Climb Mountains 2 Help Maiden & Lets Educate Girls

by Annie O Sullivan in London, England, United Kingdom

Climb Mountains 2 Help Maiden & Lets Educate Girls
We did it
On 2nd September 2020 we successfully raised £140 with 4 supporters in 55 days

Annie and fellow sailors will Climb Snowdon+Kilimanjaro to raise £1085 for S/Y Maiden for girls education - Come and help us! All welcome xx

Along with my sailing colleagues, I aim to support girls education worldwide via the Maiden Factor & S/Y Maiden.

So far Annie, Julie, Kate, Jemma, and Karen are all fired up and training/in preparation for the 1st of 2 climbs in a few weeks. 

1. SNOWDON         September 3rd 2020  - 1085 metres High

2. KILIMANJARO   October 2020 date TBC (subject to CV-19 travel restrictions) - 5895 metres high

We hope that more sailors will join us on the climbs to raise at least £1085 with the option of a virtual walk being confirmed from home.


Why are we raising funds:

130 million girls worldwide are currently denied an education. According to UNESCO, 39 million girls aged 11 to 15 are not in secondary school. So where are the adolescent girls? 1 in 7 is married by the age of 15. Up to half of all girls in developing countries are mothers before they turn 18. If present trends continue, more than 100 million girls will probably be married as children in the next decade.

The Maiden Factor Foundation will receive the proceeds from the Maiden Factor’s fundraising activities with the yacht Maiden. The Maiden Factor Foundation’s mission is to: Empower/teach/mentor girls, promote, facilitate, lobby for or provide solutions which enable the education of girls not currently afforded that basic human right.  

The Maiden team works with and supports communities around the world who enable girls into education and empower and support them to remain throughout their teenage years.

We know that if every girl has a full education, the world will be a better place – for everyone.

However, studies show that when schools resume after Covid 19, the group of children most at risk of not returning to education are disadvantaged and vulnerable girls and those in poverty.  We are raising funds to Keep Maiden Moving so that our work with their communities can continue! 

30 years ago, Maiden carried the first all-female crew to sail around the planet when she competed in the worlds’ toughest ever yacht race. Her mission was to prove that women could compete alongside men.  In 2015 she was restored to her former glory and in November 2018 Maiden set sail on a new mission; to empower and inspire women and girls around the globe and to enable girls into education.

But now, she needs your help!  In March 2020 the world tour was postponed due to the pandemic. But we must keep going so that when it is safe to do so we can set sail again. When the tour resumes, we will be covering 150,000 miles over three years and visiting over 60 destinations in over 30 countries.  The more we can raise for each mile, the more communities we can work with and the more girls we can support.

PLEASE help us by sponsoring a mile for as much as you can. 

You can donate without or with a unique Maiden reward as a thank you from us!

The Maiden Factor - A tale of determination in the face of adversity

Skippered by Tracy Edwards MBE, Maiden carried the first ever all-female crew to sail in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. 

Despite fierce opposition, sexism and criticism, at 11am on 2nd September 1989 Tracy and her team squared up on the start line of the Whitbread Round the World Race. They went on to win two of the toughest legs coming second overall.

Maiden was sold after the race and lost for 25 years, then in 2015 she was found, rescued and restored to her former glory.


Maiden Now!

Maiden set sail in November 2018 on an initial three-year world tour.  During the tour so far, we have facilitated; 

- Storybooks and other reading materials in local languages, together with teacher training and on-going support as well as child friendly learning environments

- Training for women to give life skills classes and camps for girls

- Girls’ tuition, uniforms and safe transport to school

- Mentoring for communities and families

- Resources for girls to learn to read and write

- New teachers and provided coaching for a year

We work with and support communities and groups who wish to enable girls into education and empower and support them to remain in education through their teenage years. 

Maiden is living proof, to the girls whom we support, that Anything is Possible.

Maiden inspires and empowers girls and shows them what they can achieve.

Maiden proves to girls that if we work together we can achieve real equality.

Our work is more important now than ever.  


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