisation of the NHS is already starting without the consent or oversight of parliament or the people.
You Can Help With A £1.00p Donation
The Crowd Fund In Two Stages
1st stage crowd fund: June and July
Raising £45,000 through donations starting at £1 per person in an initial two month pre-walk crowd fund.
This £45,000 will get the project and walk off the ground. This money will pay for publicity of the walk, a website with information on the walk, my accommodation on route, food and any other expenses. I will publish a final listing of my receipts online so my supporters can see how their money was spent.
I'm happy to receive donations from small businesses along the route or from small businesses in the UK who might be happy to help.
Please note: I will not take a salary, nor make a financial profit from my supporters donations.
2nd stage crowd fund: August, September, October and November
Raising £450,000 through donations starting at £1 per person on route to London.
For every mile of the 2,000 I walk I will need to raise an average of £225.00.
Using satellite tracking I will be able to let supporters know on Twitter and on Crowd Funder every second evening if I'm on target and the miles / kms walked over the last few days with photos of my journey.
What The Greens, Green LibDems, Plaid Cymru and SNP Could Do With £450,000
£450,000 could field 10 campaigns for the Greens, Green LibDems, Plaid Cymru and the SNP in marginal constituency seats that could result in around 10 new national MPs for these parties at the next general election.
Matching Aaron Banks' £450,000 would be a major media event and create a lot of publicity both at home and abroad. In a media dominated world events like this create headlines.
Why Am I Doing This Walk?
It's clear that Brexit is about the wealthy financial backers of the referendum making lots of cash off the back of the result, the sale of the NHS and bankers avoiding new EU taxes; a classic manipulation of people many in desperate financial circumstances due to the Conservative party's policy of austerity.
I have up until this point planned, organised and launched this crowd fund independently of the Greens, Green LibDems, Plaid Cymru and SNP. Defending the NHS against rapacious, profit driven and unaccountable corporations, and corrupt present and future government is motivation enough.
Training For My Walk and Route
I live in the mountains in central Spain so have the fortune of being able to keep reasonably fit and healthy.
I walk most days at 3,500 ft and walk at slightly higher altitude (6,000 to 8,000ft) at weekends.
The main challenges I face on this long walk from the south of Spain to Westminster are feet and muscle injury and heat exhaustion as it will be at least 40c plus in the first month of walking in August. Spain is a hot country in the summer and autumn and that's partly the reason I have chosen a longer coastal route as this should be slightly cooler. See pictures below.
Depending on how much money I have raised by the time I reach Barcelona I will either trek across the Pyrenees, or walk along the southern side of the Pyrenees to the Atlantic coast before U-turning and heading to Toulouse and then around again to Bordeaux and straight up the centre of France.
I will publish daily updates on a Twitter page and any help on route from the south of Spain to London will be very welcome.
If you'd like to get involved in my project and crowd funded 2,000 mile walk please make a small donation and then send me a message.
Spanish News Media Coverage To Date
Below is the longer of the planned two routes planned. The actual route may change nearer the time.
The scale of the images can be enlarged by right clicking on the mouse and selecting view image.
Training and cross-mountain trekking
Sunday 9th June, 2019
Latest training for 2000 Mile Walk:
Training in the central mountain system of Spain, 100kms (60 miles) west of Madrid.
This was an unexpected and very difficult walk which took me and my friend up to about 1,700 metres or 5,577 feet. We trekked up about 850 metres or 2,790 feet in about four hours. The angle of the mountain was layered in terraces of rocks between 30% to 60%. Traversing made some of the trek easier but we decided to call it a day because we'd got up to a cliff face which looked more dangerous than fun trekking! See the video. In all we covered 14 kms / just under 9 miles in six and half hours with a couple of stops.
Wednesday 29th May, 2019
Training for my 2,000 mile walk from Gibraltar to London today. Temperatures were around 28c / 30c this afternoon. Hotter in the direct sun. Altitude 4,000ft / 1230 metres.
Some of the views from this afternoon's training in central Spain. Even though temperatures here in central Spain hit 45c in mid summer in the interior (higher in Madrid) the countryside is spectacular. It is these natural ecosystems that you see in the photos here that we need to protect around the world.
Below: Altitude walking at 7,000 ft on Saturday 25th May in the mountains of central Spain