Homeward Bound - From Cornwall to Antarctica

by Rachael Bice in Redruth, England, United Kingdom

Homeward Bound - From Cornwall to Antarctica
We did it
On 24th January 2019 we successfully raised £1,260 with 40 supporters in 55 days

Creating a community resource of stories from inspiring women in science, to connect people to Antarctica, Cornwall and all in between.

by Rachael Bice in Redruth, England, United Kingdom

From Cornwall to Antarctica......

The Plan....

In January 2019, I will travel with 80 women from 26 different countries to Antarctica as a participant in Homeward Bound. We have all been selected as present and future leaders who are passionate about the environment and sustainable future. Designed by women, the leadership programme is specifically focused to advance women in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), with the ambition balancing of the role of men and women in these professional sectors.

Here is a link about the very special Christiana Figueres who is travelling with us. A link to the Homeward Bound website and a short video featuring some of my Fellow participants.

The privilege to travel to the Southern Hemisphere and to one of the most remote places on Earth is not something I am undertaking lightly. It can be a perilous journey, Drake's Passage is a notoriously unpredictable stretch of water, click the video link to see how stormy it can be! Also, once in Antarctica, conditions can be harsh and there is nowhere to get additional support quickly - it is true wilderness.

The Purpose.....

To be one of a relatively few people who will get to visit such a wild and wonderful place, brings a sense of responsibility to create a positive impact at home. In my working life, I am privileged to lead a dedicated and talented team of professionals in Cornwall Council's Environment Service; we have worked together with partners and communities to create and commence the delivery of Cornwall's Environmental Growth Strategy. As evidence for climate change and species extinctions sadly continues to increase; we have to fundamentally rethink the way we see Nature in Cornwall to play our part in ensuring we all (meaning all species and natural systems as well as humans) have a sustainable future. I have dedicated the last decade to developing personally and professionally to meet this challenge; seven years ago a programme called Natural Change transformed my view of the world; Homeward Bound will be the next catalyst to amplify and extend my capacity to lead change for my home, Cornwall.  

While we are in Antarctica we will be visiting notable, beautiful and interesting landing sites. Places made famous by the great explorers and scientists, such as Scott and Shackleton as well as the legendary David Attenborough! The site visits and wildlife encounters will punctuate an intense on-board training programme to develop us as leaders and as a network for global collaboration in future.

I am making a major personal commitment by investing my savings to largely self fund my trip; boosted by some very welcome financial sponsorship from ABB - renewable energy engineering specialists and equipment support from Patagonia, Ruskovilla, Dannah, Iceland as well as Cornish companies Finisterre and Fourth Element.  We are also collaborating with the 'Teach a Girl to Swim' initiative for our Polar Plunge! I have also pledged my support to Cool Earth, a brilliant Cornish based global initiative to mitigate the impacts of my travels too.

How you can help.....

I am seeking to raise funds to support the creation of digital resources and to fund engagement events when I get back. I would like to provide a quality and intimacy of experience to colleagues and communities that will inspire minds and touch hearts; as I hope to encourage more people to feel empowered to support Nature in their personal and professional lives.

The money raised will pay for digital storage for the voyage, some recording equipment, editing capacity for materials and resources to support sharing the messages to a wide group of people when I return. Your support for my efforts would mean a huge amount to me as I undertake the journey; enabling me to inspire others to care about our shared home; and to encourage more young women to seek careers in STEM subjects.

In exchange for your financial support I can offer some tokens of appreciation. Below are four images to capture the sentiments of the journey I am undertaking, created by fabulous graphic designer Barnaby Attwell. These beautiful images will be created into postcards, that can be sent from the Post Office in Port Lockroy back to the UK as thank you or personalised message to a loved one. They can also be produced as framed prints or printed on to other items such as bags/ tea towels/t-shirts.

Please note: After December 30th when we sail to AnaI am unlikely to have internet access to pick up orders for the postcard reward. Please do consider a ticket to the talk instead where you can receive a post card but it just won’t be posted to you. 

The designs correspond to the reward offer designs 1-4 running left to right.

Please do contact me if you have any questions about the voyage or the activities I am seeking funds for by following me on Facebook - Homeward Bound Cornwall, or contacting me via this site.

Please note: I have booked the evening of Thursday 28th March at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan for an evening reception for the £15 Reward, I hope providing a definite date is useful and other dates can be arranged.

Please contact me via the Homeward Bound Cornwall facebook page if you would like to attend or send me an email [email protected]


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A original image postcard with personalised message sent from Antarctica to you or a loved one.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Polar Plunge - please donate to encourage me to dip into the Antarctic waters and to support the 'Teach a Girl to Swim' project. In return I'll send you a beautiful photo of the Antarctica landscape (minus lots of women in Ocean Positive bathing suits!)

£15 or more

£ 15 Reward

A post card from the Antarctic and an invitation to a reception evening to hear the stories and images from the trip.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Original art work postcard sent to you or a loved one from Antarctica with the further 3 postcards supplied to create a set.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

The original postcard designs printed together and mounted at A4 size - can be tailored as a Christmas gift if requested.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Life in Antarctica - a presentation or workshop for your school or community group to share the wonders of the most Southern continent and the experience of the Homeward Bound Programme

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Women in Leadership - a presentation and/or workshop for your company/workplace, drawing on stories from the voyage and materials from the Homeward Bound Programme to inspire actions to increase equality in the work place.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Listening, Learning and Leading - a work place or after dinner speech, using the digital materials created from the Antarctic experience, the Homeward Bound Programme insights and personal reflections from my leadership journey.

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